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Jenna Demeter

Honors Ambassador


Jenna Demeter is a senior in the Haslam Scholars Program from Springfield, OH. She is majoring in Biochemistry & Cellular and Molecular Biology, with minors in Public Health and Hispanic Studies.

As one of the many significant opportunities afforded by the Haslam Scholars Program, Jenna analyzed the ethics of state-sponsored nutrition programs and the Scottish Enlightenment in Edinburgh, Scotland. Together with studying literature and culture in Costa Rica, her immersive experiences abroad have been extremely impactful intellectually, academically, and personally. In Knoxville, she has been extensively involved in Pond Gap Elementary and Community School codirecting healthy cooking classes for students and their families. Elsewhere in East Tennessee, Jenna enjoys exercising at parks and hiking in the mountains with her friends or siblings.

Jenna’s Expert Topics: Haslam Scholars Program, study abroad (Honors & Scholars and language), engaging with various organizations in the Knoxville community (particularly involving childhood education and/ or healthy food), undergraduate research (benchwork, presentations, and publication), changing majors.
Jenna’s Campus Involvement: Research in a cellular and molecular nutrition lab, Health & Wellness SGA Committee.
Jenna’s Research Interests: The development and regulation of adipose tissue, particularly the role of pyruvate kinase M2 and Wnt/β-catenin signaling in adipogenesis. More generally, molecular mechanisms underlying the pathogenesis, prevention, and reversal of chronic diseases, especially with regard to lifestyle and environmental factors.

Meet with Jenna!

Jenna offers virtual office hours at the following times:

  • Tuesdays from 4:30-5:30
  • Thursdays from 4:30-5:30

Want to attend class with Jenna? She hosts students for the following classes:

  • Mondays, Wednesdays, & Fridays from 9:15-10:05 - BCMB 311 (Advanced Cellular Biology)
  • Tuesdays & Thursdays from 9:50-11:05 - PUBH 202 (Introductory Epidemiology)

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