What I'm doing now

Updated May 20th, 2024 at 9:47pm EST from an Acela train that is exactly 1 hour and 15 minutes late coming to Washington DC due to a signal issue north of Philadelphia.


This September will mark the third anniversary of my working “in the industry”, or rather in a Maryland-based biotech pioneering new treatments for autoimmune disease. I talked about our work today at a conference held in Nasdaq headquarters at Times Square, of all places.


September is also the start of the second-ever graduate course in clinical trials at University of Maryland Baltimore Country, which I help run as a co-instructor together with Wilson Bryan. Here we are talking about it for a UMBC podcast before the inaugural course, having no idea what’s coming. We have learned a lot since then, but the course is very much still a work in progress.


It’s been four years since a colleague and I started a podcast in Serbian called Priključenija, which is an old-timey Serbian word for adventure but also somewhat resembles the word “connections”. It is — as all podcasts featuring two men talking week after week — a show about nothing. Our 200th episode came out today, so we’ve had a whole lot of nothing to discuss over the years.


The children will be 5, 7 and 12 this year, which means that next year my wife and I will officially be the parents of a teenager. Oh my.