We participate in the ARISE (Applied Research Innovations in Science and Engineering) outreach program, which was developed by the Center for K12 STEM Education in conjunction with NYU’s Tandon School of Engineering. This program gives New York City high school students opportunities to perform research in NYU labs, focusing on underrepresented groups, including girls in science, and funded in part by the Pinkerton Foundation. About 40 laboratories participate in the program from Departments of Biology and Anthropology in the NYU College of Arts and Science, and NYU Tandon School of Engineering.


Sonia Epstein (ARISE student 2015) on gene regulation and looking at fruit flies: “The first thing you’ll notice are the wings. Carefully carved and iridescent. They’ll be a different shape based on which gene is present. The eyes, prominent atop the helmet-like head, are reflective and cross-hatched like miniature car lights. Some eyes are bright red, some are pink, some are white. Some are full and round, some crescent shaped, some compressed to thin ellipses. It all depends on which gene is present. The legs extend delicately from three of the fly’s 14 segmented portions. The creation of these segments, the differentiation of the cells in the legs – all controlled by genes. All of these genes have to be switched on and off in the correct cells at the correct times for the wings, the eyes, the hair, and legs to be created. For a tiny fly to be created. That’s what gene regulation is. Now imagine it in humans.”

ARISE Students (present to past)

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