Ph.D. Bioengineering | EA Lausanne Organizer @ EPFL, Lausanne
6 karmaJoined Aug 2022Pursuing a doctoral degree (e.g. PhD)Lausanne, Suisse


  • Completed the Alt Protein Fundamentals Virtual Program
  • Attended an EA Global conference
  • Attended more than three meetings with a local EA group
  • Received career coaching from 80,000 Hours


This is very inspirational, thank you Catherine! I keep coming back to the question of whether it's worth it to try and capitalize on one's obvious skills (e.g. you as a physicist). At what point does one tell themself "To hell with what I spent many years learning about and let's do this other thing I'm great at"? I found Nate Soares's "Be a new homunculus" very useful to think about this question, though I seem unable to resolve myself to give those skills up. At what point it's not worth it to explore where those could be uniquely useful (and it would be a waste to give it up) anymore?

Is there something you would have told your younger self to convince you to take that path sooner?

Thank you so much for making this! I am very much looking forward to having access to the curriculum and if possible, using it in our local groups to teach people about biosecurity.

Hello! I couldn't join for the original program, will you run it again? I would be very happy to join, if so.

Thanks for making this possible!

Thank you very much for this detailed answer! I'll check out the reports when they get out.

I am so excited by those biosecurity-oriented ideas!

I had a few thoughts about the Advocacy for funding R&D into new antimicrobials:

The current financial incentives to drive new drug development to address this are insufficient. The pipeline is broken; only a handful of novel antibiotics have been developed in the last 30 years. This new charity will advocate for these better market mechanisms, to incentivise the creation and the responsible deployment and use of important new antimicrobial drugs.

I am curious why phage therapy is not mentioned there. Is that intentional? Would it be because it might be much harder to get regulatory approval for this kind of therapy? Or for simplicity of the summary?

Thanks in advance for your answer!

Thank you so much for this, it's so helpful! It looks like an extensive library of useful links too.

I have  a few questions:

  1. Have you heard about the Impactful Policy Careers Workshop (and here too)? If yes, what's your take on it? (it seems to stem from Training for Good but with different objectives and framework)
  2. You talk about orgs in the EA space working on EU policies in Brussels, could you be more specific?
  3. [edit] Do you recommend other 'academic' options besides the College of Europe?
    Heard about this one at Harvard, saw some on Coursera and other websites... Hard to see whether some are more valuable than others.

Thanks again!

Hi, my name is Alix.

I graduated from ETH Zürich and Ecole Polytechnique (France) with a Biomedical Engineering MSc in 2021. I am currently pursuing a Ph.D. focused on the gut microbiota: I am not actively looking for a job, but would very much like to find something much more impactful than what I am doing right now.

  • Location: Lausanne, Switzerland
  • Remote: yes
  • Willing to relocate: no
  • Skills:
    • biomedical engineering, tissue engineering, biomechanics/mechanobiology
    • computer science (Python, Jupyter, git)
    • community building
  • Résumé/CV/LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/alix-pham-b8280713b/
  • Email: alix.kl.pham@gmail.com
  • Notes: 
    • I am interested in alternative proteins (plant-based meat, fermentation, cultivated meat), global health, biosecurity, global priorities research, and community building.
    • Looking for a full-time job
    • I am part of the EA Lausanne committee and have taken part in the Stanford Existential Risk Initiative 2021 Summer Research Program; I have been quite active in the EA space since I joined in February 2021.
  • Available from and until: anytime, from 1 to 3 months after receiving an offer depending on part-time possibilities.