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Samir Zaidi, Hackley School, Tarrytown, NY

National Winner $40,000 scholarship

Middle States Region Silver Medal Winner

“A Novel Action of Follicle Stimulating Hormone (FSH) on Bone Explains the Genesis of Post Menopausal Osteoporosis”

Samir Zaidi’s research could lead to new measures to help prevent post-menopausal osteoporosis. Results from his project have shown that elevated follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH) levels contribute to post-menopausal osteoporosis. Previously, such bone loss has solely been attributed to failing ovaries and reduced estrogen levels. Mr. Zaidi’s study found that blocking the action of FSH on the osteoclast, the cell that resorbs bone, might provide a means by which osteoporosis and its associated fractures can be prevented. His grandmother, who suffers from osteoporosis, inspired him to pursue this area of research. His mentor was Dr. Li Sun, Assistant Professor of Medicine at Mount Sinai Medical Center.


Fluent in French and Hindi, Mr. Zaidi, a senior, is on the Community Council at Hackley School. He is also the senior class president. His hobbies include tennis and squash. An accomplished violinist, Mr. Zaidi is first violinist of the Hackley String Orchestra. He plans to study molecular research in college.

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