Professor Takemaru Honored for Mentoring Winning Siemens Competition Team


Associate Professor Ken-Ichi Takemaru (far left) and SBU alum Michael Lake (far right) with with 2017 Siemens Competition grand prize winners.

A special reception was held on January 8 for the three grand prize-winning students from Half Hollow Hills High School who won the prestigious 2017 Siemens Competition — the nation’s premier competition in math, science and technology for high school students. Arooba Ahmed, Jiachen Lee and Jillian Parker were honored by the Board of Education along with their mentor, Associate Professor Ken-Ichi Takemaru from Stony Brook University’s Department of Pharmacological Sciences. Also honored was Stony Brook University alum Michael Lake, who is Research Director for Half Hollow Hills School District.

In December 2017, the SBU-mentored team was awarded a $100,000 Siemens scholarship for discovering that a specific protein not previously recognized in cell division plays a crucial role in the process and could be used to reduce the effects of degenerative diseases.

For more information, read SBU-mentored High School Students Take Top Prizes in Siemens Competition

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