Jason Gandelman, 2010 Life Sciences Award

Written by on August 25, 2010 in 2010, Life Sciences Award, Student

Jason Gandelman

Jason Gandelman

Staples High School
Westport, Connecticut

Jason’s high school research investigated toxic compounds called Advanced Glycation End-products (AGEs), which are known to contribute to the long-term health problems associated with diabetes, a disease his family has a long history with.

Jason’s study showed that yeast has evolved mechanisms to minimize the formation of toxic AGE compounds. Attempting to identify a protein that will block the human body’s receptor sites from binding with AGEs, Jason believes his study will lead to new medications to prevent or cure blood vessel and kidney damage associated with diabetes.

Jason is president of his high school engineering team, investment club and debate team, which finished third at the Harvard National Debate Tournament. He counts stock investment as a hobby, and has served on the Westport Youth Commission for four years. A long-time volunteer, he has received recognition for his water quality work with Earthplace. He is also fluent in Mandarin Chinese.

Jason has achieved Finalist status in the Intel Science Talent Search, the Siemens Award for Advance Placement – Math and Science, 2010 Intel International Science and Engineering Fair, as well as many Connecticut State honors.

Jason aspires to continue conducting research in biological chemistry at Harvard University.

The Christopher Columbus Fellowship Foundation is honored to have had the assistance of the following distinguished individuals serving on the 2010 Life Sciences Awards Evaluation Committee:

  • Russell A. Bantham, Esquire
    McLean, VA
  • Alan Bronstein
    Chemistry Teacher
    Central High School
    Philadelphia, PA
  • Dr. Venigalla Rao
    Department of Biology
    The Catholic University of America
    Washington, D.C.
  • Dr. Phillip A. Singerman
    Senior Vice President
    B&D Consulting
    Washington, D.C.


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