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Student Awards & Accolades

 

2019-2020

Varun Kumar named 2019 Davidson Fellow.

Publications:

Dai, K., Radin, D. P., & Leonardi, D. (2019). PINK1 depletion sensitizes non-small cell lung cancer to glycolytic inhibitor 3-bromopyruvate: Involvement of ROS and mitophagy. Pharmacological Reports71(6), 1184–1189. doi: 10.1016/j.pharep.2019.08.002

 

2018-2019

 

Each of these 11 students  presented at the BCA Research Expo and each of these 11 students submitted their research to the Regeneron Science Talent Search after 2 to 4 years in my lab and having written a 20 page thesis for submission.  These students (in no particular order) include:

 

Jesper Bajwa 

Grace Zwemmer 

Maame-Afua Ansah who was also named a BCA Research Expo 2019 Symposium Finalist

Miri Goodman who was also selected to present  her research at  ENDO2019, the annual meeting of the Endocrine Society held in New Orleans, LA.  

Rachel Havriliak who was also selected as a Junior Science and Humanities Symposium  Poster presenter at the State level

Jennifer Kong  who was also a Symposium Finalist at the State level of the Junior Science and Humanities Symposium

Wooseok Kwon was a state finalist at the Junior Science and Humanities Symposium poster presentations,  a 2019 BCA Research Expo Symposium Finalist, and named a Top 10 national finalist for the Neuroscience Research Prize

Kevin Chew  took First place and Symposium Finalist at the NJ Junior Science and Humanities Symposium,  Kevin also competed at the National level of the Junior Science and Humanities Symposium.  

Maiya Maowas a Regeneron Science Talent Search Semifinalist, International Science and Engineering Fair Finalist (Third Place), BCA REsearch Expo Symposium Finalist,  and the author of a publication in a peer reviewed journal. 

Caleb Shi was also a Regeneron Science Talent Search Semifinalist, he presented at ASME 2018 International  Conference in Quebec City, Quebec, Canada.  He also presented at the  Society for Neuroscience in San Diego.  He was named a  Top  finalist for the Neuroscience Research Prize, and presented at the American Academy of Neurology in Philadelphia. Caleb. 

Varun Kumar  was a Regeneron Science Talent Search Finalist, attended International Science and Engineering Fair (twice) (Second Place)he was a NJ Junior Science and Humanities Symposium poster presenter, he was a BCA Research Expo Symposium Finalist, an NJRSF Symposium Finalist, and the author of 2 publications in peer reviewed journals.

Jason Ping was a BCA Research Expo Symposium Finalist and International Science and Engineering Fair Finalist finishing “First Place” and “Best in Category.”

Max Zhang was a Top 15 Finalist at the International BioGENEius competition held during Bio2019.   

Jessie Lee was a BCA Research Expo Symposium Finalist

 

Publications:

Maiya Mao (AMST 2019):

Mao MJ, Leonardi DE (2019) Vascular-endothelial response to IDH1 mutant fibrosarcoma secretome and metabolite: Implications on cancer microenvironment. American Journal of Cancer Research (Accepted for publication; ahead of print)

 

Varun Kumar (AAST 2019):

Studies examining the synergy between Dihydrotanshinone and Temozolomide against MGMT+ glioblastoma cells in vitro: Predicting interactions with the blood-brain barrierhttps://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0753332218349266

 

 

 

2017-2018

 

Presidential Scholar (Katherine Dai)

Davidson Fellows ( Deena Shefter $25,000 and Nicole Moiseyev $10,000)

10 Regeneron Science Talent Search Semifinalists ( Isabella Impalli, Dan Cho, Katherine Dai, Gene Lee, Ken Stier, Devarshi Vasa, Clairisse Hwang, Nikhil Lohe, Nicole Moiseyev, Deena Shefter)

Siemens Semifinalists:        Katherine Dai and Isabella Impalli

 International Science and Engineering Fair

       Varun Kumar, 2nd Place 

        Nikhil Lohe, 2nd Place

BCA Research EXPO (ISEF affiliated Fair)

       Finalists:   Clairisse Whang, Haneul Shin, Gene Lee, Deena Shefter, Jason Ping, Varun Kumar, Nikhil Lohe, and Katherine Dai

 

Junior Science and Humanities Symposium (National Level)

        Katherine Dai

        Isabella Impalli

         

Presentation at the 100th Annual meeting of the Endocrine Society in Chicago

                   Emily Mayo

Presentation at the American Association of Cancer Research Annual meeting also in Chicago

                  Varun Kumar

"Top 10" (National Level) in the ANN Neuroscience Research Prize -Varun Kumar

Publication:

Probing the Oncolytic and Chemosensitizing Effects of Dihydrotanshinone in an In Vitro Glioblastoma Model. Kumar V1Radin D2Leonardi D3

Anticancer Res. 2017 Nov;37(11):6025-6030.

2016-2017

 
$250,000 Winner Regeneron Science Talent Search 2017
     Indrani Das
  Regeneron Science Talent Search Finalist 2017
     Jacy Fang;  $25,000
 
  Regeneron Science Talent Search Semifinalists 2017
    Andrew Fong
    Sabrina Gjerswold-Selleck
Siemens Competition Regional Finalist  2016-2017
    Jacy Fang 
  
 Siemens Competition Semifinalists 2016-2017
    John Lozada 
    Jiwoo Lee 
International Science and Engineering Fair Finalists  
    Dongmin (Courtney) Kim 
    Jiwoo Lee 
    John Lozada
    Clairisse Whang; 2nd Place; $3,000
    Varun Kumar; Student Ambassador
iSWEEEP Finalists
    Jiwoo Lee
    Meryl Pookkattu; 3rd Place
    Dongmin (Courtney) Kim; 1st Place
National Junior Science and Humanities Symposium National Finalists
    Jiwoo Lee;  2nd Place  $8,000
    John Lozada
    Indrani Das 
BioGENEius International 2017
    Katherine Dai--one of 15 International Finalists
Publications:  John Roy Lozada
    Lozada, JR et. al., Myxoid Fibroadenomas Differ from Conventional Fibroadenomas: a Hypothesis Generating    Study. Histopathology. 2017 May 17. doi: 10.1111/his.13258.

 

 

 

Regeneron STS

 

(2017)  Indrani Das - First Place

             Indrani Das & Jacy Fang - Finalists   

             Andrew Fong, Sabrina Gjerswold-Selleck, Enoch Jiang, Jiwoo Lee, Christina Ping, Varun Subramaniam                

(2016)  Rachel Han, MinSung Cho - Semifinalist                                                                                                                                               

(2015)  Nicole Eskow - Finalist

             Nicole Kim, Nicole Eskow, Grace Kim, Justin Yu & Isabella Martin - Semifinalist
(2014)  
Brianna Perreira - 
Finalist
 
           Daniella Batarseh, Brianna Perreira, Ankitha Radakrishnan & Hee Jae Song - Semifinalists
(2013)  Jennifer Chan - Finalist
            Jennifer Chan, Michelle Guo, Daniel Pierce Radin & Janice Yejin Su - Semifinalists
(2012)  Eun Be (Grace) Kim - Finalist
            George Masanori Iwaoka & Eun Be (Grace) Kim - Semifinalists
(2011)  Junyoung Choi, Augustina Mensa-Kwao, Apexa Modi, Shivani Vinay Shah, Kushali Pranit Upadhyay, Austin Jeffrey Wang, Stephanie               Cervino, Yeon Jeong Cho, April Hea Yon Choi & Eun Young Choi - Semifinalists
(2010)  Linda Zhou - Finalist
             Mark Lipa Velednitsky, Linda Zhou, Seung Eun Lee & Johanna Meehyun Lee - Semifinalists
(2008)  Steven Konstantin Lisica - Semifinalist
(2007)  Caroline Beth Drucker & George Hotz - Semifinalists

 

Siemens Competition

(2016) Jacy Fang, Jiwoo Lee, John Lozada, Miyu Ono, Sung Hyun Yoo - Semifinalists

(2015)MinSung Cho - Semifinalist

(2014) Hee-Sung Kim, Justin Yu - Semifinalists

 

Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF)

(2016) Jiwoo Lee - Best in Category, 1st Award, US-Indo Award, CAST Awardrd Award; Alon Millet - Second Award

(2015) Nicole Eskow - 3rd Award - Biomedical and Health Sciences   Awards

(2014) Alon Millet - 2nd Place Plant Physiology; Special Award    Awards
(2013)
 Alon Millet - Finalist

 

North Jersey Regional Science Fair Award Winners

(2014-2015) Nicole Eskow (ISEF Finalist); Dongmin Kim (ISEF Finalist); Rachel Han (ISEF Alternate); Jiwoo Lee; Nicole Kim; Sangwoo Hahn; Anuja Walke; Himani Patel; Bianca Pereira; Justin Yu; Minsung Cho; Jennifer Lee; Hee-Sung Kim; Alon Millet; Isabella Martin; Nathan Levin
(2013-2014)
Alon Millet (ISEF Finalist); Ji-Sung Kim (ISEF Finalist Alternate); Justin Yu; Dongyeon Kim; Hee Jae (Ana) Song; Himani Patel; Bianca Perreira; Brianna Perreira; Parth Bhargav; Jerome Fratello & Christopher Capasso; Daniella Batarseh;  
(2012-2013)
Alon Millet (ISEF Finalist Alternate); Joshua Ross (ISEF Finalist Alternate)

 

Monmouth Junior Science Symposium Award Winners

(2014-2015) Paper Presentation Awards - Alon Millet (2nd Place), Isabella Martin (3rd Place), Rachel Han (Honorable Mention); Poster Presentation Awards - Hee-Sung Kim (3rd Place)   Full Awards

 

New Jersey Academy of Science Annual Meeting 

(2015) Cell and Molecular Biology Category: 1st - Thomas Ferrante; Ecology II: 1st - Alon Millet; Health & Medicine II: 1st - Yashaar Hafizka, 3rd - Bianca Pereira. 


 

Publications

Student Full Papers

 

  • Probing the Molecular Mechanisms Governing the Oncolytic Activity of Paeonia suffruticosa on Triple-negative Breast Cancer CellsIn Vitro Anticancer Res 37 (9)4813-4819
  • Radin, D., Lippa, A., Patel, P., & Leonardi, D., "Lifeguard inhibition of Fas-mediated apoptosis: A possible mechanism for explaining the cisplatin resistance of triple-negative breast cancer cells." Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, 77, 161-166,2016.
  • S.Y. Kim & D. Leonardi., "Angiogenin as a Multi-Targeted Therapy for Alzheimers Disease". International Journal of Scientific and Engineering Research, Nov. 2013.
  • E. Kim, J. Jacobson, and D. Leonardi., "Tamoxifen: A Novel Approach for the Treatment of Estrogen Receptor Negative Cancers." International Journal of Scientific and Engineering Research, 3(2), 2012.
  • N. Philips, et al., "Stimulation of Cell Proliferation and Expression of Matrixmetalloproteinase-1 and Interluekin-8 Genes in Dermal Fibroblasts by Copper." Connective Tissue Research 51, 224-229, 2010.
  • N. Philips, et al., "Differential regulation of growth factors and matrix metalloproteinase-1 by estrogen, progesterone, and tamoxifen in normal and cancerous endometrial cells." J. Cancer Mol. 4, 169-173, 2009.
  • N. Philips, et al., "Beneficial regulation of matrixmetalloproteinases and their inhibitors, fibrillar collagens and transforming growth factor-β by Polypodium leucotomos, directly or in dermal fibroblasts, ultraviolet radiated fibroblasts, and melanoma cells." Archives of Dermatological Research 301(7), 487-495, 2009.

Student Short Papers

  • D. Batarseh, et al., "A Novel Method to Manipulate Osteoblastic Differentiation." Microsc Microanal 20(Suppl 2), 2014. Awaiting Citation
  • M. Guo, et al., "Novel Mechanisms for Resveratrol and Metformin: Implications in Alzheimer's Disease." Microsc Microanal 19(Suppl 2), 248-249, 2013.   Abstract   Poster
  • P. Patel, et al., "The Effect of 17-β-estradiol on Cellular Proliferation Mediated by Protein Disulfide Isomerase and the Mammalian Target of Rapamycin (mTOR)." Microsc Microanal 19(Suppl 2), 286-287, 2013.  Abstract   Poster
  • Y. Esquilin, et al., "mtDNA Migration and the Role of Exosomes in Horizontal Gene Transfer." Microsc Microanal 18(Suppl 2), 286-287, 2012. Abstract  Poster
  • G. Iwaoka, et al., "Investigating UBM Degradation Products as a Possible Therapeutic Treatment for Regenerative Medicine using a P19 Cell Model." Microsc Microanal 18(Suppl 2), 284-285, 2012.  Abstract  Poster 
  • E. Dente, et al., "The Benzoin-Based Complex: A New Frontier for Skin Repair." Microsc Microanal 18(Suppl 2), 288-289, 2012.  Abstract  Poster 
  • Y. Park, et al., "Anti-aggregation Potential of Sugars against Strepococcus mutans in co-culture with Lactobacillus rhamnosus." Microsc Microanal 18(Suppl 2), 24-25, 2012.  Abstract  Poster
  • S. Rastogi, et al., "A Novel Intracellular Target for Anti-Allergic Medications." Microsc Microanal 17(Suppl 2), 310-311, 2011.  Abstract  Poster
  • J. Obayemi, et al., "Erythropoietin and Breast Cancer Progression: An in vitro Study." Microsc Microanal 17(Suppl 2), 302-303, 2011.  Abstract Poster
  • J. Choi, et al., "Encapsulation of Paclitaxel with Glycol Chitosan Nanoaggregates for in vitro Drug Delivery." Microsc Microanal 17(Suppl 2), 312-313, 2011.  Abstract  Poster 
  • A. Shah & D. Leonardi. "The Hormetic Effects of Copper on Thermotolerance in Rotifers." Proceedings of The Fourth Annual International Conference on Hormesis Implications For Toxiciology, Medicine and Risk Assessment. June 6-8, 2005, University of Mass, Amherst, Mass. 2005. 
  • A. Shah & D. Leonardi. "Possible Molecular Underpinnings of Hormesis Induced Longevity.Proceedings of The Fourth Annual International Conference on Hormesis Implications For Toxiciology, Medicine and Risk Assessment. June 6-8, 2005, University of Mass, Amherst, Mass. 2005.