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.

Research Statement

Taylor is interested in understanding glycosphingolipids and their involvement in regulating the differentiation, activation, and response of CD4/CD8 T-cells in immune response.


Spelman College - Atlanta, GA
B.S., Biochemistry (2022)


Chemical Bonding Research Fellow
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), MA (June 2022-August 2022)

Research Initiation Chemistry and Biochemistry Scholar
Spelman College, GA (November 2021-May 2022)

Chemical Bonding Research Fellow
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), MA (June 2021-August 2021)

Medical Assistant
Viral Solutions, LLC., GA (Dec 2020-May 2021)

Organic Chemistry Tutor
Spelman College, GA (August 2020-May 2022)

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