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NYMC Mentees Take Awards at Intel ISWEEP and ISEF


Six Westchester County high school students and NYMC mentees recently won awards at international science competitions, ISWEEEP, the International Sustainable World (Energy, Engineering & Environment) Project Olympiad held in Houston in April, and ISEF, the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair, held in Phoenix in early May.  

‌‌Anisha Duvvi, Yasir Khan, below, Meera Kumanan, above, Kruti Sutaria and Gowri Viswanathan and Amba Viswanathan earned their berths—all-expense paid trips to represent the region—at the Regeneron Westchester Science and Engineering Fair in March. ‌

At ISWEEEP, which featured 385 projects from 62 countries, Mr. Khan of Ossining High School was awarded the silver medal in the category of Environment: Health and Disease Prevention for his research on “Protecting the Unprotected Blood Supply: Developing Tools for an Antigen Specific ELISA to Prevent Transfusion-transmitted Babesiosis. Gowri and Amba Viswanathan of Yorktown High School together won the bronze medal in the same category for their work, “Exploring Copper Inhibitors as a Therapy for Toxoplasmosis and Malaria.”  All three students were mentored by Dana Mordue, Ph.D., associate professor of microbiology and immunology.

At ISEF, which hosted approximately 1,700 high school students from more 75 countries, regions, and territories, all three NYMC mentees won fourth place in the cellular and molecular division. Mss. Sutaria and Duvvi, Yorktown High School and Ardsley High School students respectively who were mentored by Dorothy A. Frenz, Ph.D., research professor of cell biology and anatomy, and Stuart A. Newman, Ph.D., professor of cell biology and anatomy presented, “The Molecular Basis of the Transdifferentiation of Embryonic Chick Limb Chondrogenic Precursors into a Beige Fate.” Ms. Kumanan from Yorktown High School was a STAR Program participant who worked with Nasreen S. Haque, Ph.D., assistant professor of pathology and presented ”TOR Regulates the Phenotypic Modulation of De-differentiated Mesenchymal Stem Cells in Vascular Disease.”