Congratulations to University School of Milwaukee senior Nabeel Quryshi, who was among 101 high school students—and the only one from the state of Wisconsin—named regional finalists in this year’s prestigious Siemens Competition in Math, Science, and Technology. He was selected from more than 18,60 students nation-wide who submitted innovative research projects for the annual competition.
Quryshi researched the damaging vascular effects caused by cardiovascular disease and chemotherapy in an attempt to find a solution that would preserve vascular and cellular function. “Although chemotherapeutics can be great at targeting cancer, they adversely attack the cardiovascular system, creating damage similar to what is experienced during cardiovascular disease,” said Quryshi. He though there was a need for a mechanism that would combat the effects of both problems.
Quryshi partnered with professors in the Cardiovascular Center at the Medical College of Wisconsin to conduct the research over his time in high school. “As cardiovascular diseases constitute the leading cause of mortality worldwide, I wanted to contribute to the biomedical community by exploring therapeutics mechanisms.” He hopes to continue the research in the future.
“I am deeply humbled and grateful for the opportunity to work alongside such great mentors,” he said. “It has been an inspirational experience and allowed me to see the world of science at the cutting edge.”
In addition to being named Siemens regional finalist, his project won the prestigious First Place Grand Award in Biomedical and Health Sciences at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair in Los Angeles in May 2017.
Quryshi didn’t mind spending countless hours working in the laboratory. “Science is my passion and I believe it has the power to enact change on a global scale, and permits us to better understand the world around us,” he said.