1/16/2013 2:03:00 PM Jesuit High School student raises standards with medical research
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Jesuit High School
9000 SW Beaverton-Hillsdale Hwy. Portland, OR 97225 Tel: (503) 292-2663 Email: [email protected] Website: www.jesuitportland.org Grades: 9-12 Enrollment: 1270 Tuition for 2012-13: $11,525 Financial Aid Available Applications for 9th grade due: Friday, January 18, 2012 Weekly Mass regularly attended by the majority of our student body; College Prep Courses (including four levels of Mathematics above Calculus); Vibrant Christian Service and Campus Ministry Programs; 22 Varsity Sports and 57 Athletic Teams Overall; Electives such as Computer Science, Journalism, Creative Writing, International Studies, Photography, Physiology, and Speech & Debate; Many Academic Clubs and Activities; Winner of The Oregonian Cup for the ninth time (eighth in the row) in the past 13 years for overall excellence in academics, co-curricular activities, athletics and sportsmanship (OSAA 6A division). Open House: Sunday, November 3, 2013, 1:00-4:00 pm
Last fall, Jesuit sophomore Divya Sridharan was invited by the Oregon Bioscience Association Conference at Marylhurst University to present her research: “Effect of Maternal Pre-Pregnancy Body Mass Index on Carboxylesterase Activity in the Placenta.”
Divya’s project investigates how various pharmaceutical drugs affect the placenta. Physicians designate drugs as either “active” or “inactive.” A drug that passes through the body in inactive form does not have an effect on the placenta, but an active drug could conceivably cause birth defects. The enzyme responsible for transforming a drug from active to inactive is called CES. Divya analyzed how obesity affects the amount of CES in the body and the potential impact an unborn child.
The Oregon Translational Research and Development Institute invited 11 Portland-area students to present their scientific research to industry specialists. Student presentations were judged by a panel of three judges, including OTRADI director Jennifer Fox, Rich Wykoff, Intel’s former general manager, and Bill Dieter, founder of Terrazign, Inc.
In today’s tough economy, opportunities such as this conference offer students invaluable exposure to professionals in the science and health fields. Says Fox: “We want to encourage Oregon’s youth to explore career opportunities in an industry that fuels innovation and creates sustainable, high-wage jobs.”
Sridharan developed an interest in her topic as an intern at OHSU in pharmacokinetics, the study of how drugs are absorbed and distributed in the body. After her impressive performance at the conference, Sridharan plans to keep on researching: “I will be working in the same department at OHSU this year. I hope that my research helps doctors prescribe medications to pregnant women to keep them and their babies safe,” explains Sridharan.
Clearly, Divya Sridharan is not only using her intellect to “raise standards,” but also helping moms and dads to raise healthy babies.