Central Senior Advances in Siemens Competition

Central High School senior Katie Mazalkova has advanced to the national finals of the 2014 Siemens Competition in Math, Science and Technology.

Mazalkova and her research partner, Jericho High School student William Crugnola, worked on a research project titled “Aortic derived mesenchymal stem cells: A novel treatment for atherosclerosis cessation.” At Molloy College laboratories, Mazalkova studied the immune response of macrophage cells that causes plaque buildup and can ultimately contribute to the development of heart disease. Understanding the interaction between this response and a specific line of stem cells found in the heart can be used to discover new ways to treat and cure atherosclerosis.

Mazalkova and Crugnola recently presented their research to leading scientists at Carnegie Mellon University as part of the competition, and won in the team category. They were awarded a $4,000 scholarship.

They will now move on to compete in the national competition at The George Washington University in Washington, D.C.  The district and Central High School administration congratulate Mazalkova and wish her success in the national competition.