LGHS Student's Research Published

Los Gatos High School Student’s Research Published in Scientific Journal
Posted on 11/30/2022
Letizia Pastore and Student

Los Gatos, November 29, 2022: The Los Gatos-Saratoga Union High School District (LGSUHSD) is proud to announce that Los Gatos High School senior Letizia Pastore’s research on lipid accumulation was selected to be published in The Journal of Emerging Investigators. With submissions from students and teachers in 20 countries throughout the world, The Journal of Emerging Investigators publishes original research in the biological and physical sciences that is written by middle and high school students. 

Letizia began her research and work with Los Gatos High School staff online while Distance Learning took place in the 2020/2021 school year. Focusing on lipid accumulation, specifically in the pancreas and its effect on Type II Diabetics, Letizia researched the use of an antioxidant to reduce lipid accumulation in a model organism. “Last year, Letizia studied whether the same antioxidant could also have an impact on the progression of Type I diabetes,” shared Cathy Messenger, Science Department Chair and Teacher at Los Gatos High School. “This year, Letizia is mentoring first and second year (research) students while carrying out her own project researching the impact of a common food additive on our gut microbiome. She truly is an emerging investigator!”

The Journal of Emerging Investigators (JEI) started in 2011 by three Harvard Medical School graduate students. With the idea that young scientists learn best when they practice science through research, publication, peer review, and reading the research of others. JEI continues to be operated by graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and professors across the US.