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AMy Cheu

I am currently a PhD student in Dr. Philip Bergmann's lab at Clark University studying the complex relationships between vertebrate form and function. I'm also interested muscle physiology and comparative biomechanics. Although I love all organisms, my primary focus is with lizards. Check out my "Science" tab for more information on my research and interests!

Aside from research, I am an artist, hoping to integrate science with the visual arts through scientific illustration and science communication. I also highly enjoy character design, concept art, and general nerdy sci-fi illustration. I use both digital and traditional media with Adobe Photoshop and oil paints as my favorite.

My other hobbies include snowboarding, rock climbing, cooking, hiking, camping, crafting things, and chasing lizards. I love winter.


Basiliskos or the basilisk, is a legendary reptile known as the king of serpents with the power to inflict death with a single glance. It is arguably one of the most feared beasts in mythology and its dangerous reputation gives it a strong presence in modern day popular culture. However, apart from mythology, the basilisk is also the common name for a genus of lizards living in the tropical regions of the western hemisphere. I found "Basiliskos" to be the perfect pen name because it combines my love for science fiction and fantasy with my scientific research.