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academic alliance Mission

The mission of the Life Science Tennessee Academic Alliance is to bring life science and business graduate students, post-doctoral researchers, together to create opportunities for entrepreneurship, career development, and knowledge sharing with the goal of creating a life science industry network. 
Undergraduate and graduate students and post-doctoral researchers from any school in Tennessee can join the Academic Alliance as an individual member. 

School Chapters

School chapters are managed by a network of students at each school. Active chapters exist at Vanderbilt University, Middle Tennessee State University and St. Jude. Even if a chapter does not exist at your school, students are welcome to attend Alliance activities at any school. You can find upcoming event listings on the LifeSciTN events calendar. 


Nashville Chapter
Contact: Edward van Opstal -


Memphis Chapter
Contact: Kamalika Mukherjee -


Beer and Biotech

Beer and Biotech is a regular event that the Nashville and Memphis chapter holds at various locations around Nashville for networking among students and researchers. Check the calendar for upcoming events.

Research Showcase Opportunities

The Academic Alliance offers an opportunity for students to showcase their work, as well as ways interdisciplinary networking among business, science and law students. 

Vanderbilt University TechVenture Challenge

Become an Academic Alliance Member

LifeSciTN has events and activities across the state. As a member you will enjoy all the benefits of membership including the ability to network with the state's top life sciences companies and organizations. Join today for as little as $25/year.  


Start a Chapter

Interested in getting students and researchers together more regularly in your neck of the woods? Start a LifeSciTN Academic Alliance Chapter at your school or in your region. To learn more contact Alex Cate at 


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