About

Hi! I’m Maia. I’m a microbiologist, writer, artist, and bookworm.

I’m taking my Master’s degree in Microbiology, and I plan to work on gut health or infectious diseases after grad school. During my free time, I create art and read books. I also love fountain pens and mechanical keyboards.

Expertizes

Microbiology

I have an extensive background in Microbiology and Zoology from my Bachelor’s and Master’s degree. I am trained with basic laboratory and academic writing. Further, I participated in field works including a 10-day data collection in Puerto Prinsesa and and 3-day hike in Mt. Makiling.

Creative and Content Writing

I write blogposts, articles, newsletters, and social media posts for my clients across different industries – healthcare, law, technology, and productivity. See my online portfolio.

Read my writings on Thought Catalog, Entity Magazine, and Connected Women.

Science Communication

Since I started writing professionally in 2017, I’ve worked with several laboratories, including Eurofins, for their weekly articles and newsletters.

Paintings and Musings

During my free time, I paint flowers, animals, and microbes. I share my work on this website and @paintingsandmusings on IG and Facebook.

Experiences

Microbiology

2019-Present

I’m currently taking my Master’s degree in Microbiology at the University of the Philippines Diliman. I’m under the Immunopharmacology Department and working on in silico methods that can test how lactic acid bacterial metabolites that can inhibit the growth of pathogenic bacteria.

Science Writing

2017-Present

I made a major pivot in my career in 2017 when I left med school to become a writer. I started as a junior copywriter and gradually transitioned to more technical writing. Now, I’m working with laboratories, law firms, and other clients from several industries.

Pre-med & Med School

2010-2014, 2015-2016

I finished my Bachelor’s degree in Biology with a major in Zoology at the University of the Philippines Los Banos. I initially planned to become a doctor of medicine and gained 80 units of coursework at the Far Eastern University NRMF.

Science & Floral Painting

2017-Present

Aside from writing, painting and illustration is my passion and hobby. I particularly like to paint flowers, animals, and the wonderful world I see under a microscope. I started selling my artworks in 2017.

Let’s make something together.