Eden is an incoming Assistant Professor in Chemistry and Biochemistry at the University of Mississippi. The Tanner Lab will work at the intersection of Chemistry and Bioengineering, using the physical chemistry of ionic liquids to overcome challenges in nanoparticle drug delivery. Dr Tanner completed her undergraduate degree at the University of New South Wales, Australia in 2013, then went on to get a DPhil at the University of Oxford in Physical and Theoretical Chemistry in 2017. During 2017 – 2020, she worked with Samir Mitragotri at Harvard University as a Postdoctoral Researcher in Bioengineering. In her spare time, she sings as a soprano in two LBTQ+ choruses and volunteers as a crisis counselor with the Boston Area Rape Crisis Center.

1 Are you an early bird or night owl?

Night Owl

2 Are you pro- or anti-pun?


3 Do you have any pets?

Once I’ve moved and settled, there will be pets!

4 Do you have any science-themed home decor?


5 Do you prefer cooking or baking?


6 Do you prefer sweet or savory?


7 Do you speak any other languages?

I’m learning Japanese!

8 If you could switch professions, what would you do?

Either a singer or a therapist, specializing in trauma and supporting LGBTQ+ folks.

9 If you could switch science fields, what field would you want to work in?


10 If you got a plane ticket right now, where would it go?

Gladstone, Queensland, to visit my grandparents.

11 If you had one superpower, what would it be?


12 Is there anything you strongly recommend we watch and/or read and/or listen to?

Mary Lambert’s entire catalogue.

13 It’s your day off. What do you want to do?

Sleep in, grab a coffee (in a cafe!), read in the sun, go to the beach.

14 What are three things you can’t live without?

My husband, my SodaStream, and Strong Earl Grey Tea from Teapigs

15 What beverage gives you life?

Soy flat whites from Simon’s Coffeeshop in Cambridge, MA

16 What book did you read in school that positively shaped you?

The Babysitters’ Club.

17 What did you want to be when you grew up?

An entrepreneur or prime minister of Australia.

18 What drives you and keeps you going?

My relationships with people, particularly those I mentor. Seeing my students succeed is what gets me out of bed in the morning.

19 What got you excited in science?

How weird (in a great way) ionic liquids are. Why is there still so much we don’t understand?

20 What excites you about science now?

Being among the first people to know something. Potentially creating something that could beneficially change the lives of many people.

21 What is a guilty pleasure of yours?

Following the Outlander cast on social media.

22 What is a secret talent of yours?

I know a lot about pets, particularly tropical aquarium fish.

23 What is your favorite game?

Escape Rooms!

24 What is the last book you read?

Who’s Story is This? Rebecca Solnit

25 What is one of the best pieces of advice you’ve received?

It’s never a “good time” to [insert personal life milestone]. It’s your life – do it when it feels right for you and your will work out the career stuff.

26 What is something you’ve always wanted to try but you’ve been too scared to do?

Release my own music!

27 What is the best advice for your 18 year old self?

It gets better and how you feel right now isn’t normal. Also, enjoy the beautiful Sydney weather because it turns out you’ll not live here forever!

28 What is the best way to de-stress?

A hot, candlelit bath with feminist poetry.

29 What is the last thing you watched?

Outlander – I’m rewatching it from the beginning again!

30 What is the weirdest thing you’ve had in your bag?

Probably NMR tubes with ionic liquids in them.

31 What is your favorite animal?

The ferret. Very misunderstood. Sleepy. Cheeky.

32 What is your favorite book?

This is too hard. I love reading anything by Roxane Gay, Rebecca Solnit, and Diana Gabaldon.

33 What is your favorite comfort food?

Annie’s (vegan) Mac and Cheese

34 What is your favorite day of the year?

Probably my birthday

35 What is your favorite plant?


36 What is your favorite science fact?

Ionic liquids can transport drugs (like insulin) through the skin without needles.

37 What is your favorite season?


38 What is your favorite smell?

Pink roses

39 What is your favorite sound?

Being amongst my choir in harmony

40 What is your favorite thing about yourself?

I like to imagine that I make people feel heard and comfortable when they talk to me.

41 What is your favorite word (in any language)?

物理化学 – it means physical chemistry in Japanese

42 What is your proudest moment?

Seeing my mentees go on to the next stage of their careers.

43 What kind of tree would you be?

I’d love to be a sequoia.

44 What’s the best thing about where you live?

How convenient everything is.

45 Tell us something we probably don’t know.

I love owls and have many owl-themed objects in my possession.

46 Who would you like to see 46 Questions interview next?

Olivia Geneus (@O_Ganics)