My name is Nik Papageorgiou. Yes, that’s Greek, and so is half my genotype.
Back in the days of yore, I used to be a cell biologist with a PhD in neurodegeneration (think Alzheimer’s etc). I ran the gamut of academia (degree-postgrad-PhD-postdoc-despair), and now I work in science communications at EPFL. I love science, but I lament the current state of the scientific business.
I also write fiction. Some of my short stories have featured on Lablit.com, and my first novel, Lazarus, was published in 2012 (Amazon | Smashwords). One day, sighed many a novelist, there will be more.
Strangely enough, I’m mostly known for my comics. They came to be through unemployment and disillusionment, and I’m still surprised by how popular they have become – especially since I can’t really draw, which I hear is an important skill for cartoonists. Nonetheless, I have the privilege to contribute to Chemistry World and EPFL’s magazine on a regular basis.
I am also a Christian. This is the best thing that’s ever happened to me, and I hope it defines me above all else. I dig into theology, apologetics and philosophy a fair bit, all of which generally lead me to hold Reformed views.
Finally, I’m an abstract sequential thinker and an INTJ. I share those utterly useless details because they might explain why, despite the multitude of science comics, this blog doesn’t really have a single theme – and why I’m still calling it a “blog” instead of a “website”. Another reason is that I don’t know anything about web design. You kids today.
And if, for some reason, you want to find out more about me, you can check out my LinkedIn profile. I promise you it’s a riveting read.
Email: theupturnedmicroscope[at]gmail dot com