Taylor Talley completed her Bachelor of Science in May 2022 at Spelman College in Atlanta, Georgia, focusing her studies on biochemistry.
During Taylor’s time at Spelman College, she was a resident advisor for freshmen and upperclassmen in the residence halls. She facilitated many programs to encourage healthy relationships among peers. Taylor also was involved in many on-campus organizations, most notably, The Spelman College Chemistry Club and Spelman Sisters of STEM. Under her guidance and leadership, these organizations cultivated a vibrant science community. Taylor was named a Chemistry and Biochemistry Scholar within the Chemistry and Biochemistry Department. Additionally, she received a Research Initiation Award as a result of academic achievement and promise as a future scientist.
Taylor spent two summers at MIT completing research in a polymer chemistry lab under Dr. Jeremiah Johnson. She synthesized a polymer metal-organic cage (polyMOC) hybrid and enhanced its tunable properties. Additionally, she developed a bottlebrush polymer that mimics antigen presentation for usage in cancer vaccines.
Before graduating from Spelman College, Taylor became a member of the Phi Beta Kappa Society. She plans to continue her academic and research endeavors by pursuing her M.D./Ph.D. after her post-baccalaureate fellowship at the NIH.
Taylor is interested in understanding glycosphingolipids and their involvement in regulating the differentiation, activation, and response of CD4/CD8 T-cells in immune response.