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 presentations on May 21 in the Oakwood Room.

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.

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Five students shared the research this week:

  • Olivia Tobey of Scotch Plains and Kelly Lawrence of Scotch Plains – Identification and Gene Coding for the C2 Domain Containing Protein in the Duckweed Plant;
  • Victoria Georgiou of Warren – The Role of the ATAC Protein Complex in Drosophila;
  • Michele Peruzzo of Westfield – The Function of the TET Protein in Locomotion in Drosophila;
  • Silvia Xia of Iselin – The Role of Calcium-Binding Proteins in Stressful Situations; and
  • Isabella Sena-Cash of Scotch Plains – The Role of Calcium in Programmed Cell Death (Apoptosis).

The Wardlaw+Hartridge School is Central Jersey’s premier PreK-12 independent school. The campus is located at 1295 Inman Ave. in North Edison, 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.