I live in Shreveport, Louisiana, but am relatively new to the South.. I grew up in Los Angeles, CA, and have been working in academia (molecular biology/ microbiology) for a long while now, with stints in northern California, upstate New York and Boston before taking a faculty job at LSU Health Sciences Center, in August 2010. Although I do science for a living, I love the humanities (literature, history, etc), art and music. What else? I'm a bit of a coffee snob, I love doing big city things but also miss living near mountains / easier access to the hike-able great outdoors. I like all the lizards and wild birds of Louisiana, and the cuisine is amazing. Not such a fan of the humidity and mosquitos, but I'm getting used to it.