Congratulations to Regeneron Finalist Emily Anne Peterson

Congratulations to HSE senior Emily Anne Peterson, who has been named a finalist in the Regeneron Science Talent Search program. Emily is one of 40 student finalists invited to Washington, D.C., in March to participate in final judging, display their work to the public, meet with notable scientists, and compete for awards, including the top award of $250,000.

Emily’s project is “Lecithin-Retinol Acyl Transferase in Squamous Cell Carcinoma: The Relationship Between Oncology and Wound Repair.” Squamous cell carcinoma, a type of skin cancer, is lacking in the expression of Lecithin-Retinol Acyl Transferase (LRAT), a protein involved in both wound healing and cancer. Emily explored the role of LRAT in both wound healing and cancer progression by completing tissue culture, skin sheet formation, and analysis of the regulation of the genes involved with invasion, intercellular cohesion, and coagulation. Additionally, she explored the genetic sequence homologies of LRAT to other proteins of interest utilizing computer coding. Emily worked with Dr. Marcia Simon at Stony Brook University.