Catholic Transcript Magazine of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Hartford Connecticut

Sunday, February 18, 2018

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HAMDEN – Sacred Heart Academy students in the honors biotechnology classes presented two scientific posters to high school and college science faculty members at the National Science Teachers Association Convention in Boston recently.

From left are Margaret Mirabella, ’15, of Northford; Alexzandrea Buscarello, ’14, of Wolcott; Ally Zoarski, ’15, of Guilford; Gabrielle Hummel, ’15, of Wallingford; Siobhan Fennell, ’14, of East Haven; Bryanna Dellaripa, ’14, of Wallingford; Alexis Bernstein, ’14, of North Haven; Kristina D’Agostino, ’14, of Hamden; Maria Beecher, ’14, of Milford; Katherine Donohue, ’15, of Hamden; and Emily Smith, ’14, of Middletown.

Students in the honors biotechnology research project shared their gene-sequencing research data and defended their projects at the convention at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center.

In June, the Sacred Heart Academy students are scheduled to travel to Harvard Medical School to present their research at the Systems Biology and Human Disease Conference.

Sister Mary Jane Paolella, a member of the Apostles of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the project’s instructor, said that by June, the latest work will have been added to the 24 DNA sequences already published by Sacred Heart Academy students in a federal database.

Over the years, Sacred Heart’s Science Department, and particularly the cutting-edge biotechnology program, has received significant attention from both national and local news media as a testament to the importance of the work being done there.