Local science teacher is supported with a fellowship to learn from leading researcher

MANHASSET, NY – Jason Econome, a Stuyvesant High School science teacher and resident of Garden City, NY, spent the summer at The Feinstein Institute for Medical Research with a globally-renowned lupus scientist, Betty Diamond, MD. His time was supported by The American Physiological Society’s (APS) 2018 Frontiers in Physiology Research Community Leaders Professional Development Fellowship program.

“A great way to inspire and nurture the next generation of research scientists is to get their teachers who interact with them every day excited about research as well,” said Dr. Diamond who is also an APS member. “I was happy to take part in this fellowship program and to provide Jason with a biomedical laboratory experience which he can bring back to the classroom.”

Under the Frontiers in Physiology Program, eight high school teachers from across the country were selected to be part of a seven to eight week summer program where they were paired with an ASP member who is a researcher in physiology. By spending the summer learning research techniques and following the scientific process from start to finish, the teachers gain a greater understanding of science, which they can pass off to their students during the school year.

As a member of Dr. Diamond’s lab, Mr. Econome worked on a project examining the impact of lupus risk genes on different cell types. Dr. Diamond’s lab members are leaders in understanding the biology of lupus in order to develop new and improve therapies.

“I was honored to be mentored by Dr. Diamond and contribute to her lab’s work to better understand the biological mechanisms of lupus,” said Mr. Econome. “I plan to take this experience back to my students and show them how interesting and meaningful science and research are.”

About the Feinstein Institute

The Feinstein Institute for Medical Research is the research arm of Northwell Health, the largest healthcare provider in New York. Home to 50 research laboratories and to clinical research throughout dozens of hospitals and outpatient facilities, the Feinstein Institute includes 4,000 researchers and staff who are making breakthroughs in molecular medicine, genetics, oncology, brain research, mental health, autoimmunity, and bioelectronic medicine – a new field of science that has the potential to revolutionize medicine. For more information about how we empower imagination and pioneer discovery, visit FeinsteinInstitute.org.

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