Gwen Clair brought the world of pediatric oncology research to the classrooms of Shepaug Valley High School last week.

The Washington resident and Shepaug senior hosted Dr. Paul Jubinsky, MD, PhD of Pediatric Neuro-Oncology at Yale University School of Medicine as he ventured to Washington "in hopes of spreading the word of his research," according to Gwen.

His visit and talks to Shepaug science classes were among the first steps in her ambitious senior project.

"My goal is to become a physician's assistant after college," she said. "I will shadow the doctor at Yale New Haven on the pediatric oncology ward and then begin to fund raise for his therapies."

Gwen explained that Dr. Jubinsky has done a considerable amount of research on hematopoietic growth factors and their effects on cell growth in differentiation.

"His specific aim is to develop new therapies for pediatric cancers with low cure rates including treatments for patients with recurrent disease," she said. "He is currently evaluating a molecule that he designed to attack tumor cells by a novel mechanism."

Gwen said she will be fundraising throughout the school year, culminating in March with a benefit basketball game at Shepaug Valley High School pitting Berkshire League players against the Harlem Wizards.