Tejas Athni’s Ted Talk to be shown at assembly later this semester
October 16, 2017
Senior Tejas Athni’s Tedx Talk video will be shown to Stratford students later this semester.
Tejas was filmed for the presentation on Oct. 6 at the Rialto Center for the Arts in Atlanta,.Georgia.
During his Ted Talk, Tejas discussed his research and journey. His current research focuses on a plant called Bacopa Monnieri and its anti-tumor effects on glioblastoma.
By the end of his study, the results showed that the plants’ extract inhibited the growth of these deadly tumor cells.
Tejas began his research at the end of eighth grade at the department of plant biotechnology at Fort Valley State University and has been conducting research ever since.
“It’s hard … time management is one of the things that I have had to learn over the past few years,” he said. “Especially with balancing school work, volunteering and also playing tennis when the season starts.”
During the Ted Talk, Tejas spoke about his journey that got him to this point and his current brain cancer research and what he plans to do with this research in the future. His career goals are to become a physician or medical researcher.
“I am very humbled,” he said. “It is a cool opportunity and I am really nervous but I am also really excited.”