The National Academy Medical School Scholarship Challenge semifinalists include:
Jennifer Deasy, a 2104 high school graduate from Ft. Washington, PA
Topic: Using stem cells and gene therapy to treat lesions in the white matter of the brain to cure migraines.
Matthew Quigley, a high school senior from Brighton, IL
Topic: Using a piercing nanobot to detect and destroy cancerous cells in the human body.
Emaya Moss, a high school junior from Haymarket, VA
Topic: Using the antigen CD30 to create a vaccine for Hodgkin’s disease.
Gloria Nashed, a high school junior from Windermere, FL
Topic: Using nanotechnology microprocessors and cameras to restore sight in patients with Retinitis Pigmentosa.
Christian Pollema, a high school senior from North Sioux City, SD
Topic: Using the enzyme choline acetyltransferase to either prove or disprove the Cholinergic Theory and further Alzheimer’s disease research.
Marissa Witmer, a high school sophomore from Quarryville, PA
Topic: Using nanotechnology to treat and cure breast cancer.
Ruchit Patel, a high school junior from Piscataway, NJ
Topic: Using volatile organic compounds on the skin to detect the presence of melanoma to create a quick and inexpensive screening test.
Armond Dorsey, a high school junior from District Heights, MD
Topic: Using humanized-cleaving -pigskin rDNA along with human genes from a patient’s healthy melanocytes to treat melanoma.
Heidi Zettl, a high school junior from Allen, TX
Topic: Using nanotechnology to create a synthetic nerve to make the bridge between functioning neurons and bypass damaged neurons.
Maxine Heffron, a high school sophomore from Moreland, GA
Topic: Using cold lasers to cure diabetes.
Sweta Bhoopatiraju, a high school senior from Minneapolis, MN
Topic: Using siRNA-loaded nanoparticles to silence the PRNP gene and treat neurodegenerative prion diseases.
Mekhala Rao, a high school junior from Mason, OH
Topic: Using the echinacea plant to treat the CA-MRSA bacteria.