My name is Aizan Fahri, a virologist trainee at the University of Rochester Medical Center (URMC), New York. Trainee here indicates that I am a PhD student and currently I am in my first-year. According to the national average, I will (hopefully) graduate within 5.5 years with a philosophical degree (PhD) in Microbiology.

University of Rochester Medical Center

The formative event that inspired me to pursue this path was when I took the virology course when I was an undergraduate at the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT), Rochester NY. I always tell people that my motivation to study viruses due to the fact that viruses are evil, knowing them means knowing ourselves too.

I graduated from RIT on May 19th, 2017 with a Magna Cum Laude, a fancy Greek’s way of saying my CGPA is above 3.6 and it literally translates into “with great distinction”. I thank my sponsor, the government of Malaysia, for allowing me to study in the States for my undergraduate education. At the URMC, I am being sponsored generously by the University itself.

My hobby is photography, digital sketching (mostly with Inkscape), and writing. I am the least active member at Amanz Media ( and currently writing popular science articles at SainsMY ( This is simply saying that if my vocation to be a bench scientist doesn’t work out, I can be a science writer.

If you wish to connect with me, I am pretty responsive via Twitter (@aixnr) and email (aixnr256 [at] gmail [dot] com).

About This Blog

CaspershireNet was launched back in 2014 (if I remember correctly). The name was inspired by a blogging platform called Ghost, which I am no longer using nowadays in favor of something much simpler, the Hugo. CaspershireNet has a sister blog called MetaCS.

CaspershireNet houses my long-form articles with less concentration on technical writing. Whereas, my MetaCS is where I jot down my technical notes about everything in biological science and information technology. As I said above, writing is my hobby and I stand by this motto:

A scribe’s lust pens the world’s words.

I hope you enjoy my critical thoughts on CaspershireNet.