“Synthesis of IAPP (12-18) Peptide Analogs for Aggregation Studies,”

Touro College of Pharmacy Student Takes Second Place in Biochemistry Competition At Statewide CSTEP Conference

May 17, 2013
Mohamad Saleh, third from left, with his poster presentation that took second place at the 21st Annual Statewide CSTEP Conference.  \n\n

Mohamad Saleh, a student at Touro College of Pharmacy, recently took second place for a poster presentation in biochemistry at the 21st Annual Statewide CSTEP Conference held at Sagamore on the Lake in Bolton Landing, New York. 

Mr. Saleh’s research, titled “Synthesis of IAPP (12-18) Peptide Analogs for Aggregation Studies,” focused on development of a substance that could block clustering of “amyloid,” a protein released from the pancreas that is believed to contribute to diabetes. A total of 117 posters from 33 colleges and universities were submitted, seven of which were in biochemistry. Mr. Saleh began his research while an undergraduate student at York College (CUNY) and was able to continue at Touro College of Pharmacy through the school’s CSTEP program under the direction of CSTEP Program Director and Associate Professor Deborah Williams, M.D., Ph.D. and his former chemistry professor at York, Assistant Professor Adam Profit. The CSTEP program (Collegiate Science and Technology Entry Program) is funded by the New York State Department of Education and is designed to increase the number of minority and economically disadvantaged students who pursue careers in pharmacy or other health or science-related fields.