Irfan Tahir is a Mechanical Engineer, in which he holds a master’s degree from the University of Minnesota Duluth. Currently, Irfan is a Ph.D. student at the Engineered Biomaterials Research Laboratory at the University of Vermont where he is tissue engineering cell-cultured meat on plant-based scaffolds. Previously, Irfan studied at Bilkent University in Ankara, Turkey for his bachelor’s in Mechanical Engineering and Cloquet Senior High School in Minnesota as part of the Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange and Study (YES) program. Irfan’s hometown is in Rawalpindi, Pakistan. In addition to a keen interest in improving science communication, Irfan loves finding new ways to stay fit, trying out new recipes, and mentoring students aspiring to study in internationally renowned universities for free. His favorite animal is the Octopus!