The Journal of Magnetic Resonance Imaging Publishes Hreedi Dev ’20’s Research

As a part of her three-year Independent Science Research (ISR) at Spence, Hreedi Dev ’20, collaborated with Dr. Martin Prince at Weill Cornell Medicine to explore “Renal Blood Flow, Hemorrhagic Cysts, and Other MR Biomarkers for Predicting Renal Function Decline in Autosomal Dominant Polycystic Kidney Disease.”
Now, a freshman year at Columbia University, she shares the exciting news with her adviser Sara Beasley that: “The research that I was focusing on for over two years has been published into the Journal of Magnetic Resonance Imaging (JMRI) ( This has been a goal that I wanted to achieve when I first got into ISR.”
Hreedi’s research focused on identifying bio-markers, or early symptoms of Autosomal Dominant Polycystic Kidney Disease (ADPKD), to aid healthcare practitioners in diagnosing and predicting the progression of ADPKD. The biomarkers explored included renal blood flow, the presence and number of hemorrhagic renal cysts and other symptoms observed through MRI scans. The results of their work will help medical practitioners to assess the prognosis of ADPKD patients with greater accuracy. 
She shares that her first research paper is “just the beginning of a long way, but I hope to continue to make contributions to the field of medical science,” Hreedi shared with her adviser. “I’m continuing to do some more interesting research, including one with COVID-19, with my Weill Cornell lab.”
Congratulations to Hreedi for publishing her first science research paper; we are so very proud of your passion for advancing medical research.
Read more about the Class of 2020’s ISR projects here.
Independent Science Research (ISR) is a unique opportunity for students to delve deeply into an aspect of science that interests them. Through this three-year elective, students perform actual research and participate in the greater scientific community, working alongside researchers in a laboratory setting. In this experience, students take the lead. In the first year of the program, they work through the challenging process of identifying and securing a mentor with the support and guidance of their teacher. Students spend the next two years conducting original research whereby they will create testable hypotheses, perform experiments, analyze the results and provide conclusions from their work. The students’ success is measured by their passion for their work, their initiative to take on a project independently and their commitment to see a task through to its completion. Many students have had the opportunity to co-author published research with their mentors and used this experience as a launching point for careers in science, medicine and engineering.