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PFF student named Regeneron scholar

Photo of Sean Krivitsky in the Joshua-tor Lab
Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Partners for the Future student Sean Krivitsky stands next to a state-of-the-art cryo-EM in the Joshua-Tor lab. His high school research project studied how amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) affects learning and memory, as well as the ability of natural compounds found in many fruits and veggies to treat these effects.

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Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory (CSHL) Partners for the Future (PFF) student Sean Krivitsky has been recognized by one of the nation’s most prestigious high school science competitions. Each year, the Regeneron Science Talent Search awards $2,000 to each of the top 300 applicants and their schools. Krivitsky has been named a Regeneron scholar and made the competition’s semifinals.

Photo of Krivitsky with Armend Axhemi and Leah Breviner in X-Ray lab
Krivitsky with his mentors in the Joshua-Tor laboratory’s X-ray lab: postdoc Armend Axhemi (left) and graduate student Leah Braviner (right).

“Being named a Regeneron scholar is an incredible honor,” says Krivitsky, a senior at Lynbrook High School, about 35 minutes southwest of CSHL. “I am grateful to have been recognized for my potential in the STEM field, and I am glad to have confirmation that I have what it takes to pursue a career in science.”

Currently, Krivitsky works in CSHL Professor and HHMI Investigator Leemor Joshua-Tor’s laboratory as part of the PFF program. There, he investigates the structure and function of proteins that control RNA molecules. “Being a PFF student has been an incredible opportunity,” he says. “I have enjoyed getting to know incredible scientists and learning the skills I need for a future in the lab.”

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

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