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Briarcliff HS Pair Named Columbia University Research Scholars Finalists

Two Briarcliff High School students, Shray Khanna and Simone Kanrad, have been named as Columbia University Research Scholars finalists.
Two Briarcliff High School students, Shray Khanna and Simone Kanrad, have been named as Columbia University Research Scholars finalists. Photo Credit: The Daily Voice File Photo

BRIARCLIFF MANOR, N.Y. -- Two Briarcliff High School students, Shray Khanna and Simone Kanrad, have been named as Columbia University Research Scholars finalists.

The Columbia Research Scholars Journal provides high school students with a platform to publish scholarly manuscripts in the fields of natural sciences, physical sciences, engineering and social sciences. The two are part of 25 finalists who submissions are being judged for publication in the Journal in the fall.

In their own words, the two students offered the following information about their projects:

Shray Khanna -- Stem Cell Biology

"I am currently enrolled in a program called the Briarcliff Science Research Program through the University at Albany. ... My primary area of interest is stem cell research. As a result, I’ve spent the past three years developing my foundational understanding of current research in the field of stem cell biology, with a particular emphasis on iPSCs (induced pluripotent stem cells). During the past summer, I was fortunate enough to gain the opportunity to conduct research on HSCs (hematopoietic stem cells) under the guidance of Dr. Ihor Lemischka and his M.D. /Ph.D. student, Michael Daniel, at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mt. Sinai."

Simone Konrad -- Genetics

"I worked at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia with Drs. Ronald Rubenstein and Laurence Suaud for the past two summers on this research. I studied this material because I had an interest in genetics and my sister has a rare condition called primary ciliary dyskinesia. It is similar to cystic fibrosis (CF) and uses many of the same therapies that were created for CF patients. I have found that studying CF has allowed me to reach a large population of not only CF patients but also patients like my sister that have similar conditions and indirectly depend on CF research. This allows me to amplify the impact that my research and further research can have on the scientific community."

The final award winners will be announced in October.

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