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.

Upcoming Dates & Deadlines

  1. 13Dec2017 NYCSEF Project Application Due Date
  2. 04Mar2018 NYCSEF Preliminary Round @ The City College of New York.
  3. 20Mar2018 NYCSEF Finals Round @ The American Museum of Natural History
  4. 26Mar2018 NYCSEF Awards Ceremony @ The Tribeca Performing Arts Center, Borough of Manhattan Community College
  5. 13May2018 International Science & Engineering Fair Week May, 13-18 in Pittsburgh, PA

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