Tejas S. Athni

Stanford University

Meet Tejas

Tejas Athni is an undergraduate student at Stanford University, originally from Macon, Georgia.

Currently, he is a student researcher in the Department of Biochemistry and the Department of Biology at Stanford. Previously, Tejas has been involved with neuro-oncology and plant biology research at Karmanos Cancer Institute (Detroit, MI) and Fort Valley State University (Fort Valley, GA). He was a member of a research team investigating phytochemicals as possible treatment options for glioblastoma multiforme (GBM) brain cancer, has worked to identify palynological reasons why two medicinal plants are approaching extinction, and has instructed student research programs for the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).

Through his research, Tejas has been recognized with numerous national and international awards, including the American Academy of Neurology (AAN) Neuroscience Research Prize. He has presented and discussed his research at various scientific conferences, pharmaceutical companies, and public speaking venues such as TEDxPeachtree.

Tejas is also a volunteer EMT with Santa Clara County, CA and on the Board of Officers for Stanford EMS. He is a co-founder of Perfusion, a CPR education and legislative advocacy organization. In his free time, Tejas enjoys playing on the ultimate frisbee team.

Tejas’ long-term goals include pursuing a career as a physician-scientist.



The Evolution of Modern Medicine: From Garden to Pill Box

Medicinal Plants (Springer)
Athni TS, Athni SS
Chapter 1, pp. 1-16, Nov 2019
DOI: 10.1007/978-3-030-31269-5_1


Reproductive Biology of a Threatened Medicinal Herb Scutellaria ocmulgee Small from Georgia

In Vitro Cellular & Developmental Biology – Animal
Vaidya BN, Athni T, Sreepathi V, Joshee N
vol. 54, p. S43, June 2018
DOI: 10.1007/s11626-018-0251-9


Inhibiting the Proliferation of Patient-Derived Glioblastoma Multiforme (GBM) Cells and U-87 MG Cell Line Using Leaf Extract of Bacopa monnieri

Athni T
, Vaidya BN, Joshee N, Parajuli P

vol. 14, pp. 811–812, July 2017
DOI: 10.1007/s13311-017-0543-x

Inhibiting the Proliferation of Patient-Derived Glioblastoma Multiforme (GBM) Cells and U-87 MG Cell Line Using Leaf Extract of Bacopa monnieri


Palynological Evaluation and Pollination Biology of Scutellaria ocmulgee, A Threatened Medicinal Plant from Middle Georgia