EDISON—During the summer, Devi Mody of Edison, a senior at The Wardlaw-Hartridge School, participated in the Liberty Science Center’s Partners in Science program at UMDNJ Robert Wood Johnson Medical School in Piscataway.
Approximately 25 students out of a pool of 200 applicants are chosen to participate in the program, which matches students with mentors in real laboratories around New Jersey and New York. Liberty Science Center also pays the students a stipend for their work during the summer.
“My project was called “CspA Expression & Purification,” explained Mody. “CspA is a cold shock protein from the bacteria E. coli. My goal was to try to purify and express these cold shock proteins from the bacterial cell. My project has real life applications that can be implemented in our everyday lives.”
Mody worked with Dr. Sangita Phadtare of the school’s Department of Biochemistry. She presented her work and results of her findings on her project to the lab chairman, doctors and graduate students. Following the seminar, she received high praise from the head of the laboratory for her confidence and professionalism. She also presented the same project at Liberty Science Center before parents, mentors and her fellow “partners in science.”
Phadtare said, “Devi is an intelligent and hard-working, and most importantly, highly motivated student. She was a pleasure to work with. The basic concepts which she learned during her stay in my lab will definitely help in her medical career as these will broaden her overall outlook on microorganisms and their cellular systems. She was introduced to additional projects like determining minimal inhibitory concentration of antibiotics for a particular bacterium, which has direct relevance in the medical field.”
Mody concluded, “I learned that with all the medicine and bio-medical technology available to us now, there were first researchers and scientists with an enormous amount of curiosity, determination, and perseverance. If it was not for their ‘trial-and-error personality’ combined with continuous motivation, we would not have so much available to us today. I highly respect researchers and scientists for all of their hard work and effort that they put in to make our world a better place to live in.”
Devi is the daughter of Dr. Suresh and Dr. Darshna Mody of Edison.
HANDS-ON EXPERIENCE…Devi Mody of Edison works busily in the laboratory on her project, “CspA Expression & Purificiation,” during the Liberty Science Center’s Partners in Science program at UMDNJ Robert Wood Johnson Medical School in Piscataway.
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