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CSHL PFF student named Regeneron scholar

Photo of Regeneron Scholar Griffin Hon
Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Partners for the Future student Griffin Hon, pictured here in the Beyaz lab, has been named a Regeneron scholar by the Society for Science. Hon and his school, Syosset High School on Long Island, each received a $2,000 prize.
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Each year, some 2,000 students around the country enter the Regeneron Science Talent Search. And each year, just a few hundred of these high school seniors are named a top 300 scholar. These teenagers represent the future of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Once again, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory (CSHL) is represented within their ranks.

“It’s a tremendous honor,” says Griffin Hon, the latest Regeneron scholar from CSHL’s Partners for the Future (PFF) program. Hon has been studying inflammatory bowel disease alongside CSHL Assistant Professor Semir Beyaz. “The whole lab has been unconditionally helping me. I’m very happy all the work we put in has paid off and is being recognized.”

Photo of Griffin Hon with Semir Beyaz and Vyom Shah
Hon with his mentors CSHL Assistant Professor Semir Beyaz (left) and Beyaz lab intern Vyom Shah (right), a former Regeneron scholar and PFF student. “Griffin is a stellar student,” says Shah. “After working closely with him, it’s clear that he has a bright future in science.”

Hon’s studies focused on two chemicals, Arachidonic acid, found in meats and eggs, and Prostaglandin E2, which comes from fruits and herbs. Using a state-of-the-art technique called single-cell sequencing, Hon analyzed how these molecules help boost stem cells in the intestine. He hopes his findings will help improve dietary guidelines and regenerative medicine.

“You are what you eat,” says Hon. “Your cells replace themselves every few years. Every single atom comes from food you’ve eaten. So, if we change the composition of what we’re eating, maybe we can change our health as well.”

“Making a scientific discovery is a process filled with failures,” notes Beyaz. “Griffin is a very talented student who was able to learn from failures without losing his enthusiasm for science. I’m proud of him!”

Written by: Luis Sandoval, Communications Specialist | | 516-367-6826

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