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SBU Faculty Mentor 18 Regeneron Science Talent Search Scholars

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Out of the 300 scholars selected this year from 1,964 entries for the Regeneron Science Talent Search (STS) — the prestigious science and math competition for high school students — 18 did research with Stony Brook mentors from the departments/areas of: Anatomical Sciences; Anesthesiology; Applied Mathematics and Statistics; Biochemistry and Cell Biology; Chemistry; Civil Engineering; Computer Science; Ecology and Evolution; Family, Population and Preventive Medicine; Geosciences; Pharmacological Sciences; Radiology; Surgery; and the School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences.

Featured campusEach Regeneron scholar receives a $2,000 award, with an additional $2,000 going to his or her respective school. The top 40 finalists in the competition will be named on January 23. These finalists will receive an all-expenses-paid trip to Washington, DC, from March 7 through March 13 to compete for more than $1.8 million in awards provided by Regeneron.

The Stony Brook Mentors

Dr. Alan Turner, Anatomical Sciences, worked with Anthony D’Amore, Smithtown HS East, on “Habitat Preference Drives Brain Shape in Crocodylomorphs”

Dr. Brian Colle, School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences, worked with Kelsey Ge, Ward Melville HS, on “Multidecadal Trends in Tropical Cyclone Behavior within North Atlantic Sub-Basins”

Dr. E. Troy Rasbury and Dr. William Holt, Geosciences, worked with Julia Grossman, George W. Hewlett HS, on “Use of Fluorine as a Proxy to Determine the Effect of Geothermal Fluids on Strain Rate, Effective Crustal Viscosity and Landscape Evolution in the Great Basin”

Dr. Benjamin Martin and Dr. David Q. Matus, Biochemistry and Cell Biology, worked with Angie Jang, Edgemont HS, on “Investigating the Role of Cell Cycle State During Convergent Extension in D. rerio”

Dr. Benjamin Hsiao, Chemistry, worked with Se Ri Lee, Choate Rosemary Hall, on “A Study on the Correlation Between the Structure and Desalination Efficiency of Reverse Osmosis Membranes Fabricated by Interfacial Polymerization”

Dr. Gerald Thomsen and Dr. Patricia Bossert, Biochemistry and Cell Biology, worked with Serena Lee, Syosset HS, on “The Effect of Hydroxychloroquine on Oral Regeneration in Nematostella vectensis”

Dr. James Glimm, Applied Mathematics and Statistics, worked with Arianna Pahlavan, Jericho HS, on “Discretizing a Hybrid Cardiac Reconstruction: A Novel Simulation of Sustained Fibrillation”

Dr. Janet Nye and Dr. Nolwenn Dheilly, School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences, worked with Maya Peña-Lobel, Ward Melville HS, on “Changes in Gene Expression of Ion Regulatory Proteins in Developing Atlantic Silverside (Menidia menidia) Subjected to Ocean Acidification Conditions”

Dr. Sherif Abdelaziz, Civil Engineering, worked with Ahmad Perez, Brentwood HS, on “Assessing Marsh Degradation in Two Long Island Salt Marshes and a Method for Restoration”

Dr. Andrew Schwartz, Computer Science, worked with Stefan Philip, Plainview-Old Bethpage John F. Kennedy HS, on “Forecasting the Progression of Temporal Orientation Through the Language of Social Media Using Machine Learning”

Dr. Joshua Rest, Ecology and Evolution, and Dr. James Dilger, Anesthesiology, worked with Alexander Rodriguez, Smithtown HS, on “A Genomic and Pharmacological Analysis of Adenosine Receptors in the Sea Anemone Nematostella vectensis”

Dr. Gurtej Singh, Surgery, worked with Shruthi Shekar, Jericho HS, on “MALAT1 & SOX: Understanding Progression of Cancer Metastasis Post Application of Negative Pressure Wound Therapy on Tumor Resected Wound Beds”

Dr. Dianna Padilla, Ecology and Evolution, worked with Katie Sierra, Northport HS, on “Effects of Multiple Stressors on Survivorship and Growth in Juvenile Mytilus edulis”

Dr. Jennie Williams, Family, Population and Preventive Medicine, worked with Megan Specht, Ward Melville HS, on “Effect of Micronutrient Consumption in Association with p53 status on Colon Cancer Progression: A Prospective Study in Racial Health Disparity”

Dr. Styliani-Anna Tsirka, Pharmacological Sciences, worked with Elizabeth Wang, Ward Melville HS, on “A Novel Effect of Cannabidiol (CBD) on Microglial Activation in the Presence of Epileptic Activity”

Dr. Benjamin Martin and Dr. David Q. Matus. Biochemistry and Cell Biology, worked with Matthew Weltmann, Half Hollow Hills HS East, on “Palbociclib Treated MDA-MB-231 Breast Cancer Cells Exhibit Increased Invasive Behavior in Zebrafish Xenograft Model”

Dr. Tim Duong, Radiology, worked with Vincent Zhang, Sachem HS East, on “MRI Texture Analysis for Detection of Axillary Lymph Node Metastasis in Breast Cancer Patients”

Dr. Omkant Pandey and PhD student Allen Kim, Computer Science, worked with Brandon Zhu, The Wheatley School, on “Efficient Zero-Knowledge Using Garbled Circuits Under the Plain Model”

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