NYCSEF 2013 & ISEF 2013
attended Stuyvesant High School
Chicago, Illinois, USA
Aminah’s project focused on using bioinformatic and wetlab techniques (through the use of the zebrafish model organism), Aminah identified a novel pathway governing heart development in the 22q11.2 deletion syndrome.
The University of Chicago
Harvard Medical School
How did NYCSEF impact your trajectory?
NYCSEF was an extremely inspiring event, and my performance served to reassure my interest and passion for genetics. After my experiences, I was able to continue research in genetics at both Harvard Medical School and the University of Chicago.
Do you have any advice for participants?
Be confident, speak up, and let your passion for your project shine through whenever you talk about it. Your goal is always to make everyone as interested in your work as you are!
What advice would you give high school students wanting to work in a lab?
Go for it! I emailed a million labs before I finally got an answer. It was one of the few things in high school I will never regret doing.
Who was your most influential teacher? why?
I had a genetics teacher in high school who was completely insane, but really pushed me to be the best I could be. She was one of the few teachers at my school who really put her heart and soul into her profession.
What makes you unique?
I am one of few women of color in STEM.