City College stars again at CSTEP Conference

April 13, 2017 | City College

CCNY’s triumphant CSTEP team. From left: Olufemi Adeonigbagbe, Brandon Latorre, Rahma Awad, Svetlana Markova and Emmanuel Dwomoh.

Biology major Emmanuel Dwomoh’s Distinguished Award for first place in the material/computer science category highlighted The City College of New York’s continued dominance at the Collegiate Science and Technology EntryProgram conference in upstate Bolton Landing.

Mentored by Eduardo Nicolau and Jonathan Levitt, Dwomoh’s presentation was entitled: “Synthesis and characterization of Polycaprolactone (pcl) membranes as scaffolds for bone tissue regeneration.”  The senior was one of three City College student winners at the 25th annual CSTEP Conference at The Sagamore Resort on Lake George.  They competed in five categories.

The other two first prize winners and their presentations were:

  • Senior Rahma Awad (mentor John Martin), biology group 2, “Is JAK/STAT signaling pathway necessary and sufficient for CST axonal sprouting?”;
  • Junior Svetlana Markova (mentor Guang Li), oral presentation, medicine, “4DMRI and Respiratory Motion Assessment for Radiotherapy Planning”

Olufemi Adeonigbagbe and Brandon Latorre, biology majors mentored by Michelle Juarez and David Lohman, respectively, were the other participants from the City College Academy for Professional Preparation.  Adeonigbagbe’s topic was:  “Nicotine and wound response regulation in the Drosophila melanogaster.” Latorre spoke on: “Phylogeographic mosaic of Wolbachia infection in Melanitis leda butterfly populations.”

CCNY also had three first place winners at the 2016 conference and five in 2015.

CSTEP is a New York Statewide initiative aimed at increasing the number of historically underrepresented and economically disadvantaged students pursuing careers leading to professional licensure or professions in mathematics, science, technology and health-related fields.  Although the student conference is celebrating its 25th year, this is the 30th anniversary of the program.

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