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Speed-mentoring with Scientists

  • Cafe Eclectic 603 North McLean Boulevard Memphis, TN, 38107 United States (map)

A fun event open to all, but targeted to college and high school students, to meet local biomedical graduate students.

This event will be set up in a "speed dating" format, where guests will have the opportunity to speak with each of the graduate students one-on-one.

Enjoy a cup of Joe learning about college and grad school as a science student, what life is like as a researcher, the career path to becoming a scientist, exciting ongoing biomedical research in Memphis, and more!



Doors will open at 6:30pm. Enjoy a cup of coffee, pastries, and food while chatting with new friends!


Following a brief introduction to taste of science and thanks to our sponsors, we will organize our graduate students at tables around the room, and then invite the guests to sit with a grad student each. After 5 minutes all grad students will shift one seat to the left, and so on until each guest has met each student. There will be plenty of time at the end to go back and talk to anyone you had more questions for. 

This event is free, but seating is limited; only a limited number of tickets will be available at the door. 




In collaboration with the Graduate Student Executive Council (GSEC) at UTHSC




Some of our invited graduate students...



I am interested in the immune responses to influenza infection that lead to negative outcomes in infants and other immunocompromised individuals. Outside the lab, you can see me taking bike, rides, hiking, and taking my dog to the park.




I work on antibacterial drug discovery. My project involves identifying new targets for modified antibacterial drugs to develop treatment for multi-drug resistant Gram-negative bacterial infections. When I’m not in the lab, I enjoy painting and cooking.









I study fusion genes that are associated with pediatric leukemia. I enjoy volunteering with the kids at St. Jude.











I seek to further our understanding of how resistance is acquired against sulfonamide antibiotics.  I also screen for and characterize new inhibitors of metabolic pathways related to folate biosynthesis. I enjoy running in my spare time.






Meet our hosts...



My work focuses on understanding how T cells (think of them as your own defensive military force) consume and process nutrients to produce energy and be able to fight off diseases, tumors, and infections. Outside the lab, I enjoy running and exploring all things local in Memphis.








Most adults have 3-5 herpesviruses, such as chickenpox. I study how these viral squatters affect the immune response to common infections, such as a cold or the flu. In my free time, I like attending cultural festivals and performing arts events, such as broadway shows.