Yeshiva University Undergraduates Conduct Biomedical Research at YU’s Albert Einstein College of Medicine

New York, NY, Aug 18, 2003 — Elisheva Douglas hopes her research on lupus will help scientists better understand the chronic inflammatory disease that affects thousands of Americans each year. She and nine other Yeshiva University (YU) undergraduates spent nine weeks this summer investigating causes and treatments of ailments including cancer, sickle cell anemia, and Alzheimer’s disease under the tutelage of top biomedical scientists at the University’s Albert Einstein College of Medicine.

Ms. Douglas, Nomi Ben-Zvi, Netanel Berko, Chaya Gopin, Aaron Leifer, Dina Ohevshalom, David Rabin, and David Wise were 2003 Roth Institute Scholars for Undergraduate Summer Research sponsored by the Ernst and Hedwig Roth Institute of Biomedical Science Education at YU in New York City. In addition, Tova Fischer and Jeremy Mazurek conducted research at Einstein as University Summer Research Scholars. The annual programs seek to enhance the educational experience of biology and science majors at YU’s Yeshiva College and Stern College for Women.

Mr. Rabin, a biology major at Yeshiva College, investigated the relationship between adipocytes (fat cells) and breast cancer cells, since certain cancer strains require fat cells to grow and metastasize. The goal of his research was to better understand cancer cell growth and find potential methods of halting their proliferation. “I was grateful to participate in fascinating scientific research that may one day advance medicine,” Mr. Rabin said.

Tova Fischer, a biochemistry major at Stern College for Women, studied the genetic expression of Glutathione-S Transferases (GST), a class of enzymes that is involved in detoxification of noxious substances and considered effective in fighting cancers. “I felt my research was important because I had the freedom to conduct my own project, learn from my mistakes, and hone my skills,” said Ms. Fischer, “yet I was very much guided by the experienced members of the lab who taught me valuable principles in science and research.”

The students hail from California, New York, New Jersey, South Carolina, and Israel.

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