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Way to Go! Naeha Pathak of Herricks High

"I was really excited to find this link," said Naeha Pathak, a senior at Herricks High School, of her research on treating ovarian cancer. Credit: Herricks School District

A prestigious science journal has featured a Herricks High School senior’s findings on chemoresistance in ovarian cancer treatment.

Naeha Pathak, 17, was primary author of the paper, “Inhibition of GSK3B Modulates Cell Death in Epithelial Ovarian Cancer,” featured in the European Scientific Journal’s May edition. The research showed that suppressing the GSK3B gene helped cells survive chemotherapy treatment.

“I was really excited to find this link,” Pathak said. “It felt great that my research was able to be recognized on a platform like this.”

She became interested in the topic two years ago after volunteering at a hospital in New Dehli and meeting women with the disease, she said.

Molloy College chemistry professor Noelle Cutter and Tyler Walther, who graduated from Molloy in May, co-authored the 17-page article.

The opportunity arose after Pathak drafted a paper for The Siemens Competition in Math, Science & Technology. Cutter later forwarded it to the journal for consideration. Pathak said she worked on the topic five hours a day for five days a week in summer 2015.

Pathak presented her work at the American Association for Cancer Research’s annual meeting in June in New Orleans. She also has conducted research on osteoarthritis in Stony Brook University’s Simons Summer Research Program.

At her school, she is a member of the National Honor Society, tennis team and Dance Club.


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