About Me


Welcome! I’m Aliyah: scientist, introvert, traveler, thinker, and lover of sweets!

I moved from New Jersey to Pittsburgh, PA in August 2013 to work towards a Ph.D. in immunology at the University of Pittsburgh. In January 2017, I relocated to Paris (yes, France!) to wrap up my doctoral research thanks to the Chateaubriand Fellowship from the French Embassy. After graduating in 2018, I plan to pursue a career in cancer immunology research.

This blog is about everything grad school-related: both science and life outside of the lab. I believe it is important to show that scientists can have passions outside of research and still achieve success.


The focus of my PhD dissertation is cancer immunotherapy and tertiary lymphoid organs, and I’m currently very interested in using imaging techniques and bioinformatics approaches to answer my questions. Most of my non-technical science writing, both on this blog and elsewhere, focuses on the practice and dissemination of scientific research. Throughout my blog, you can find information tailored for graduate students (or grad students-to-be), or individuals interested in science or in science communication.

Not science:

I love writing, France, traveling, and food. Despite the rigorous time commitment that is grad school, I’ve made time for myself to continue investing in these passions.

Since becoming a PhD student, I’ve taken two big domestic (US) trips – a road trip through 12 states with my family in summer 2014, and a cross-country train trip through 19 states in winter 2015- as well as numerous shorter trips. I’m currently exploring Europe from my current base in Paris, a city I’ve loved since age 11! Even more about my passion for seeing the world can be found here.

With regards to writing, I started and quickly built a foundation in science blogging over the past 4 years. There are more details about that elsewhere on this page and across this site.

Want more?

If you’re interested in learning more about me, please read my science writing story or visit my About posts for even more. For professional inquiries, you can also view my CV here, or find me on LinkedIn.

Want to get in touch with a comment or a question?  Contact me using the form below! Or, if you need to attach a file, please indicate so using this form and then email me at aliyahweinstein (at) gmail (dot) com.


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