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We would like to thank our phenomenal advisors and mentors who helped us along the way. They were patient, readily available to troubleshoot and discuss our project, and we would not have been able to accomplish nearly as much without them.

Melodie Knowlton, Ph.D

Melodie has just assumed the Chairmanship of the Science Department. Melodie earned her Ph.D. in cell and developmental biology from Harvard University and a B.S. in biology from Ohio State University.

Committing to participation in the high school division of iGEM is a big deal for a secondary school. Here is a brief statement from Melodie Knowlton, our current chair of the Science Department:

"CSW's Science Department encouraged our students to participate in iGEM because of the cross-discipline nature of the activities. The iGEM competition teaches students how to collaborate and to think critically. It challenges students and helps to deepen their understanding of the sciences. Moreover, synthetic biology provides an engineering context in which to learn molecular biology, genetic engineering and microbiology methods. It also provides a means to explore current and emerging research technologies that are hard to address in most high school science classes. High school iGEM also provides an avenue for students to build relationships with research scientists. Students collaborate with academic faculty in synthetic biology and scientists in biotech companies, extending the teaching of molecular genetic techniques into real world and authentic applications."

Howard Goldsweig, Ph.D

Howard is a medical oncologist who worked in biotech clinical research and development. As an encore career, he joined the science faculty of the Cambridge School of Weston. Howard is from New Jersey and lives in Boston with his wife and Springer Spaniel, James.