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. Prior to Stanford, he has researched at Karmanos Cancer Institute (Detroit, MI) and Fort Valley State University (Fort Valley, GA). 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, most notably the American Academy of Neurology (AAN) Neuroscience Research Prize, and has been named a finalist for the 2017 Intel International Science & Engineering Fair, the 2017 iSWEEEP International Science Fair, the 2017 International BioGENEius Challenge, and the 2017 National Junior Science & Humanities Symposium.
Tejas 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.
He has also volunteered at organizations such as Hephzibah Children’s Home, Morningside of Macon Assisted Living Residence, Coliseum Northside Hospital, and the Red Cross. For his outreach efforts, Tejas was awarded the President’s Volunteer Service Award and the Golden Eagle award.
Outside of science and service, Tejas enjoys writing. He is a contributing author for The Huffington Post and was the Editor-in-Chief of an international online magazine.
Tejas’ long-term goals include pursuing a career in the medical field, as a physician and scientist.
Stanford University (Class of 2022) | Palo Alto, CA | Neurobiology Major
Stratford Academy (Class of 2018) | Macon, GA | Valedictorian