Indrani Das, a senior at Bergen County Academies won the $250,000 top prize at the Regeneron Science Talent Competition, the oldest and most prestigious high school science competition in the country.
Indrani’s award-winning project essentially “remediates” supporting brain cells that lose their functionality and become toxic in brain injury and disease.
“I became interested in brain injury and disease in my freshman year, when I learned that these conditions are both poorly understood and largely untreatable,” Indrani said.
“I decided to focus on the common framework of numerous conditions like ALS, stroke, traumatic brain injury, etc: the ‘impairment’ of crucial supporting brain cells,” she said.
Seven other Bergen Academies seniors won honors in the Regeneron competition:
Jacy Fang from the Academy of Medical Science Technology, was selected as a finalist; and Enoch Jiang, from the Academy of Business and Finance; Jiwoo Lee, Christina Ping, and Varun Subramanian, from the Academy of Medical Science Technology; and Andrew Kevin Fong and Sabrina Josefina Gjerswold-Selleck, from the Academy for the Advancement of Science and Technology were selected as national scholars (semi-finalists).