Advanced Math/Science Research Update
by Dr. April Burch, Director of the AMSR program
January 15, 2013
Since our last update, Berkshire School hosted student researchers from Belmont Hill, and all-boys prep school outside of Boston, for a 1-day mini-symposium on Student Biomedical Research. The goal was to foster collaboration, communication and community outreach with our students. AMSR students Liza Bernstein '13, Sissi Wang '13, Lars Robinson '13, Elsie Guevara '13, Ernest Yue '13, and Nate MacKenzie '14, gave short talks about their work in the new Bellas/Dixon Math and Science lecture hall. The talks were followed up by break-out sessions where Belmont Hill students described their research projects and students discussed commonalities between the projects and future goals.
The second semester of AMSR started with some terrific news. The AMSR program was awarded a grant from The Chinchester Dupont Foundation for the purchase of an EVOS fluorescence microscope. This piece of equipment will expand the types of experiments and analyses that can be done by AMSR students this and future years. The microscope should arrive shortly, and Dr. Burch has invited everyone to stop in for a look next time they are on campus.
One new, exciting project that is underway in the winter season of AMSR in the afternoons is being spearheaded by Elif Kesaf '14. Elif is from Turkey and seeks to identify novel viruses of non-pathogenic strains of Legionella bacterium from travertines in Pamukkale. In collaboration with Dr. Sunny Shin at the Perlman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, she will be working to isolate viruses of this bacterium with the hope of identifying new agents to combat Legionnaires' disease caused by a pathogenic form of Legionella.
Look for more news from Dr. Burch in the next issue!
The student’s mentors, research sites, and projects are listed below:
Andrew Walther of Pennsylvania
Genetics: Dr. Ganguly, UPenn
Detection for a CHEK2*1100delC Mutation in a Cohort of TP53 Negative probands with Li-Fraumeni Syndrome
Long Viet Tran of Vietnam
Genetics: Dr. Maxwell, Wadsworth Center
Testing Systems to Examine Genome Instability During Yeast Aging
Jenny Quilty of Massachusetts
Cancer: Dr.Srivastava, UConn
Using Identification and Characterization of Immunogenic Mutations in the Mouse Genome as a Potential Vaccine for Cancer Causing Cells: A Mouse Fibrosarcoma Model
INTEL will announce the 300 semifinalists on January 12, 2011, and the 40 finalists on January 26, 2011.
Last year Berkshire had its first INTEL Semifinalist, Xiao Rui Guo '10. To read more about Xiao Rui's INTEL project, click here.
To learn more about Advanced Math/Science Research at Berkshire, click here.