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Cortlandt Teen Receives $10,000 For Cancer Research Project

Clifford Solloway earned a $10,000 Davidson Fellows Scholarship for his cancer-research project.
Clifford Solloway earned a $10,000 Davidson Fellows Scholarship for his cancer-research project. Photo Credit: Contributed

CORTLANDT MANOR, N. Y. -- Clifford Soloway of Cortlandt Manor is one of only 20 students across the nation named to the Davidson Fellows Scholarship program for his research into the affect of lysine succinylation on cancer cells, officials announced.

Soloway, a graduate of Walter Panas High School, was awarded a $10,000 scholarship for his work. He plans to attend Tulane University to study cellular biology and political economy.

His project, named Reprogramming of Metabolism in Cancer Cells Through Lysine Succinylation, looked at how cancer cells function differently after the protein modification process of lysine succinylation. Fellows can earn $50,000, $25,000 and $10,000 scholarships for their work.

"Through encouragement and recognition, the Davidson Institute for Talent Development anticipates that gifted students like these will be among the pioneers who will solve the world’s most vexing problems,” said Bob Davidson, founder of the Davidson Institute. "Every year I am amazed at the Fellows' accomplishments."

In addition to his interest in science, Soloway pursues other passions as well. He's played the saxaphone since fourth-grade and played baseball on his school's varsity team.

“Scientific achievement is primarily an opportunity to have a positive impact on the world," Soloway said. "Therefore, I hope that this recognition may motivate me to continue pursuing innovation that will be able to improve lives in some way.”

The 2016 Davidson Fellows will be honored at a reception in Washington, D.C., on Sept. 21.

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