Lizzard O'Day

You guys are amazing- such great questions. Thanks for making this so much fun (even if I have to get up 4am)

Favourite Thing: Asking “what’s that?”. Being a scientist is like being an explorer- I get to be curious, I get to wonder, I get to ask questions- everyday I ask “What’s that?” and “What if?”



Boston College (B.S. Biochemistry), University of Cambridge (MPhil Chemistry), Harvard University (PhD Biochemistry & Proteomics)


Harvard University – biochemistry

Work History:


Lizzard Fashion

Current Job:

PhD Student & CEO of Lizzard Fashion

Me and my work

A picture is worth a thousand words- I try to figure out what molecules in our cells look like and use that info to design new drug candidates

I am PhD student at Harvard University working as a joint student in two labs; one biophysics and the other cancer cell biology based.   I use structural biology to try to get a snapshot of how specific molecules in our cells look to broaden our understanding of molecular pathways that could be important in diseases like cancer and leverage that information to design new drug candidates.   

My Typical Day

I’m a lab geek. I’m in the lab early and I leave very late.. I break up the day with a fashion project here and there.

As a scientist you tend to work a lot. I try to get to lab before 8am and I rarely leave before midnight- it’s a full day of experiments, reading papers, discussing ideas, and then testing them out.  It keeps me quite busy and it’s a lot of fun.  I also started my own fashion company, “Lizzard Fashion” (, which seeks to promote science through fashion.  In between running western blots and setting up an NMR experiments I’ll design a new T-shirt.  Lizzard, makes science fashionable.  

What I'd do with the money

Proyecto chispa (Proyecto Chispa)- sending recycled computers to orphanages in Latin America.

I recently started a computer recycling program called “Proyecto Chispa” (Project Spark), a new project designed to encourage the education of underprivileged children. As part of the program, we recycle used computers, refurbish them and install educational games (teaching English, Math, Science, Grammar and so much more). The computers are then sent to children in orphanages in Central and Latin America. I hope that these computers will serve as the “chispa” or spark for the children to continue learning at the highest level possible and, through education break the cycle of poverty.   We have sent over 90 computers so far and w/ this money we could send even more!  

more about proyecto chispa can be found here!

or watch our youtube video!


o and if there’s any dinero left over- I’ll probably get burritos for all my friends.  


My Interview

How would you describe yourself in 3 words?

A little creative ;)

Who is your favourite singer or band?

Too many (I love music- rocking out in the lab is my favorite thing to do).

What is the most fun thing you've done?

Played w/ elephants in Thailand

If you had 3 wishes for yourself what would they be? - be honest!

1. Cure cancer 2&3 need some more time to think about it.

What did you want to be after you left school?

I want to be a scientist- I hope to have my own lab one day and continue exploring the world around us.

Were you ever in trouble in at school?

it has happened.

What's the best thing you've done as a scientist?

Test out a drug I made on cancer cells

Tell us a joke.

What do you do when a chemist dies? *barium