About Tejas

Tejas Athni is a dedicated and highly-motivated high school student who attends Stratford Academy in Macon, GA. His interests are quite diverse, ranging from scientific research to journalism to community service. He enjoys sharing his ideas and mentoring other students through public outreach programs.

Currently, he is a student researcher at Karmanos Cancer Institute (Detroit, MI) and Fort Valley State University (Fort Valley, GA). Tejas has won numerous national and international awards, including winning the 2017 American Academy of Neurology (AAN)’s Neuroscience Research Competition and being named a finalist for the 2017 Intel International Science & Engineering Fair (ISEF),  2017 iSWEEEP International Science Fair,  2017 International BioGENEius Challenge, and the 2017 National Junior Science & Humanities Symposium (JSHS).

He has presented and discussed his research at various locations around the world, including universities, non-profit foundations, pharmaceutical companies, international medical and scientific conferences, and other speaking venues. Additionally, Tejas spoke at TEDxPeachtree in October 2017.

Tejas has been featured in numerous news organizations, magazines, and websites, such as Business Wire, WGXA 24 TV, Macon Telegraph, Atlanta Daybook, Georgia Family Magazine, and others. He is actively working on writing research papers that will be submitted for publication in peer-reviewed scientific journals.

Outside of research, Tejas has founded a non-profit organization called CPR Education NovoToro dedicated to teaching basic life-saving skills. He is also the Editor-in-Chief of an international online magazine (Publizette), and is a contributing author for The Huffington Post.

Additionally, he has immersed himself into community service throughout his high school career, amassing over 850 hours of service. Tejas has volunteered at organizations such as Hephzibah Childrens Home, Morningside Assisted Living Residence, Coliseum Northside Hospital, and the Red Cross.

Tejas’ long-term goals include pursuing a career in the medical field, either as a physician or a medical researcher (MD and PhD).