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  • Corner Bar at Peabody Hotel 149 Union Avenue Memphis, TN, 38103 United States (map)

Come join the Memphis taste of science team at the Peabody Hotel for a social event to cap off a week of science and learning! We will have a roped off section on the upper tier of the Corner Bar. All speakers, guests, and organizers are invited so everyone can meet speakers from events they might have missed earlier in the week or talk more to those they were really intrigued by.



Eat, Drink, and Be Merry! We don't have an open bar, but you are more than welcome to order food or drink. Servers will come around or you can mosey on up to the bar. The team may bring a few homemade treats, as well!

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

Meet our team...


Laura Hamel

City Coordinator

I'm a transplant to Memphis from Maine via Florida. I currently research hearing repair at St Jude Children's Research Hospital, and enjoy exploring the restaurants and pubs of Memphis in my down time.





Stephanie Smith

Speaker Liaison

I am a Memphis transplant from Ft. Worth, Texas by way of Madison, WI. I work at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital and am trying to find new treatments for children with brain cancer. My goal is for my research to result in a new clinical trial before the completion of my postdoctoral training. When I'm not in the lab, I enjoy spending time with my husband and two dogs, exploring the mid-south, being a vegetarian foodie, and drinking craft beer!



Mark Brimble

Event Manager

Part of the 20<30 class of 2017, as awarded by the Memphis flyer, Mark is currently a PhD candidate at University College London, specializing in Hemophilia gene therapy. He runs the monthly comedy showcase 'drafts and laughs' at Memphis Made Brewing with his comedy troupe the comma comedians, and hosts the science communication podcast 'Dr Heckle' available on all podcast apps


Jennifer Stripay

Social Media and Publicity Manager

Full time cancer biologist, part time culinary adventurer, and weekend brunch enthusiast. Memphis transplant with a passion for science advocacy, philanthropy and community service.





Myron Evans

Social Media and Publicity Manager

I'm a research scientist at St. Jude with a passion for not only science, but also exploring the city.










Event Host

I am a PhD student at the University of TN Health Science Center and St Jude. Most adults have 3-5 herpesviruses, such as chickenpox. I study how these viral squatters affect your immune response to common infections, such as a cold or the flu. I'm very passionate about science advocacy and enjoy sharing science with others to raise awareness of science topics important for the general public and to encourage students to pursue STEM careers!



Event Host

I'm a Venezuelan PhD student at St. Jude with a genuine love for Memphis. My work focuses on understanding the mechanisms of immune signaling and cell metabolism that control the differentiation and function of T cells. I'm the President of the Grad. Student Exec. Council of the University of TN Health Science Center. I am a runner and social media enthusiast with a passion for science advocacy.



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Evan Comeaux

Event Host

I am a post-doc at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital interested in science advocacy and sharing scientific knowledge. Let's make science tasty so more people will eat it!










Event Host

Avid cyclist, passionate microbiologist, and proud Memphis transplant, I enjoy bridging people and communities together. 














Event Host

I am originally from Chicago, went to school in Michigan and Texas and now I am a postdoc at St Jude










Event Host

I am currently a scientist working on the production of novel immune- and gene-therapuetics to treat patients with rare blood diseases. I previously worked on the structural biology of retroviral assembly and cellular division (mitosis), understanding how viruses assemble in cells and how our cells produce new cells, respectively. I hope to share my interest in science and continue the growth of Memphis' scientific curiosity and excitement in the mid-south.


Jake Dundee

Event Host

I am an undergraduate Biochemistry student from the University of Bath in the UK, apparently I have the 'good' British accent. My research interests stretch from neuroscience to enzymology. In my spare time, I act as a socially acceptable pirate (otherwise known as a fencer).





Kamalika Mukherjee

Event Host

I am a pharmaceutical research scientist at St Jude Children's Research Hospital where I study drug transporters which play a major role in the effectiveness as well as toxicity of drugs in the human body. I love communicating and sharing different perspectives of science with others. Outside work, I love cooking adventures and trying out different cuisines!

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