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Sixth Annual STAR Student Research Forum Showcases Impressive Summer Investigative Works

 

More than 25 high school and undergraduate students spent their summer vacation in the laboratories and lecture halls of the Graduate School of Basic Medical Sciences’ Summer Trainees in Academic Research (STAR) program. They attended lectures on current topics in science, discussed scientific literature during the STAR Journal Club, learned laboratory practices and safety, and conducted research in an active laboratory under the guidance of a New York Medical College faculty mentor. Weeks of hard work and dedication led up to the Sixth Annual STAR Student Research Forum on August 10 where participants presented their work in poster format. The event fosters communication skills and helps prepare students for the science competitions at their schools as well as local, regional and national competitions. View the STAR Student Research Forum photo gallery here. 

Since its founding in 2012, the STAR Program has evolved to become a well-recognized and respected science outreach program. More than 120 applications were received this year – a 20 percent increase from 2016 and a 50 percent increase from 2015.

“I am always impressed by the high quality of the research presented at the STAR Student Research Forum. These high school and college students have invested the same level of time and effort that would be expected of a first year graduate student,” said Mary M. Petzke, Ph.D., assistant professor of microbiology and immunology, director of medical student research and STAR Program coordinator. “This dedication, together with the time and resources so generously provided by their NYMC faculty mentors, has resulted in a scholarly achievement of which these young investigators should be proud.”

Participants had equal praise for the program. Paarth Patel, a student at Herricks High School in New Hyde Park, N.Y., who was mentored by Tetyana Kobets, M.D., M.S.P.H., assistant professor of pathology, said, “I have really enjoyed my time at New York Medical College and I am grateful for the amazing opportunity.  It was truly a great learning experience.”

The forum concluded with a keynote address by Jonathan Fisher, Ph.D., assistant professor of physiology, who presented, “Immersive Neuroscience: A Multi-Scale Exploration.” Dr. Fisher, who is committed to inspiring the next generation of scientific investigators, co-founded and directs the Neurodome Project, an innovative outreach tool designed to promote neuroscience education through immersive display environments.

The 2017 STAR Research Projects

The Effect of Traumatic Brain Injury and Metformin on Drosophila Learning

Emma Bilton, Yorktown High School, Yorktown, N.Y.
Hannah Bilton, Yorktown High School, Yorktown, N.Y.
Faculty Mentor: Frances L. Hannan, Ph.D., assistant professor of cell biology and anatomy and otolaryngology

Depletions of NeuN Labeling within the Dysgranular Retrosplenial Cortex after Status Epilepticus in Adult Rats is Not Associated with Cell Death

James Calano, New Rochelle High School, New Rochelle, N.Y.
Faculty Mentor: Linda K. Friedman, Ph.D., research associate professor of cell biology and anatomy

The Effects of High Fructose Consumption on Cardiac Health in Young Rats

Roopa Duvvi, Yorktown High School, Yorktown, N.Y.
Mentor: Dong Sun, M.D., Ph.D., professor of physiology

Changes in Glucocorticoid Receptor in a Rodent Model of PTSD

Jared Fel, Ossining High School, Ossining, N.Y.
Faculty Mentor: Esther L. Sabban, Ph.D., professor of biochemistry and molecular biology

Novel miRNAs as Biomarkers and Regulators of Anaplastic Thyroid Cancer Promotion

Julia Flaim, Yorktown High School, Yorktown, N.Y.
Faculty Mentor: Raj K. Tiwari, Ph.D., professor of microbiology and immunology and associate professor of otolaryngology

Test for Cannibalism of Multipotent Adult Stem Cells (MASCs) by A549 and Mel IV Cancer Cell Lines

Julia Friedman, Sleepy Hollow High School, Sleepy Hollow, N.Y.
Faculty Mentors: Dazhong Xu, Ph.D., assistant professor of pathology, and Paul A. Lucas, Ph.D., associate professor of orthopaedic surgery and pathology and research associate professor of surgery

Targetable Signaling Pathways in Medulloblastoma

Ellie Garell, Horace Greeley High School, Chappaqua, N.Y.
Faculty Mentor: Meena Jhanwar-Uniyal, Ph.D., research associate professor of neurosurgery 

Using Bioinformatics to Gain Insights into Chemopreventive Mechanisms of Phytochemicals

Radha Garvey, Tufts University, Boston, Mass.
Faculty Mentors: Joseph M. Wu, Ph.D., professor of biochemistry and molecular biology and research professor of urology, and Tze-Chen Hsieh, Ph.D., research associate professor of biochemistry and molecular biology           

Testing the Effectiveness of the Drug Epiandrosterone for the Treatment of Tularemia Caused by Francisella

Alexandrine Gaspar, Mahopac High School, Mahopac, N.Y.
Faculty Mentor: Chandra Shekhar Bakshi, D.V.M., Ph.D., associate professor of microbiology and immunology

The Benefits of the Grape-Derived Polyphenol, Resveratrol, on the Lifespan of Drosophila Fed Diets High in Fat

Sarina Iraj, Harrison High School, Harrison, N.Y.
Faculty Mentors: Frances L. Hannan, Ph.D., assistant professor of cell biology and anatomy and otolaryngology, and Barbara Doonan, Ph.D., research fellow in the Department of Cell Biology and Anatomy

Evasion of Antiviral Immune Response by Zika Virus NS4A

Emily Lo, Horace Greeley High School, Chappaqua, N.Y.
Faculty Mentor: Penghua Wang, Ph.D., assistant professor of microbiology and immunology


Identification of a Repressor Protein in Transcriptional Regulation of BBA74 of Borrelia burgdorferi

Bryan Mesquita, Westlake High School, Thornwood, N.Y.
Nicholas Liveris, Woodlands High School, Hartsdale, N.Y.
Faculty Mentor: Dionysios Liveris, Ph.D., assistant professor of microbiology and immunology

Activation of Notch Signaling Models Events during Myocardial Infarction

Mriganka (Mira) Nerkar, Ardsley High School, Ardsley, N.Y.
Faculty Mentor: Carol A. Eisenberg, Ph.D., associate professor of physiology and medicine

Evaluation of Genotoxic Potential of Naturally Occurring Chemicals, Resorcinol and Perillaldehyde, in Chicken Egg Genotoxicity Assay (CEGA)

Thomas O’Rourke, Carmel High School, Carmel, N.Y.
Faculty Mentor: Tetyana Kobets, M.D., M.S.P.H., assistant professor of pathology

Testing the Genotoxic Potential of Perillaldehyde and Resorcinol in Turkey Egg Genotoxicity Assay          

Paarth Patel, Herricks High School, New Hyde Park, N.Y.
Faculty Mentor: Tetyana Kobets, M.D., M.S.P.H., assistant professor of pathology

Development of a Multipeptide Assay for Improved Serodiagnosis of Lyme Disease

Lauren Prisco, Cornell University, Ithaca, N.Y.
Faculty Mentor: Paul M. Arnaboldi, Ph.D., assistant professor microbiology and immunology

Gene Expression in Mediobasal Hypothalamus and Hyperarousal in Rodent PTSD Model

Emma Santini, Yorktown High School, Yorktown, N.Y.
Faculty Mentor: Esther L. Sabban, Ph.D., professor of biochemistry and molecular biology

A New Mechanism for the Inhibition of Glutamine Synthetase by Glufosinate

Carolin Schmidt, Haverford College, Haverford, Pa.
Andrea Lopreiato, Edgemont High School, Scarsdale, N.Y.
Faculty Mentors: Arthur J.L. Cooper, Ph.D., D.Sc., professor of biochemistry and molecular biology, and Thomas M. Jeitner, Ph.D., research assistant professor of biochemistry and molecular biology

The Role of IL-13 in Infantile Spasms

Leora Segal, New Rochelle High School, New Rochelle, N.Y.
Faculty Mentor: Libor Velisek, M.D., Ph.D., professor of cell biology and anatomy, pediatrics and neurology

The Evaluation of Recombination Cytotoxins for the Therapy of CNS Tumors in Experimental Mouse Models

Shrila Shah, Yorktown High School, Yorktown, N.Y.
Faculty Mentor:  Carl V. Hamby, Ph.D., associate professor of microbiology and immunology

Utilizing Drug Intervention to Inhibit Delayed Neuronal Death by Migrainous Spreading Depolarizations

Jacquelyn Stochel, Yorktown High School, Yorktown, N.Y.
Faculty Mentor: Patric K. Stanton, Ph.D., professor of cell biology and anatomy and neurology
 

Potential Roles of p38MAPK Subunits in Counteracting Lead-Mediated Oxidative Stress in Neuronal PC12 Cells

Yillin Yang, Ardsley High School, Ardsley, N.Y.
Simrat Kohli, Ardsley High School, Ardsley, N.Y.
Christian Kaiser
Faculty Mentors: Diane E. Heck, Ph.D., professor and chair of the Department of Environmental Health Science, and Hong-Duck Kim, Ph.D., associate professor of environmental health science