Kennedy Student is Finalist in Elite National Science Competition

Jennifer Rakhimov, a senior at John F. Kennedy High School, has been selected as one of the top finalists for the 2017 Neuroscience Research Prize on behalf of the American Academy of Neurology. Rakhimov’s project abstract, “Mitochondrial Replacement Therapy in Degenerated Retinal Pigment Epithelial Cells,” was determined to be among the 15 best from a record number of entries submitted by students throughout the United States. After her grandmother passed away while awaiting a liver transplant for the second time, Rakhimov said she became inspired to “find an alternative to organ transplants; to regenerate organs instead.” “I decided to study particularly in the ocular region because of the background knowledge I obtained at my father’s optometry business,” she said. “The eye is just one organ. Maybe I can amplify my…

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