STUDENTS & SCIENTISTS BREAST CANCER/ ENVIRONMENT RESEARCH PROGRAM

One of the programs that we are proud to present and founded in 2005 is our Students & Scientists Breast Cancer / Environment Research Program. We have sponsored over 65 high school students from Nassau County at 10 different labs that we have partnered with in the Northeast. The focus of their research is environmental links to breast cancer and breast cancer prevention, while they also learn to work with sophisticated equipment in a state of the art laboratory.

  1. Raymond Lin – 2019 | Presentation 2019
  2. Timothy Liu 2019
  3. Seungju Park 2019  Presentation 2019
  4. Rebecca Lo 2019 |  Presentation 2019
  5. Seher Saleem 2019
  6. Isobelle Lim 2018
  7. Amanda Shirazi 2018
  8. Ethan Abizadeh 2018
  9. Raymond Lin – 2018
  10. Amrita Shah – 2017
  11. Zainab Mian – 2017
  12. Sayo Ogunleye – 2017
  13. Ophir Sabah – 2017
  14. Haley Klein – 2017
  15. Aaron Abizadeh – 2017
  16. Mahnoor Ali – 2017
  17. Isabelle Sarraf – 2017
  18. Noah Ahmed – 2017
  19. Stacy Okin – 2016
  20. Kayla Lieb – 2016
  21. Adrian-James Gevero – 2016
  22. Elan Itschakov – 2016
  23. Dorothy Liu – 2016
  24. Mohammad Samroz – 2016
  25. Sayo Ogunleye – 2016
  26. Selena Thomas – 2015
  27. Kiana Kerr – 2015
  28. Shaheer Khan – 2015
  29. Jasmine Wong – 2015
  30. Sidney Saint-Hilaire – 2015
  31. Michael Shen – 2015
  32. Sunny Shi – 2015
  33. Ailin Elyasi – 2015
  34. Isabelle Sehati – 2015
  35. Jacob Rigos – 2014
  36. Robin Shum – 2014
  37. Michael Shen – 2014
  38. Sunny Shi – 2014
  39. Nicole Lalezarzadeh – 2014
  40. Sandra Glotzer – 2014
  41. Andreas Pavlou – 2014
  42. Kaeli Groenert – 2013
  43. Christine Lee – 2013
  44. Sammy Hijazi – 2013
  45. Justin Baroukhian – 2013
  46. Lawrence Lin – 2013
  47. Prasanth Kurup – 2013
  48. Ashtyn Greenstein – 2012
  49. Elena Katan – 2012
  50. Katherine Lee – 2012
  51. Sylvie Rubin-Budick– 2012
  52. Lawrence Lin – 2012
  53. Prasanth Kurup– 2012
  54. John Yang – 2012
  55. Sean Liu – 2012
  56. Rick Mathews – 2012
  57. Yonatan David – 2011
  58. Catherine Wang – 2011
  59. Vita Jaspan – 2011
  60. John Yang – 2011
  61. Eugene Park – 2010
  62. Zoe Schacht-Levine – 2009
  63. Regina Roofeh – 2008
  64. Karolina Woroniecka – 2008
  65. Jonathan Salm – 2007
  66. Heidi Park – 2007
  67. Sofie Einbinder – 2006
  68. Monika Lalezarzadeh – 2006
  69. Karen Brachot – 2005
  70. Leah Goldman– 2005

PARTICIPATING LABS

We are grateful to be working with these prestigious participating labs:

2018: Columbia University, Mary Beth Terry, PhD, Renssalaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI), Richard Gross, PhD, University of Massachusetts/Amherst, Laura Vandenberg, Ph.D.

2017: Research facilities and Principal Investigators are: Tufts University School of Medicine, Soto/Sonnenschein Laboratory, Columbia University, Mary Beth Terry, PhD, Renssalaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI), Richard Gross, PhD, University of Massachusetts/Amherst, Laura Vandenberg, Ph.D.

2016: Research facilities and Principal Investigators are: Columbia University, Mary Beth Terry, PhD, Renssalaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI), Richard Gross, PhD, University of Massachusetts/Amherst, Laura Vandenberg, Ph.D.

2015:  Soto/Sonnenschein Laboratory at Tufts University School of Medicine, Laura Vandenberg, Ph.D Laboratory at University of Massachusetts/Amherst,  Richard Gross, Ph.D Laboratory at Rensselaer Polytech Institute (RPI)

2014: Soto/Sonnenschein Laboratory at Tufts University School of Medicine, Yong Zhu, Ph.D. Laboratory at Yale University School of Public Health, Richard Gross, Ph.D Laboratory at Rensselaer Polytech Institute

2013: Tufts University School of Medicine :Soto/Sonnenschein Laboratory, Warner Babcock Institute for Green Chemistry, NYU Polytech, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI): Dr. Richard Gross Laboratory

2012:  Tufts University School of Medicine: Soto/Sonnenschein Laboratory, Stony Brook University: Dr. Sitharaman Laboratory,Yale University School of Public Health: Dr. Yong Zu Laboratory, N.Y.U. Poly Tech:  Dr. Richard Gross Laboratory, Warner Babcock Institute for Green Chemistry

2011:  Tufts University School of Medicine: Soto/Sonnenschein Laboratory, Stony Brook University: Dr. Sitharaman Laboratory, Fox Chase Cancer Center: Dr. Jose and Irma Russo Laboratory, Silent Spring Institute

2010:  Tufts University School of Medicine: Soto/Sonnenschein Laboratory

2009:  Silent Spring Institute

2008:  Tufts University School of Medicine: Soto/Sonnenschein Laboratory

2007:  Tufts University School of Medicine: Soto/Sonnenschein Laboratory

2006: Tufts University School of Medicine: Soto /Sonnenschein Laboratory

2005:  Tufts University School of Medicine: Soto/Sonnenschein Laboratory

FALL 2019

GNBCC President, Laura Weinberg, and Vice President, Lisa Levine attended the federally-funded, Breast Cancer & Environment Research Program Conference in Atlanta, Georgia in November 2019. Dozens of national researchers presented their findings on toxins linked with breast cancer such as: Oxybenzone found in sunscreen, PBDE flame retardants found in furniture upholstery, PFAs found in non-stick cookware, lining of pizza boxes, microwave popcorn bags, dental floss, BPA/BPS found in food can lining, plastic #7 and thermal cash receipts, Cadmium, found in costume jewelry, PAHs found in automobile exhaust, charbroiled foods. Exposure to these toxins during Windows of Susceptbility (WOS) increase the risk of breast cancer: Pre-natal, Puberty, and onset of Menopause WOS. Our two sponsored research students, Raymond Lin and Timothy Liu, joined us as they received the honor of presenting posters of their summer research at the conference. Congratulations to our student, Raymond Lin, who was awarded the Conference’s ‘Best Emerging Scholar Poster’!!

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SUMMER 2019

Great Neck Breast Cancer Coalition
Students & Scientists Breast Cancer/Environment Research Program, Summer 2019 

Moderators:  Laura Weinberg, President, Lisa Levine, Vice President

Student Presentations:

  • Seungju Park, Rebecca Lo: Explored the effect of Benzyl butyl phthalate (BBP) exposure on the mouse mammary gland. Laura Vandenberg Laboratory at UMASS/Amherst
  • Timothy Liu:  Assisted in developing a safer polymer to be used for soft tissue engineering for the reconstruction of breast tissue after mastectomy. Richard Gross Laboratory at RPI
  • Seher Saleem: Focused on chemicals found in cosmetics and cleaning products which may increase breast cancer risk among a cohort of women and their daughters.  Seher also assisted in creating an educational video for the daughters of the cohort about different types of ingredients found in consumer products and their impact on health. Mary Beth Terry Research Center at Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health
  • Raymond Lin: Developed non-toxic food packaging which eliminates toxins linked to breast cancer. Richard Gross Laboratory at RPI
  • Karen Glaser: Guest Alumni Student Speaker & GNBCC Board Member. Soto/Sonnenschein Laboratory at Tufts University School of Medicine, Summer 2005

Karen Glaser (left) Our first student from 2005 at the Soto/Sonneschein Lab at Tufts University School of Medicine discussed what the research program meant to her.

Rebecca Lo and Stella Park (right)

2019 students receive citations from NYS Senator Anna Kaplan, Nassau County Legislator Ellen Birnbaum, Town of North Hempstead Councilwoman Veronica Lurvey. The students also received citations from NYS Assemblyman Anthony D’Urso.

Students pictured are Rebecca Lo, Stella Park, Timothy Liu, Seher Saleem and Raymond Lin.


GNBCC travels with high school students to the Breast Cancer Environment Research Program Conference (BCERP) in Monrovia, California (left to right) Amrita Shah, Sayo Ogunleye, Lisa Levine, Laura Weinberg, Zainab Mian


Lisa Levine and Laura Weinberg display a poster at the conference on GNBCC’s Students and Scientists Breast Cancer/Environment Research Program


Sayo Ogunleye displays a poster on the benefits of Vitamin D


Zainab Mian, Amrita Shah (GNBCC), Subhana Zafar (of HBCAC) proudly present posters of their summer research as Karen Miller (HBCAC) and Laura Weinberg join them


Zainab Mian, Amrita Shah at their poster on Mammary Gland and Disease with their research mentor, Laura Vandenberg, Ph.D of the University of Massachusetts/Amherst.



GNBCC Launches its 2017 Students & Scientists Breast Cancer/Environment Research Program, in its 13th year!: Nine students from three high schools researching at four Northeastern research facilities:

  • Dr. Mary Beth Terry at Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health
  • Soto/Sonnenschein Lab at Tufts University School of Medicine
  • Dr. Laura Vandenberg at University of Massachussets/Amherst
  • Dr. Richard Gross at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI).

Congrats to our 2017 student research trainees!

  • Amrita Shah, Zainab Mian,Noah Ahmed, Sayo Ogunleye, Mahnoor Ali
    (Sewanhaka H.S.)
  • Haley Klein, Ophir Sabah, Aaron Abizadeh
    (North Shore Hebrew Academy High School)
  • Isabelle Saraf (Great Neck North High School)

Congratulations to GNBCC’s 2015 summer student research trainees!

(left to right, top row): Shaheer Kahan, Sydney Saint-Hillaire, Selena Thomas (Sewanhaka H.S.) Sunny Shi, Michael Shen (Great Neck South H.S.)

(left to right, bottom row): Kiana Kerr (Sewanhaka H.S.), Ailin Elyasi, Isabelle Sehati, Jasmine Wong (Great Neck North H.S.)

Shaheer, Sydney, Sunny, Jasmine and Michael are currently researching at Rensselaer Poly Tech Institute, Green Chemistry laboratory of Dr. Richard Gross

Kiana and Selena are researching at Dr. Laura Vandenberg’s laboratory at UMASS/Amherst

Isabelle and Ailin are researching at the Soto/Sonneschein Laboratory at Tufts University School of Medicine


Congrats to GNBCC’s 2014 Students!

Sunny Shi, Michael Shen, Robin Shum: Rensselaer PolyTech Institute, Richard Gross, Ph.D Laboratory Andreas Pavlou, Jacob Rigos: Yale University School of Public Health, Yong Zhu, Ph.D Laboratory Nicole Lalezarzadeh, Sandra Glotzer: Tufts University School of Medicine, Soto/Sonnenschein Laboratory

(top row, left to right): Sunny Shi, Michael Shen, Andreas Pavlou, Jacob Rigos.
(bottom row): Laura Weinberg,GNBCC, Robin Shum, Nicole Lalezarzadeh, Sandra Glotzer, and Lisa Levine, GNBCC

Summer 2014 student research trainees at the Soto/Sonnenschein Laboratory: Nicole Lalezarzadeh and Sandra Glotzer present on breast cancer and the Environment.

(left to right): Ana Soto, M.D., Cheryl Shaeberle, Sandra Glotzer, Nicole Lalezarzadeh, Carolos Sonnenschein, M.D., Laura Weinberg, GNBCC


Students Attend Health Conference

Breast Cancer prevention was the goal when the Great Neck Breast Cancer Coalition (GNBCC) created its Students & Scientists Breast Cancer/Environment Research Program nine years ago. Local high school students researching at laboratories addressing breast cancer causation and environmental links to breast cancer.
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