Davidi Tawfiles is a junior at Dr. Ronald E. McNair Academic High School. He has conducted research at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai to better understand a conditional line of ddx3x syndrome, a neurodegenerative disorder that primarily affects females. He has also conducted research at New Jersey Medical School that is focused on comparing lipoarabinomannan, a component in the cell wall M. tuberculosis, which is the bacterium responsible for causing TB, and the antibody profile against TB antigens, both of which have been highlighted for their potential as a biomarker. This research is akin to the development of a more cost and time-effective urine tuberculosis assay which can be used in underdeveloped countries where TB is widespread. Davidi is currently a research intern at NYU Grossman School of Medicine where he examines the potential for anti-infectives against neglected diseases, including malaria and human African trypanosomiasis
Additionally, Davidi is the co-founder of Health Literacy Haven, an organization keen on improving health literacy in their community by providing them with educational programs and testing at local community centers to help change lifestyles.