Local student gaining fame for Alzheimer’s research

January 28, 2014 by  

A local high school student is already making a contribution to medical science and the world at large.

In Plano, just a few miles south of Allen, Lisa Michaels is a finalist in the 2014 Intel Science Talent Search. The Plano West Senior High School student is one of 40 from across the country who was confirmed to have made it into the finals on January 22.

The 18-year-old has made a name for herself with her Alzheimer’s research, which the junior has been conducting for a couple of years. Michaels has chosen to study a specific defective mitochondrial function and its connection to Alzheimer’s. She has been interested in science since childhood and found herself pulled to neuroscience in particular. Her interests have evolved from memory, through hearing, to sleep and longevity until it brought her to Alzheimer research.

Michaels says:

“When you find that one thing you are passionate about, you should never let go. You should hold on to it like your life depends on it. For me, science is my passion.”

No stranger to awards and competitions, Michaels joined eight other Plano students earlier this year as Siemens Foundation’s national semifinalists in the math, science, and technology competition.

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