Shyam and Ellie's poster represents a combination of their summer research at Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science, where they studied HPV-induced cervical cancer in zebra fish, and their independent study here at Webb with Sally Mingarelli this year, where they are studying BPA-induced cancer in zebra fish embryos. They are looking at the mechanism of DNA mutation in viral vs. environmentally induced cancers --- studying specifically the methylation patterns of DNA during differentiation. Their work is a combination of biotechnology and organic chemistry.
As their mentor, Mrs. Mingarelli will be accompanying them to the conference. Their work is being funded by the Unbounded Creativity in Science Award that both Shyam and Ellie received and the Demetriades Prize for Unbounded Teaching that Mrs. Mingarelli received at graduation last year.
Sponsored by the Robert ’53 and MeiLi Hefner Foundation and offered here at Webb to two current students, The Hefner Initiative aims to foster a close and positive relationship between the people of China and the US. This extraordinary 12-day summer program includes travel this year to Beijing and Suzhou—allowing for living/learning opportunities with host students and families.
Shyam Arya '18 and Ellie Canty '18 have been accepted to present a poster at the National American Chemical Society conference in New Orleans in March 2019--an extremely rare honor for high school students.
It’s November 2nd and the College Guidance office is quiet this morning—nothing like the last few days when countless numbers of panicked seniors were popping in to get their essays looked at one last time before pressing “submit.”