Tejas Athni is an undergraduate student at Stanford University pursuing a degree in Neurobiology. Originally from Macon, Georgia, he is a passionate and dedicated student researcher, CPR educator, and speaker, and enjoys sharing his ideas through public outreach programs.
Currently, Tejas is a student researcher who has performed work in the neuro-oncology and plant biology fields. He is a member of a research team developing a phytochemical treatment option for the deadly glioblastoma multiforme (GBM) brain cancer and has worked to identify the biological reasons why two medicinal plants are going extinct in nature.
Through his research, Tejas has won numerous national and international awards, such as the American Academy of Neurology (AAN) Neuroscience Research Prize. He has presented and discussed his research at various locations around the world, including at universities, international medical and scientific conferences, pharmaceutical companies, and public speaking venues such as TEDxPeachtree.
Tejas has been featured in numerous news organizations, magazines, and websites, such as Business Wire, Macon Telegraph, WGXA 24 TV, India Abroad, Atlanta Daybook, PR Newswire, India West, Georgia Family Magazine, News India Times, and numerous others.
Academically, Tejas has been named a Coca-Cola Foundation Scholar, a Burger King Scholar, and a National Merit Scholar.
Tejas has also immersed himself into volunteering and outreach, amassing over 850 hours of service. He has instructed research programs for the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and has created a nonprofit organization devoted to teaching CPR and basic life-saving skills. Tejas has taught in the local community as well as abroad, such as in the rural villages of South India.
For his outreach efforts, Tejas was awarded the President’s Volunteer Service Award and the Golden Eagle award.
Tejas delivered his presentation at TEDxPeachtree in October 2017 at the Rialto Center for the Arts in Atlanta, Georgia.