Devanjan Sikder, DVM, MS, PhD
SED Founder & President
Associate Professor, Pediatric Endocrinology, University of Florida College of Medicine
As a faculty member at several medical schools and research facilities (UT Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas; Sanford Burnham Medical Research Institute, Orlando; College of Medicine, University of Florida, Gainesville), Dr. Sikder has directed productive investigations in narcolepsy, obesity, diabetes, and cancer cure, culminating in research papers, patents, and clinical trials. Dr. Sikder is Associate Editor of the American Journal of Digestive Diseases and also serves on editorial boards for numerous medical journals. He has delivered lectures at prestigious national and international conferences, including TED. As Founder and President, Dr. Sikder provides leadership to operations at SED.Email: dev@exploreSED.com
Dillon will be graduating in May 2016 his Bachelor of Science in Biology from University of North Texas in Denton, TX. After graduating, he will be attending Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center where he has been accepted into the School of Medicine to pursue his Doctor of Medicine degree. He has four years of experience in educational roles including his current role at Kaplan Test Prep where he is a test prep instructor for the ACT, DAT, GRE, LSAT, MCAT, OAT, PCAT and SAT. Dillon's goal in education is to help students ask questions and be curious about scientific inquiry and discovery. Academically, Dillon is interested in signal transduction and healthcare policy. In his spare time, Dillon enjoys playing video games, reading and cycling.
Charles is currently facilitating SED's science summer camps in Coppell.
Aidan Noel is a freshman in the CAP program at UT Austin. Though he is studying computer science, he always has had an interest in chemistry and physics. Aidan enjoys spending his time writing, reading, and playing ping-pong when he isn't studying or teaching. He plans to graduate college and go on to work either for NASA or in the Information Security industry.
Ian Andrup is a junior Mechanical Engineering Major at Texas A&M. His strengths include physics, robotics and the mechanical design process. Aside from his academics, Ian is enrolled in ROTC and served as a teaching assistant for the Fundamentals of Engineering course at Texas A&M. In his free time, Ian enjoys being outside and engaging in physical activities such as mountain biking and football.
Hannah graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Dallas Baptist University in May 2016. Along with her passion for science, Hannah is also interested in business and has experience with customer service. Her strengths include organization, creative problem solving, and communication. Hannah's love for science and passion for education are what drive her to encourage students and children to pursue knowledge so that they may also develop a love for learning. Hannah oversees instructional operations at SED and assists in designing curriculum to engage students and get them excited about science.
Lauren is in her fifth year working toward a degree in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering from Georgia Tech in Atlanta, GA. Most of Lauren’s free time is devoted to Georgia Tech’s student run theatre on campus, DramaTech, where she helps teach new members about theatrical lighting, having designed many shows herself. After 13 years as a Girl Scout, with 4 of those years spent organizing and leading council-wide events alongside her troop, Lauren is very passionate about teaching children in fun and engaging ways.
Scientific Advisory Board
Stuart Ravnik, PhD
Associate Dean, Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences
Associate Director, STARS
UT Southwestern Medical Center
Stuart Ravnik is Assistant Dean for Recruiting and Student Affairs for the UT Southwestern Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences and Associate Director of the Science Teacher Access to Resources at Southwestern (STARS) Program. He received his BS in Biology and PhD in Biochemistry, both at the University of Washington in Seattle. After a post-doctoral fellowship in Genetics at Columbia University, Dr. Ravnik ran his own lab at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center prior to joining the Dean staff at UT Southwestern in 2002. Since then, Dr. Ravnik has focused his career towards graduate education, student affairs, and science education outreach. He has promoted science, science education, and graduate training in biomedical sciences through his visits to more than 200 undergraduate institutions, over 80 area middle and high schools, and his mentorship in research training programs for high school and college students. In addition, he is active in community science and education as well, serving as a Science Advisor to the Perot Museum of Nature and Science and a member of the Uplift West Dallas School Board, Irving ISD Biomedical Sciences Academy Advisory Board, and Committee at Dallas.
Prasanna Alluri, MD, PhD
University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center
Trained as a chemist, Dr. Alluri obtained his PhD in chemical biology at UT Southwestern Medical Center and an MD from University of Minnesota. Dr. Alluri's clinical and research interests are focused on finding new drugs that can conquer cancer. He is a recipient of numerous awards in Patient Care, obtained a research grant from the American Medical Association Foundation, and has published several research papers.