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High School Student Mentoring

Each summer, in collaboration with the volunteer offices at Huntington Breast Cancer Action Coalition and FCCC, Students and Scientists Environmental Research Scholarship Program, we invite carefully selected high school students to the Breast Cancer Research Laboratory (BCRL) to experience first hand what biological research entails. 

Students gain exposure in all areas of the lab, from histology and cell culture, to molecular biology. During their time here, they are assigned one project to work on, under the guidance of one of our mentoring scientists.

At the end of their internship, each student must give an oral presentation to the group in which they discuss their project's methodology and results, as well as their experience in the lab and what they learned. This time is also valuable for us as organizers because it helps us understand how to make these experiences more fruitful, for both the students and researchers.

Tehreem RehmanTehreem Rehman
Ms. Rehman was supported in the summer of 2007 by a fellowship granted by the Huntington Breast Cancer Action Coalition of NY. She is a student of Walt Whitman High School, 301 West Hills Road Huntington Station, NY.

Ms. Rehman worked under the supervision of Drs. Fathima Sheriff, and Johana Vanegas, Julia Pereira and Patricia A. Russo. During her stay she was engaged in learning the tools for evaluating the role of xenoestrogens in the  genomic profile of the rat mammary gland.

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Pictured from left to right: Shirou Wu, Emily Lopes, Dr. Jose Russo, Zack Rotter, and Julia Pereira

Shirou Wu, Emily Lopes and Zack Rotter were supported in the summer of 2008 by  fellowships granted by the Huntington Breast Cancer Action Coalition of NY. Ms Wu and Lopez are students at the  Commack High School, and Mr. Rotter attends Walt Whitman High School.

The students were under the supervision of Dr. Fathima Sheriff, Ms Julia Pereira, and Ms Kara Snider.  During their staythey learned theanatomy of the rat, animal dissection, organ identification, sample collection, processing of collected samples, storage of collected samples, embedding and sectioning, sample staining and whole mount preparations.

After learning the basic tools, they were assigned specific projects which involved evaluating the whole mammary glands of animals that had been previously treated with xenoestrogens like BBP, BPA and TCDD.
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At the end of their projects they provided a final report and made a power point presentation to the Breast Cancer Research Laboratory members and invited relatives.

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High school students, Ishara Lareef and Maria Arisi worked during the summer 2010 under supervision of Dr. Sandra Fernandez and Dr. Fathima Sheriff. Ishara is a student from Julia Masterman Laboratory School in Philadelphia, PA and Maria is a student from Abington Senior High School in Abington, PA.

Their work focused on the study of retinoic acid effect on transformed human breast epithelia cells (HBEC). During their internship they gained hands on experience in cell culture, cell treatment, collagen assays, cell counting, and cell morphology. At the end of their projects they provided a final report and gave Power Point presentations to the Breast Cancer Research Laboratory members and invited relatives.

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In the summer of 2009, Farooq Ansari and Travis Fishstein, assisted the BCRL through the "The Students and Scientists Environmental Research Scholarship" sponsored by Prevention Is The Cure, Inc., a campaign of the Huntington Breast Cancer Action Coalition (HBCAC). Farooq is a student of Commack High School, Long Island, and Travis is a student of Northport High School.

The students were under the supervision of Dr. Johana Vanegas, Dr. Fathima Sheriff, Mr. Lucas Bidinotto and Ms Kara Snider. The aim of their internship was to learn how scientific research was conducted through studies on the effects of environment contaminants in the rat mammary gland. They were trained in basic laboratory techniques such as: rat dissection; sample: collection, processing and storage; embedding, sectioning, Hematoxylin & Eosin and whole mount preparations. They learn about the environmental contaminants BPA and TCDD, the mammary gland structure, cell division, and basic statistic methods. At the end of their project they provided a final report and made an oral presentation to the Breast Cancer Research Laboratory members and invited relatives. As well, they presented their research experience titled: "Effect of Prepubertal Exposure to Environmental Contaminants in the Rat Mammary Gland " at the "Sixth Annual Early Environmental Exposures Meeting" of the Breast Cancer and the Environment Research Centers, on November 2009 at Cavallo Point, Sausalito, CA.

High School Students

In the summer of 2011, Joshua Solomowitz (1) from Huntington NY and Harrison Ferlauno (2) from Commack NY rotated in the BCRL through the "The Students and Scientists Environmental Research Scholarship" sponsored by Prevention Is The Cure, Inc., a campaign of the Huntington Breast Cancer Action Coalition (HBCAC). The students work under the supervision of Fathima Sheriff, MD. They studied the effect of Bisphenol A and Phthalates in the rat mammary gland.

High School students

In the summer of 2012 Terez Sanogo [1] from Abington Friends School, Danielle Ferstler, [2] from Northport High School and Nikki Rodgers [3] from Walt Whitman High School rotated in the BCRL. Danielle and Nikki were supported by "The Students and Scientists Environmental Research Scholarship" sponsored by Prevention Is The Cure, Inc., a campaign of the Huntington Breast Cancer Action Coalition (HBCAC). The three students studied effect of BBP and BPA on cell lines. They were mentored by Maria Barton, MS, David Armiss, BS and Yubo Zhai, MS, under supervision of Dr. Julia Santucci-Pereira.