Amy Tarangelo

Ph.D. Candidate and Visual Artist

Through my art, I aim to illuminate the connections between art and science. My work explores the molecular and cellular underpinnings of life, the intricacies of nature, and the relation between mankind and our changing climate. I'm passionate about using visual art to make science more exciting and accessible to the general public. 

Born and raised in New Jersey, I eventually escaped the suburbs and traveled to Philadelphia to attend college. I earned a B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania, where I double-majored in Visual Studies and Biology. Following my graduation, I worked at the Children's' Hospital of Philadelphia as a research technician studying liver cancer in mouse models.

In 2014 I began a Ph.D. in Cancer Biology at Stanford University. In my laboratory research, I study the role of tumor suppressor genes in cell death and metabolism. In 2015, I was awarded a graduate fellowship by the National Science Foundation. In 2018, I was awarded a Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) Individual Predoctoral Fellowship (F31) and an F99/K00 Predoctoral to Postdoctoral Transition Award from the National Cancer Institute/National Institutes of Health. I have authored research publications in the journals Cell Reports, Nature Communications, and PLoS One, as well as a review article in Nature Nanotechnology.

I also tutor public speaking and scientific communication at the Stanford Hume Center for Writing and Speaking. I am currently Co-Chair of the Stanford Graduate Student Council (2018-2019) where I am advocating for improved mental health access and financial stability for graduate students.

In my free time,  I enjoy reading, playing the banjo, weight lifting, and playing Dungeons and Dragons as often as possible.