Mount Sinai School of Medicine and Stony Brook University Select 4 From Whitman

Left to right: South Huntington STEM Coach Marijean Scardapane, Karthikeyan (Karthi) Mayilvaganan, Science Department Chairperson Marcus Maddy, Desislava (Desi) Kirina, Jordan Roiland, Amy Chan, Whitman Principal John Murphy, and South Huntington Career Pathways Liaison Dennis Pettas.
Left to right: South Huntington STEM Coach Marijean Scardapane, Karthikeyan (Karthi) Mayilvaganan, Science Department Chairperson Marcus Maddy, Desislava (Desi) Kirina, Jordan Roiland, Amy Chan, Whitman Principal John Murphy, and South Huntington Career Pathways Liaison Dennis Pettas.

Four South Huntington students have been selected to participate in the 2016 Huntington Breast Cancer Action Coalition Students and Scientists Environmental Research Scholarship Program in the following areas:

Karthikeyan (Karthi) Mayilvaganan (rising senior) will work with Principal Investigator Dr. Jaymie Meliker, Assistant Professor in the Graduate Program in Public Health, Department of Preventive Medicine, Stony Brook University; 

Jordan Roiland, and Desislava (Desi) Kirina (rising seniors) will work at Mount Sinai with Principal Investigator Dr. Sarah Evans, Postdoctoral Fellow in Preventive Medicine, at the Mount Sinai Medical Center, Icahn School of Medicine;  

Amy Chan (rising senior), will work at the Huntington Breast Cancer Action Coalition in support the Mount Sinai team’s research and outreach; specifically in local communication and outreach.

In addition, Subhana Zafar (rising freshman) has been selected to continue the internship she began earlier this year at Huntington Breast Cancer Action Coalition offices in Huntington.

The HBCAC Program is a partnership between community grassroots coalitions, local student, research centers, and school districts.  These internships all involve critical research in environmental medicine, and the Mount Sinai internship includes communication and community outreach as well.  “These students will contribute meaningfully to the national conversation on environmental triggers to disease,” said Karen Miller, HBCAC Founder and Director.  “We are looking forward to an amazing partnership,” added HBCAC staffer Melanie Robinson, who will be mentoring students in local outreach and communication.

“We are thrilled that our students will be participating in this meaningful and important research,” said Dr. Bloom, South Huntington’s Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction.  “And we look forward to a long and rich partnership going forward.”