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With the new season upon us, it is that time of year again to celebrate the creative collaborations of NYIT students’ finest work. The Symposium of University Research on Creative Expression: Source is held every year to give students an opportunity to display their presentations at a conference hosted by the University. Usually, this work is done under the watchful eye of a mentor who agrees to help the student with his/her project. This project is usually done over an extended period of time in which the students work to discover new areas of their chosen field of interest. One student in particular, Chan Bavishi, is making an extraordinary difference in his field.

“We have taken a gene from the worm Caenorhabditis elegans that codes for a certain type of kinase protein called Kinase Protein C. This protein is responsible for regulating much of what goes on in a cell, but we do not yet have a full picture of what proteins it works with or how it does. We think that issues with this protein are associated with Alzheimer’s disease, and while we aren’t close to determining the link it has to Alzheimer’s, we are finding out how the protein works piece by piece. Basically, we are genetically modifying the protein to see how it works so we can ultimatelydiscover how this would benefit or simplify certain diseases.”Chan worked under the mentorship of Dr. Marianne Land and his team members: Parini Patel, Nicole Thomas, Yuliya Zamota, Rayan Sarfaraz, Binju Bose, Hamza Khalid, Bestin Kuriakose, Saad Kamal, and Alex Angus.

This year will mark the tenth anniversary of Source. 153 students in total submitted their abstracts and presentations this year. Every student who submits their work is expected to present their projects either in a group or on their own. Following the event, there will be a ceremony in which each person will receive a certificate commemorating their participation and dedication to the program. This year’s guest speaker will be Dr. Stuart Firestein of Columbia University.  Some of the more popular areas that work were submitted included fine arts and physician assistant studies. Source will be held this year on April 26th between 10 and 4PM. There are so many creative projects being presented that no matter what your area of interest is, you’ll find one you like. If there’s one thing for certain, the ingenuity and creativity of these students is bound to create new innovations that generations will utilize in the future.

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