SMART TEAM

Jonathan Kao | kaoj@westosha.k12.wi.us

 

SMART stands for Students Modeling a Research Topic.  In this program high school students are paired with active researchers in the fields of biochemistry or molecular biology to create a 3D model of a protein of interest.  Students from Central have worked with professors from UW-Parkside in studying a protein responsible for the assembly of mitochondrial DNA, Marquette University in studying proteins that regulate appetite and synthesize ammonia, the Medical College of Wisconsin in studying a protein that is responsible for nuclear import, as well as a project lead of Pfizer Inc studying a breast cancer drug target. In the course of working with these researchers we have toured their labs and conducted experiments.  Students in SMART read primary research papers, code a 3D model, and present their work at an annual poster session.

Previous projects can be found here: http://cbm.msoe.edu/smartTeams/smartTeamsArchive.php

SMART team students presenting last year's work