EDISON, NJ -- Upper School science students at The Wardlaw+Hartridge School in Edison addressed the fields of genetics and molecular biology in a series of informative virtual presentations in a webinar on May 20.

W+H offers honors research programs in genetics and molecular biology and technology. In genetics, students work on an independent genetic research project using drosophila melanogaster (fruit flies) in collaboration with an active researcher at a university, research institute or biotech company. In molecular biology and technology, students participate in a nationally funded research program through the Waksman Institute of Rutgers University and use molecular biological techniques and bioinformatics to identify and characterize previously unknown genes in the duckweed plant, which is important for biofuel and pollution control.

Six students shared their research and findings last week:

  • Anna Razvi of Somerset – The Role of the ABC-Transporter Protein in Duckweed;
  • Brianna Chambers of Somerset – The Role of Calcium Homeostasis in Drosophila Heart Regulation;
  • Neil Shah of Edison – The Function of the Tet Protein in Pain Response;
  • Shankari Theivanayagam of Summit – Production of a new Drosophila Strain to Visualize Protein-Protein Interactions in a Living Organism;
  • Neha Mandalapu of Warren – A Paternal Effect for the Hedgehog Signaling Pathway in Drosophila;
  • Silvia Xia of China – The Role of Calcium–Binding Proteins in Stressful Situations.

The Wardlaw+Hartridge School (1295 Inman Ave., N. Edison) is Central Jersey’s premier PreK-12 independent school. The campus is located near the Scotch Plains border and just five miles from downtown Westfield. It is a private, nonsectarian, coeducational day school that prepares students to lead and succeed in a world of global interconnection. Wardlaw+Hartridge provides an educational atmosphere characterized by academic challenge, support for individual excellence, diversity, and a familial sense of community.