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A Colorado student’s research could one day be key in understanding a rare disease — it also earned her $150,000

Isani Singh’s award-winning findings helped demystify Turner syndrome

Alex Scoville
The Denver Post
photo -Isani Singh named as a finalist in the Regeneron Science Talent Search.

Isani Singh named as a finalist in the Regeneron Science Talent Search.

Cherry Creek High School senior Isani Singh placed third out of 40 finalists in the national Regeneron Science Talent Search contest for her research on the genetic disorder Turner syndrome.

Singh's award-winning research identified the genes affected by Turner syndrome, a significant jump forward in our understanding of the rare disease.

"Isani's research on Turner Syndrome could one day aid in earlier diagnosis and better preparation for doctors and patients," Dr. Sudarshan Chawathe, chair of the judging panel for the Regeneron Science Talent Search 2018, said in a statement. "We applaud her commitment to scientific inquiry and rigorous research on a medical condition about which we still have much to learn."

Singh received $150,000 in prize money at the black-tie gala award ceremony March 13. Second-place winner Natalia Dmitrievna hails from Chadds Ford, Pa., and studied the effects of vaping on lung cells, earning her $175,000. New Yorker Benjamin Jacob Firester took home first place and $250,000 for his development of a mathematical model that can predict how weather influences the spread of the type of fungus that caused the Irish potato famine. The teenagers can use the money in any way they choose.

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