Jennifer Leavey and Her Favorite Element

Biologist, honey bee enthusiast, and science rocker shares her favorite element

July 9, 2019

The monthly series "My Favorite Element" is part of Georgia Tech's celebration of 2019 as the International Year of the Periodic Table of Chemical Elements, #IYPT2019GT. Each month a member of the Georgia Tech community will share his/her favorite element via video.

July’s edition features Jennifer Leavey, a principal academic professional in the School of Biological Sciences who wears many other hats. By day, she's also he faculty director of Georgia Tech's Explore Living Learning Community and the director of the Georgia Tech Urban Honey Bee Project.

On her free time, Leavey is the lead singer of the science rock band Leucine Zipper and the Zinc Fingers, "the world's first genetically modified rock band."

Leavey's favorite element changes day by day. When we caught up with her for this episode, bismuth happened to be her favorite element of the day. 

Renay San Miguel, communications officer in the College of Sciences, produced and edited the videos in this series. 

Other videos in this series are available at

June 2019, Benjamin Breer, undergraduate double major in physics and aerospace engineering 

May 2019, G. P. "Bud" Peterson, president of Georgia Tech

April 2019: Kimberly Short, Ph.D. candidate

March 2019: Elayne Ashley, scientific glass blower

February 2019: Amit Reddi, assistant professor of chemistry and biochemistry

January 2019: Jeanine Williams, biochemistry major and track star



For More Information Contact

A. Maureen Rouhi, Ph.D.
Director of Communications
College of Sciences