Semifinalists Selected for $185,000 National Academy Medical School Scholarship Challenge

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.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=usurx1stRes

 

Matthew Quigley, a high school senior from Brighton, IL

Topic: Using a piercing nanobot to detect and destroy cancerous cells in the human body.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bj70g_iulsQ


Emaya Moss, a high school junior from Haymarket, VA

Topic:  Using the antigen CD30 to create a vaccine for Hodgkin’s disease.

http://youtu.be/dg_BvmfP9YU

 

Gloria Nashed, a high school junior from Windermere, FL

Topic:  Using nanotechnology microprocessors and cameras to restore sight in patients with Retinitis Pigmentosa.

http://youtu.be/01ebT067OsQ

 

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.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=36H9Gwsfk7M

 

Marissa Witmer, a high school sophomore from Quarryville, PA

Topic: Using nanotechnology to treat and cure breast cancer.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G-qQ3-fVsdk&feature=youtu.be

 

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.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7G5ueSQ95GA&feature=youtu.be

 

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.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eKXvij3B0Nw

 

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.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UIGbdOai5FY

 

Maxine Heffron, a high school sophomore from Moreland, GA

Topic: Using cold lasers to cure diabetes.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oZHooA-vejU&feature=youtu.be

 

Sweta Bhoopatiraju, a high school senior from Minneapolis, MN

Topic: Using siRNA-loaded nanoparticles to silence the PRNP gene and treat neurodegenerative prion diseases.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_YM6azqVlyQ&fea

 

Mekhala Rao, a high school junior from Mason, OH

Topic: Using the echinacea plant to treat the CA-MRSA bacteria.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UWaBgbu2CRg&feature=youtu.be