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HS East Senior Sarah Schubel Places First at Long Island Science and Engineering Fair

L to R: Leigh Baratta (second place), Sarah Schubel (first Place), Zachary Finger (honorable mention), MsMaria Zeitlin (East research coordinator).  thumbnail214324
L to R: Leigh Baratta (second place), Sarah Schubel (first Place), Zachary Finger (honorable mention), MsMaria Zeitlin (East research coordinator).

High School East students continue to achieve in science research.

At the Long Island Science and Engineering Fair on Tuesday, Sarah Schubel placed first in her category of animal science with her project entitled, "Loss of NMDA Receptor Signaling Results in Excess Proliferation of CNS and Neural Crest Derived Cells." 

Her work investigated the visual results of knocking out a gene responsible for coding for the construction of a functional neuron receptor, NMDA. This class of receptor is responsible for the proper functioning of Ca+2 ion channels in neurons.

Schubel, a senior in the ThINK Discovery Science Research Program coordinated at East by Maria Zeitlin, worked with zebrafish in the lab of Dr. Howard Sirotkin at Stony Brook University.

“Sarah is an astute investigator who tenaciously worked for two years to investigate this key neuronal receptor,” Zeitlin said. “While the model species she worked with was zebrafish, her work has implications for neurodevelopmental disorders such as autism. She is an exceptional student researcher, and we are so proud of her accomplishment.”

Schubel will advance to the Regeneron International Science and Engineering Fair in Atlanta from May 7 through 13, where she will compete at the international level.

Date Added: 3/9/2022