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Gautham Nair Named Top 300 Scholar

FEBRUARY 7, 2020 – The Society for Science & the Public has announced Gautham Nair, Shakopee High School student, has been named a top 300 A Portrait Photo of Gautham Nair scholar in the 79th Regeneron Science Talent Search; the nation’s oldest and most prestigious science and mathematics competition for high school seniors. 


His project, “Understanding the Effects of Disinhibition: Analyzing the Impact of Synaptic Disinhibition on Neural Activities and Patterns", seeks to better characterize how activity in the brain is affected when under the influence of certain drugs, which will allow medical professionals to develop more targeted and effective treatment solutions for patients.


“I am honored and deeply humbled by this recognition,” said Nair. “My research over the last two years has challenged me in ways I could never have anticipated, and I aspire for a future career working as a physician-scientist, practicing medicine and engaging in research where I hope to help people improve our understanding of neuroscience, addiction, and the development of new treatment solutions.”


Nair will receive $2,000, and Shakopee High School will also receive $2,000 to use toward STEM-related activities.