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Upper School science students addressed the fields of genetics and molecular biology in a series of informative virtual presentations in a webinar on May 20.
W+H offers honors research programs in genetics and molecular biology and technology. In genetics, students work on an independent genetic research project using drosophila melanogaster (fruit flies) in collaboration with an active researcher at a university, research institute or biotech company. In molecular biology and technology, students participate in a nationally funded research program through the Waksman Institute of Rutgers University and use molecular biological techniques and bioinformatics to identify and characterize previously unknown genes in the duckweed plant, which is important for biofuel and pollution control.
Six students shared their research and findings last week: Anna Razvi ’21 – The Role of the ABC-Transporter Protein in Duckweed; Brianna Chambers ’20 – The Role of Calcium Homeostasis in Drosophila Heart Regulation; Neil Shah ’21 – The Function of the Tet Protein in Pain Response; Shankari Theivanayagam ’22 – Production of a new Drosophila Strain to Visualize Protein-Protein Interactions in a Living Organism; Neha Mandalapu ’20 – A Paternal Effect for the Hedgehog Signaling Pathway in Drosophila; Silvia Xia ’20 – The Role of Calcium–Binding Proteins in Stressful Situations.