Grayson Mynatt plans to complete a major in biochemistry. In the summer of 2013, he traveled to Tanzania, Africa, to study at Tosamaganga Hospital. During this time, he gained experience in pediatrics, general surgery, and OB-GYN through observation, lectures, as well as hands-on participation. He was also able to absorb the native culture through interaction with locals of all ages in the hospital. Working in Tanzania provided a unique opportunity to learn how medicine is implemented in such remote and impoverished areas. Currently, he performs research with Dr. Andreas Nebenführ in the BCMB department concerning the role of class XI myosins in the cytoplasmic streaming of organelles through the model plant Arabidopsis thaliana.
He is a research editor for Pursuit: The Journal of Undergraduate Research as well as a writer for UTK’s chapter of Spoon University, a national organization that publishes food-related issues meant specifically for university students. As of fall 2014, Grayson is helping to spearhead an organization on campus for UT students called Therapy Dogs International (TDI), a volunteer organization dedicated to the regulating, testing, and registration of therapy dogs and their volunteer handlers for the purpose of visiting nursing homes and hospitals throughout the Knoxville area. He also plays violin in the UT orchestra as well as for the Knoxville Christian Arts Ministries, an organization that integrates music, drama, and dance to minister to prison inmates across the state of Tennessee.