Eastern Ontario’s Top Biotech Teens 2014

Ottawa, ON – April 29, 2014 – 7 students squared off in this year’s Regional 2014 “Sanofi BioGENEius Challenge Canada (SBCC),” each of them presenting their biotechnology research and life-changing discoveries. Projects ranged from HIV to cancer to stem cell research.

Each of the projects highly impressed the judges from the University of Ottawa, Carleton University and NRC, and all of the students left the awards ceremony with deserving recognition for their research.

First prize was awarded to Amit Scheer, a grade 10 student at Colonel By Secondary School, who studied how to create a novel quantum dot nanoparticle that has many viable applications in targeted cancer therapeutics.

Second prize went to Aditya Mohan, a grade 11 student at Colonel By Secondary School, whose project aims to increase knowledge on CD8+ T Cells, the CD127 receptor pathway, the TSLP cytokine, and proposes a novel method for HIV treatment.

Third prize went to Lauren St-Germain, a grade 12 student at All Saints Catholic High School, who demonstrated that IFN-gamma up-regulates markers of EMT in melanoma cell lines. Her results recommend that immunotherapeutic approaches that use IFNs can be coupled with pharmacological approaches to block EMT in order to unmask the true benefit.

Fourth prize was awarded to Adamo Young, a grade 12 student at Lisgar Collegiate Institute, who studied the development of viral platforms that may increase the viability of vaccines, and oncolytic virus and gene therapy treatments.

There was a three-way tie for the fifth place award. Rachael Jenish, grade 12; Alex Shepard, grade 11; and Samantha Bulchand, grade 11, each from All Saints Catholic High School, tied for their work on viruses, proteins, and stem cells, respectively.

The winner of this competition, Amit Scheer, will enter the national competition held at the headquarters of the National Research Council in Ottawa, on May 22, 2014, followed by the SBCC National Awards Ceremony, co-presented with the Partners In Research National Awards, on May 23, 2014.


About the Sanofi BioGENEius Challenge Canada (SBCC)

The Sanofi BioGENEius Challenge Canada (SBCC) is a national, biotechnology research competition that encourages high school and CEGEP students to pursue future studies and careers in the exciting field of biotechnology. Coordinated by Partners In Research, the initiative is sponsored by Sanofi Pasteur Limited, Sanofi Canada, the Ontario Government (Ministry of Research & Innovation), York University, the National Research Council Canada/Conseil national de recherches Canada (NRC-CNRC), Canadian Institutes of Health Research/Instituts de recherche en santé du Canada (CIHR-IRSC) and Genome Canada.

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Carleton University, Faculty of Science News: Amit Scheer, high school student mentored by Dr. Bill Willmore, wins First Place Award in the Sanofi BioGENEius Challenge