Budding YU Scientists Spend Summer In Lab

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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