Yesterday, Wheatley senior Krista Chen was named a semifinalist in the Intel Science Talent Search. This rigorous competition, a program of the Society for Science & the Public, recognizes the most promising young scientists and awards them for their innovative science research. Of the more than 1800 applicants, Krista was among 300 semifinalists nationwide. She was one of 44 Long Island semifinalists!
Krista’s study, “Novel Combination Chemotherapy Targeting Cancer Stem Cells with a Tumor Targeted Drug Delivery System Potentiated by Natural Remedies, EGCG and/or Curcuminm,” utilized a biotin-linked taxoid or tumor-targeting drug designed to specifically attack cancer stem cells through the detection of certain biomarkers, effectively decreasing systemic toxicity usually associated with conventional chemotherapy. In addition, she provided an approach using combination chemotherapy with natural remedies EGCG and curcumin that could potentiate the drug while minimizing required dosages and adverse effects.
Krista conducted her research through the Simons Summer Research Program at Stony Brook University under the guidance of Dr. Iwao Ojima.
Congratulations to Krista, and a huge “Thank You” for the support of our Science Research Coordinator, Alexis Blondrage!
[Thanks to Ms. Blondrage for the write-up!]