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SCVTHS STUDENT PARTICIPATES IN 2021 WAKSMAN INSTITUTE SUMMER EXPERIENCE

Navya Gobinathan (Bridgewater), a SCVTHS student in the Academy for Health and Medical Sciences Program

Navya Gobinathan (Bridgewater), a student in the Academy for Health and Medical Sciences Program at Somerset County Vocational & Technical High School, who participated in the July21 virtual Waksman Institute Summer Experience (July21 vWISE) sponsored by the Rutgers University Waksman Institute in Piscataway, New Jersey.

 

This past summer, sophomore Navya Gobinathan of Bridgewater, a student in the Academy for Health and Medical Sciences Program at Somerset County Vocational & Technical High School, participated in the July 21 virtual Waksman Institute Summer Experience (July21 vWISE) sponsored by the Rutgers University Waksman Institute in Piscataway, NJ.

Navya was one of 86 high school students from California, Illinois, Indiana, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Texas, Wisconsin, and Turkey to be selected through a competitive application process to attend the Program. During the July21 vWISE, students conducted a research project focused on DNA sequence analyses of genes from the duckweed plant Landoltia punctata. The duckweed plant is of interest in the scientific community because of its use in bioremediation and potential for use as a biofuel. Navya explained, “Through analyzing these genes, I was also able to compare them to genes in other species. While conducting the gene analysis I was able to see if the sequences codes for a protein, whether I could create a three-dimensional model from it, and I was able to compare the genes to see how it differs from the Landolita!”

Susan Coletta, Senior Science Education Specialist at Rutgers University Waksman Institute stated, “Navya accomplished a great deal during this two-week period. With this level of enthusiasm for scientific research, it is important that these achievements be recognized.”

“My biggest takeaway was not only publishing two sequences on the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) database, but it was the experience,” said Navya. “Now, through this Program, I am able to compare gene sequences from any organism, which was something I never thought I could have done before. I’m grateful for the opportunity to participate in this Program!” Navya concluded by stating, “This program was amazing and I would highly recommend it to anyone interested in gene analysis!”

For more information on this story, please contact James Strickhart at (908) 526-8900, x7169 or jstrickhart@scvts.net.