Tejas Athni is an undergraduate student at Stanford University, originally from Macon, Georgia.
Currently, he is a student researcher in the Mordecai Lab (Department of Biology, Stanford), where he investigates mosquito-borne diseases using computational epidemiology and ecological modeling methods.
Tejas has been published in various peer-reviewed scientific journals, such as Developmental Cell and Ecology Letters. He has been recognized with numerous national and international awards, including the Goldwater Scholarship, the Coca-Cola Scholarship, the Neuroscience Research Prize from the American Academy of Neurology, and the American Statistical Association Award from Intel International Science & Engineering Fair. He has presented and discussed his research at various scientific and medical conferences, and public speaking venues such as TEDxPeachtree.
Tejas serves as an EMT in Santa Clara County, CA and vice president of Stanford EMS. He is a co-founder of Perfusion, an organization dedicated to providing CPR and emergency skills training to low-resource schools. A former All-Middle Georgia first team selection and 2x state champion in tennis, Tejas now enjoys competing on Stanford’s ultimate frisbee club team.
Previously, Tejas was a member of the Rohatgi Lab (Department of Biochemistry, Stanford), where he helped to elucidate a new biochemical mechanism regulating heart development, and the Joshee Lab (Department of Plant Science, Fort Valley), where he investigated phytochemicals as inhibitory agents of glioblastoma multiforme (GBM) brain cancer, helped to identify the reproductive barriers of two medicinal plants threatened under climate change, and co-instructed research outreach programs sponsored by the United States Department of Agriculture.
The influence of vector-borne disease on human history: socio-ecological mechanisms
Ecology Letters, vol. 24(4), pp. 829-846
Athni TS, Shocket MS, Couper LI, Nova N, Caldwell IR, Caldwell JM, Childress JN, Childs ML, De Leo GA, Kirk DG, MacDonald AJ, Olivarius K, Pickel DG, Roberts SO, Winokur OC, Young HS, Cheng J, Grant EA, Kurzner PM, Kyaw S, Lin BJ, Lopez RC, Massihpour DS, Olsen EC, Roache M, Ruiz A, Schultz EA, Shafat M, Spencer RL, Bharti N, Mordecai EA
A Membrane-Tethered Ubiquitination Pathway Regulates Hedgehog Signaling and Heart Development
Developmental Cell, vol. 55(4), pp. 432-449
Kong JH, Young CB, Pusapati GV, Patel CB, Ho S, Krishnan A, Lin JH, Devine W, de Bellaing AM, Athni TS, Aravind L, Gunn TM, Lo CW, Rohatgi R
Reproductive Biology of a Threatened Medicinal Herb Scutellaria ocmulgee Small from Georgia
In Vitro Cellular & Developmental Biology – Animal, vol. 54, p. S43
Vaidya BN, Athni T, Shreepathi V, Joshee N
Inhibiting the Proliferation of Patient-Derived Glioblastoma Multiforme (GBM) Cells and U-87 MG Cell Line Using Leaf Extract of Bacopa monnieri
Neurotherapeutics, vol. 14, pp. 811-812
Athni T, Vaidya BN, Joshee N, Parajuli P