National Accolades for GEI Intern

Rohan Kanchana, the Newark Charter High School student who worked with GEI’s Kevin Bloh in developing the DECODR software program, has been recognized in the 57th Class of U.S.  Presidential Scholars (one of just 161 high school students selected from across the country). He is a co-first author on our manuscript, published in the CRISPR Journal, that describes an elegant analytical tool to unravel the products of CRISPR-directed gene editing in human cells. GEI has received positive feedback from scientists throughout the world on the value of this new tool for doing that complex task.

“The 2021 Presidential Scholars represent extraordinary achievements for our times,” said U.S. Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona. “I am delighted to join President Biden in saluting these outstanding young people for their achievements, service, character and continued pursuit of excellence. Their examples make me proud and hopeful about the future. Honoring them can remind us all of the great potential in each new generation and renew our commitment to helping them achieve their dreams.”

Eric B. Kmiec PhD, GEI’s Founder and Director, noted “the only quality of Rohan that exceeds his remarkable intellect is his warm, humble and wonderful personality.  He’s just a darn nice kid.” The whole team wishes him well in his future studies at Massachusetts Institute of Technology this fall!