Neha Ray is a student in the Liberal Arts Academy at Henry Clay High School in Lexington, KY. She spent her summer conducting research on hydroxylated polychlorinated biphenyls (OH-PCBs) under the guidance of Dr. Sylvia Daunert at the University of Kentucky. She helped build a miniaturized hydrogel containing the regulatory protein HbpR, which is able to bind to OH-PCBs. Neha took advantage of the experience she gained while helping develop a glucose biosensor based on a similar strategy.
Though still a high school student, Neha is very active around her community. She is an officer of the Lexington Mayor's Youth Council, as well as a member of her school's Student Council, Beta Club, Go Green Club, and other groups. She plans to pursue a career in science and hopes that her research will help her gain knowledge and experience. She plans to pursue a career in science and Neha's goals for her future include using her research at science fairs, making plans for and attending college, and eventually being able to use what she has learned in a career.