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Jul 27, 2009 — Ten Yeshiva University (YU) students are spending their summer conducting innovative scientific research as Roth Scholars and University Summer Research Scholars. The undergraduate students are working alongside top scientific researchers at YU’s Albert Einstein College of Medicine in the Bronx. The impressive group includes Tirtza Spiegel, daughter of David and Heather, of Toronto, ON.

“The eight students in the Roth Scholars program and the two students in the University Summer Research Scholars program are paired with scientists at Einstein to gain experience conducting cutting-edge scientific research,” said Barry Potvin, PhD, professor of biology at YU and chairperson of the Roth Summer Research Fellowship Committee. The annual ten-week program, sponsored by the Ernst and Hedwig Roth Institute of Biomedical Science Education at Yeshiva University, provides each student with a stipend and campus housing.

“Each program has its own funding, and both allow undergraduate science students the chance to experience high-level research with university scientists,” Dr. Potvin said. The students work in teams alongside graduate and post-doctoral students.

Spiegel, a Roth Scholar, is working with Dr. Jeffrey Segall on designing primers that will determine the changes in the proportion of cancer cells in mice. She credits the experience with teaching her “how to be diligent, self disciplined and patient.”

Spiegel hopes to pursue an MD as well as another degree that will enable her to continue conducting research, with a focus on women’s health. “Stern College for Women has provided incredible opportunities for students interested in science,” she says. “There are enriching internships with wonderful professors offered throughout the year.”

According to Dr. Potvin, although most of the students are considering medical careers, this experience often piques their interest in research, and motivates them to apply to MD/PhD programs.

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Jul 27, 2009 — Ten Yeshiva University (YU) students are spending their summer conducting innovative scientific research as Roth Scholars and University Summer Research Scholars. The undergraduate students are working alongside top scientific researchers at YU’s Albert Einstein College of Medicine in the Bronx. The impressive group includes Emily Liebling, daughter of Drs. Ralph and Melissa, of Rockland County, NY.

“The eight students in the Roth Scholars program and the two students in the University Summer Research Scholars program are paired with scientists at Einstein to gain experience conducting cutting-edge scientific research,” said Barry Potvin, PhD, professor of biology at YU and chairperson of the Roth Summer Research Fellowship Committee. The annual ten-week program, sponsored by the Ernst and Hedwig Roth Institute of Biomedical Science Education at Yeshiva University, provides each student with a stipend and campus housing.

“Each program has its own funding, and both allow undergraduate science students the chance to experience high-level research with university scientists,” Dr. Potvin said. The students work in teams alongside graduate and post-doctoral students.

Liebling, a University Summer Research Scholar, is investigating the activities of kinesins, a super family of motor proteins, and how they interact with microtubules in the laboratory of Dr. Hernando Sosa. She hopes to be a physician and credits YU for giving her first-hand experience in “the way scientific research is approached and practiced.

“Be it in the classroom, professors, mentors or abundant research opportunities available, Yeshiva has truly paved the way for any path I may to take,” said Liebling,.

According to Dr. Potvin, although most of the students are considering medical careers, this experience often piques their interest in research, and pushes them to apply to MD/PhD programs.

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Jul 27, 2009 — Ten Yeshiva University (YU) students are spending their summer conducting innovative scientific research as Roth Scholars and University Summer Research Scholars. The undergraduate students are working alongside top scientific researchers at YU’s Albert Einstein College of Medicine in the Bronx. The impressive group includes Long Island natives, Yona Saperstein and Motti Friedman—both Roth Scholars.

“The eight students in the Roth Scholars program and the two students in the University Summer Research Scholars program are paired with scientists at Einstein to gain experience conducting cutting-edge scientific research,” said Barry Potvin, PhD, professor of biology at YU and chairperson of the Roth Summer Research Fellowship Committee. The annual ten-week program, sponsored by the Ernst and Hedwig Roth Institute of Biomedical Science Education at Yeshiva University, provides each student with a stipend and campus housing.

“Each program has its own funding, and both allow undergraduate science students the chance to experience high-level research with university scientists,” Dr. Potvin said. The students work in teams alongside graduate and post-doctoral students.

Saperstein, son of Drs. Adena an Avi, is researching the effects of hyperoxia on actin polymerization under the mentorship of Dr. Ben Ovryn.

Friedman, son of Dr. Elliot and Anita, plans on applying to medical school shortly. He is researching under the guidance of Dr. Ekaterina Dadachova.

“I was debating whether I wanted a career in medicine or not,” said Saperstein. “Thanks to my experiences at YU, I have decided to pursue a career in biomedical sciences.”

According to Dr. Potvin, although most of the students are considering medical careers, this experience often piques their interest in research, and pushes them to apply to MD/PhD programs.



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Jul 27, 2009 — Ten Yeshiva University (YU) students are spending their summer conducting innovative scientific research as Roth Scholars and University Summer Research Scholars. The undergraduate students are working alongside top scientific researchers at YU’s Albert Einstein College of Medicine in the Bronx. The impressive group includes Shoshana Zitter of Teaneck, NJ.

“The eight students in the Roth Scholars program and the two students in the University Summer Research Scholars program are paired with scientists at Einstein to gain experience conducting cutting-edge scientific research,” said Barry Potvin, PhD, professor of biology at YU and chairperson of the Roth Summer Research Fellowship Committee. The annual ten-week program, sponsored by the Ernst and Hedwig Roth Institute of Biomedical Science Education at Yeshiva University, provides each student with a stipend and campus housing.

“Each program has its own funding, and both allow undergraduate science students the chance to experience high-level research with university scientists,” Dr. Potvin said. The students work in teams alongside graduate and post-doctoral students.

Zitter, daughter of Mark and Bonnie, is working with Dr. Amy Fox on the development and validation of an automated molecular platform to diagnose novel swine flu. “In the research I am doing, I have learned a lot about the HIV and swine flu viruses,” explains the Roth Scholar, “including symptoms, molecular definitions and how to test for them.”

The Teaneck native plans on going to medical school while simultaneously continuing her clinical research. “Yeshiva University offers a large biology department with teachers who are bright, approachable and eager to teach. This allowed me to learn a great deal about a topic that has always interested me and that I will need for the future.”

According to Dr. Potvin, although most of the students are considering medical careers, this experience often piques their interest in research, and pushes them to apply to MD/PhD programs.

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Jul 27, 2009 — Ten Yeshiva University (YU) students are spending their summer conducting innovative scientific research as Roth Scholars and University Summer Research Scholars. The undergraduate students are working alongside top scientific researchers at YU’s Albert Einstein College of Medicine in the Bronx. The impressive group includes Avital Bauman and Chaim Golfeiz of Baltimore, MD.

“The eight students in the Roth Scholars program and the two students in the University Summer Research Scholars program are paired with scientists at Einstein to gain experience conducting cutting-edge scientific research,” said Barry Potvin, PhD, professor of biology at YU and chairperson of the Roth Summer Research Fellowship Committee. The annual ten-week program, sponsored by the Ernst and Hedwig Roth Institute of Biomedical Science Education at Yeshiva University, provides each student with a stipend and campus housing.

“Each program has its own funding, and both allow undergraduate science students the chance to experience high-level research with university scientists,” Dr. Potvin said. The students work in teams alongside graduate and post-doctoral students.

Golfeiz, a Roth Scholar, is researching chemical biology under the mentorship of Dr. Bhaskar Das.
“I am experiencing what it means to live the life of a researcher,” says Golfeiz, son of David and Esther. “YU has given me the opportunity to work and learn from the best and brightest in research in a world-class facility.”

Bauman, a University Summer Research Scholar, is researching the relationship between endocannabinoid proteins and HIV under the guidance of Dr. Melissa Nashat and Dr. Sunhee Lee.

“Being a part of the academic and scientific world is fascinating, yet humbling,” explains Bauman, daughter of Sherri and Gary. “However, this experience has been truly rewarding. The extracurricular activities offered at YU have encouraged me to work hard in pursuing a career in medicine and global health.”

According to Dr. Potvin, although most of the students are considering medical careers, this experience often piques their interest in research, and pushes them to apply to MD/PhD programs.

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