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Dec 09

Senior School Board Showcase

On December 8th, 2014, the entire Magnet senior class presented their summer internship work and projects to the Camas School District school board and community at the Zellerbach Administration Center.  After the poster fair, staff, students, and community convened for the regular school board meeting and listened to formal presentations of internships by seniors Meghal Sheth and Reesab Pathak.

Ms. Sheth continued her work this year at Washington State University Vancouver with Dr. Allison Coffin. She studied “Zebrafish hair cells, which are are structurally and functionally similar to those in the human inner ear, and examined the potential for bisphenol-A (BPA), the common monomer used in the production of polycarbonate plastics and epoxy resins, to kill hair cells.” Her work in this study provides additional evidence about the damaging effects of BPA on both aquatic organisms and human health:  Does BPA Cause Hearing Loss? Assessing the Potential Ototoxicity Induced by Bisphenol-A in Danio rerio (Zebrafish) Lateral Line

Mr. Pathak conducted an internship over the last year and a half at OHSU working on a research team to better understand HIV.  “With over 35 million people living with HIV today and a long history of vaccine failure, an unconventional vaccine is urgently needed.” His work shows that “non-classical Rhesus MHC-E restricts RhCMV/Gag vaccine-induced CD8+ T cell responses … This data suggests that this vaccine could have efficacy in humans.” He has received a co-author credit in a study that will be published in the December 2014 Journal of Immunology:  Universal, MHC-E restricted killer T cell responses: Identification of a novel immune response against HIV 

Congratulations, seniors, on your successful internships and projects!