Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences

Tanvi Jakkampudi

M.D./Ph.D. Student

Tanvi Jakkampudi is a medical student in the South Texas Medical Scientist Training Program (MD/PhD Program). She will enter into graduate school portion of the training program in 2025.

About Me

Hey guys! My name is Tanvi, and I was born and raised in Dallas, Texas. Growing up, I attended an all-girls school from pre-k through high school, and some of my best friends today are those I met when I was three. For college, I moved to Pittsburgh to study biophysics and biomedical engineering at Carnegie Mellon University. I loved living in Pittsburgh and spent a lot of time exploring the city’s food and art scene with friends. I then moved to Hamburg, Germany after graduating to continue my undergraduate biophysics research at Deutches-Elektron Synchrotron (DESY). Working at DESY gave me the amazing opportunity to collaborate with a large international group of scientists, while also embracing the chance to live in a foreign country. During my year in Europe, I took every opportunity to travel, meet new people, and experience different cultures. Now, I’m excited to be back home in Texas once again to continue my academic journey in the STX-MSTP!


Cooking, playing tennis, and going to the movies

Research Topic

Cancer Biology, Biophysics, Imaging Methods

Why I chose MD/PhD

I chose MD/PhD because as a physician-scientist I will have the opportunity to translate my research into tangible improvements in patient care, while also having my clinical experience drive my research efforts in the lab.

Why I chose MD/PhD at UT Health San Antonio

I chose to matriculate to the STX-MSTP because of the program’s commitment to excellence and its ability to foster the growth and success of its students, as evidenced by the consistent achievements of past students.

Post-bac work or other affiliations

Fulbright Research Scholarship (2022-23)


B.S.,  Biophysics/Biomedical Engineering, Carnegie Mellon University, 2022


Jakkampudi T., Lin Q., Mitra S., Vijai A., Qin W., Kang A., Chen J., Ryan E., Wang R., Gong Y.,
Heinrich F., Song J., Di Y. P. , & Tristram-Nagle S. (2023). Lung SPLUNC1 Peptide Derivatives in
the Lipid Membrane Headgroup Kill Gram-Negative Planktonic and Biofilm Bacteria. ACS
Biomacromolecules, 24(6).

Jakkampudi T., Lin Q., Heinrich F., Vijai A., Qin W., Kang A., Chen J., Mitra S., Ernst R. K., Di Y. P., & Tristram-Nagle S. (2022). Antimicrobial peptides derived from the SPLUNC1 protein perturb bacterial and eukaryotic lipid model membranes. Biophysical Journal, 121(3).

Rotter D., Peiris H., Grinsfelder D. B., Martin A. M., Burchfield J., Parra V., Hull C., Morales C. R.,
Jessup C. F., Matusica D., Parks B. W., Lusis A. J., Nguyen N. U. N., Oh M., Iyoke I., Jakkampudi
T., McMillan D. R., Sadek H. A., Watt M. J., Gupta R. K., Pritchard M. A., Keating D. J., &
Rothermel B. A. (2018). Regulator of Calcineurin 1 helps coordinate whole-body metabolism
and thermogenesis. EMBO Reports, 19(12).