Archer’s annual STEM Symposium is an opportunity for Los Angeles high school students who have completed independent or small group projects in STEM to present their findings. Students are invited to present their research in the fields of molecular biology, chemistry, physics, and engineering.

The Archer RISE Award honors exceptional young women for their innovative scientific research or engineering design projects that further existing knowledge or develop solutions to pressing scientific challenges. Finalists for the RISE Award are noted in throughout the online program and will be awarded at lunch on May 21.

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Saturday, May 21 • 9:15am - 10:30am
Understanding The Fat Metabolism in Nematodes Through Fluorescence Imaging

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Adding functional foods like fermented chickpeas into your diet might be all you need to effectively control Type 2 diabetes and obesity. While the healthcare costs involved with diabetes and obesity are high and the drugs used to control the disease can cause health risks, foods like fermented chickpeas that serve a therapeutic function would be a much more affordable and less harmful alternative for diabetes and obesity treatment. In my experiments, I am explore the change in fat content of C. elegans mutants that serve as a model system for Type 2 diabetes and obesity after exposed to fermented chickpea extract and BODIPY dye. The use of fluorescent dye added directly onto the growth media has allowed researchers the chance to visualize the fat content in C. elegans. My project uses fluorescence microscopy to assess the effect of fermented chickpeas extract on fat accumulation in nematodes.


Yaqi Zhang

Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy
Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy; Grade 12

Saturday May 21, 2016 9:15am - 10:30am PDT
Dining Hall

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