When Sam Blass began studying protein crystallization with Dr. Neer Asherie, assistant professor of physics and biology at Yeshiva University (YU), he became so enamored with nanotechnology that he decided to major in chemistry instead of his previous pre-med track. The move paid off as Blass was recently accepted to the prestigious National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship Program. The program offers fellowships to outstanding students in their early stages of pursuing a research based Master’s or PhD degree.
Vikram Padmanabhan realized he was drawn to medicine as a way to practice science and physiology “with a human touch” when his students at Lehman High School in the Bronx came to him with health problems. After three years as a teacher, Padmanabhan decided to combine his love of science with a desire to keep “one foot in the real world” by pursuing an MD at Albert Einstein College of Medicine.