ArtLab is a small team of talented students and professionals with a wide range of skills, experiences, and interest. As a creative community we are inspired by the our own and others experiences, particularly those of explicit and implicit barriers to success and inclusivity in STEM. It is our goal through evidence-based approaches and innovative practices to break down the obstacles to education and engagement, particularly informal education setting. Our goal is to Enrich the diversity of our public discourse in STEM by coalescing diverse approaches to bring science discourse in biomedical science research to the public.
Kendra H. Oliver, Ph.D.
Director of ArtLab
Assistant Professor | Department of Pharmacology | Basic Sciences | SoM
Senior Lecturer | Communication of Science and Technology | College of A&S
I am an experienced scientist passionate about visual science communication, multi-disciplinary projects, and online learning. Focused on visual communication methods, I am developing creative programs that have implication for online learning and science communication practices.
Email me: Kendra.h.oliver@Vanderbilt.edu
Graduate Research Assistant | Science Communication in Chemistry at Vanderbilt University
As a trained chemist for nine years and a filmmaker for three, I share storytelling videos about science through the lens of scientists of color. With videos that highlight representation in STEM, I’m researching if the videos could be a tool for intervention in changing students of color attitudes towards belonging in STEM.
Email me: stephanie.castillo@Vanderbilt.edu
Graduate Research Assistant | Cell and Developmental Biology
Caroline Cencer is a graduate student in the Tyska Laboratory in the Department of Cell and Developmental Biology. She has extensive experience with microscopes of all shapes and sizes and enjoys capturing cells, both living and fixed, in an artistic way. The level of detail that can be resolved from a microscopic specimen on modern microscopes is truly fascinating and beautiful. With an eye for the microscope, Caroline hopes to pursue imaging in her future career. In the meantime, she enjoys volunteering with STEM-related organizations such as ArtLab.
Email me: caroline.cencer@Vanderbilt.edu
Senior Undergraduate Research Assistant | College of Arts and Sciences
Eve Moll is an undergraduate at Vanderbilt University in the college of Arts and Sciences. Originally from South Florida, Eve has found a second home in Nashville, where she enjoys exploring the food, music, and art scenes. She is an Honors Scholar and recipient of the Cornelius Vanderbilt Scholarship with a variety of interests—academic and extracurricular. As a visual artist, she explores various facets of art, which has led her to her work in ArtLab, a Vanderbilt pilot program exploring the intersection of art and science. As a pre-medical student, Eve plans to continue her studies of science and eventually pursue a medical career. A keen communicator, Eve celebrates the opportunity to share an important message through this platform.
Justin Chediak, Senior Undergradaute
Justin Chediak, Senior will be graduating in May with a degree in Political Science and minors in Biological Sciences and Chemistry and is hoping to attend medical school next fall. Alongside Dr. Kendra Oliver, Justin is working to implement an interactive display outside the main Stevenson Center lecture halls to facilitate a bridge between undergraduate students and researchers of all disciplines across Vanderbilt. The display will house a library of video interviews conducted with private investigators in fields ranging from Health & Medicine to Law, Business, & Politics. These PIs briefly discuss the work their research group is doing and what opportunities undergraduate students have had in working with them. The project is ultimately designed to encourage undergraduate interest in research and provide students with a direct line of communication to various research groups so they can become involved themselves.
Elliot Jaffe, Junior Undergraduate
Elliot Jaffe is a junior undergraduate student at Vanderbilt majoring in Communication of Science and Technology. Because ultimately choosing between sciences, humanities and arts had proven too difficult, he’s thus sought a way to pursue all three simultaneously. Elliot’s work here at ArtLab is focused around managing the organization’s online presence as well as writing content, but in his free time he enjoys entertaining his curiosity with digital art, music, and language.