Meet the Students Competing in the Illinois BioGENEius Competition at the 2017 iBIO IndEx


Illinois Top Students Compete in BioGENEius Competition at the 2017 iBIO IndEx

For the third year in a row the iBIO IndEx will host the BioGENEius High School Science Challenge. The BioGENEius Challenge is the most prestigious high school science competition in the world for original research in biotechnology.

Twenty-three Illinois high school students will display their projects and present their research to our judges during the iBIO IndEx. The winner of the Illinois BioGENEius competition will be announced and the IndEx and receive an all-expense-paid trip to the international competition, which will be held at the BIO Convention 2017 in San Diego, CA. The BioGENEius Challenge provides students the unique opportunity of attending the iBIO IndEx, allowing them to gain valuable insights from biotech leaders, leading companies, scientists, and innovators currently transforming the scientific landscape.

The student competitors are evaluated on the quality of their research in biomedical, agricultural, and industrial/environmental biotechnology. Students are assessed on their presentations and ability to handle questions regarding their research and general scientific knowledge. Moreover, each student’s research is judged on the potential commercial and practical applications of their project. The BioGENEius Competition in Illinois is managed by the iBIO Institute’s EDUCATE Center.

Last year Illinois’ winner, Julie Cronin from Oak Park and River Forest High School, went on to win the BioGENEius Global Environmental Award.

If you are attending the IndEx, make sure you check out the BioGENEius students and projects on display by the registration table. If you are not attending the IndEx, register now!

Meet the Students and Their Research

Katherine Anderson Oak Park and River Forest High School The Elasticity of Bacterial Cellulose Compared to Blister Gel GuardTM by Band-Aid
Kavya Anjur Metea Valley High School Pharmacological Effects of Lurasidone on GABAergic Systems in Acute
Restraint Stress Model and Related Secondary Structural Changes in 5-HT2CR, of Significance to Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis and Cognitive Deficits in Schizophrenia
Tamsen Cronin Oak Park River Forest High School A Novel Approach to the Cleanup of Oil Spills with Salvinia minima as a Natural Sorbent
Maciej Dzumala Oak Park River Forest High School The Benefits of Pre-Graft CO2 Level on Grafted Solanum lycopersicum Healing
August Gonzalez Oak Park & River Forest High School Synergistic Effect Between Nisin and Polyhexamethylene Biguanide in Combination Therapy Against S. epidermidis
Stephanie Guralnick Oak Park and River Forest High School Pink and White Noise as Targeted Memory Reactivation Cues for Declarative Memories in Rats
Garrett Hauck Oak Park River Forest High School The Use of Cannabinoids to Stimulate an Increase of Nitric Oxide Production as a Basis for a Novel Treatment of Chronic Renal Disease
Conor Johnson Oak Park River Forest High School IL-10 and IL-21-Mediated Immune Activation as a Novel Immunotherapy
Robert Klock Oak Park and River Forest High School Using NetLogo to Optimize in silico Double Bind Therapy as a Foundation for Future Breast Cancer Treatment
Phong Lai Niles West High School Designing a Disassemble Hydroponic System
Sydney Lupo Oak Park and River Forest High School The Effect of Bone Remodeling on the Heterogeneity and Mechanical Properties of Bone
Lindsay Moore-Fields Oak Park and River Forest High School Effect of Ellagic Acid and Quercetin on Telomeres and Apoptosis in Cancer Cells as a Telomere-Based Cancer Therapy
Ellen Morgan Oak Park River Forest High School Increasing Lipopolysaccharide Stimulation on Exosomal Fibronectin as a Basis for Stroke Amelioration
Manasa Pagadala Rivermont Collegiate Determining the effect of chemical and physical pretreatments on the yield and energy output of cellulosic ethanol from Panicum virgatum
Syeda Quadri Niles West Atherogenesis: The Effect of Various Dietary Compounds on Plaque in Zebrafish Arteries
Gabriela Running-Arnesen Oak Park and River Forest High School Effects of DNA Methylation on the Expression of Human Aquaporin-4 in Astrocytoma Tumors as a Basis for the Development of Cancer Treatment
Leyla Scheuring Oak Park and River Forest High School The Effectiveness of Soybean, Basil, Eucalyptus, and Citronella Oils as an Insect Repellent
Vraj Shroff Niles West High School Curcuma longa and Wild Type p53 Gene Induced Apoptosis in MDA-MB-231 Breast Cancer Cell Line
Maya Taylor Oak Park and River Forest High School The Effect Of G. Indica Extract On The Formation Of Dietary Advanced Glycation End Products In Poultry
Renee Tristano Oak Park & River Forest High School Stimulation of the Secretome as a Method for Increased Radioresistance
Lillian Tushman Oak Park and River Forest High School Caenorhabditis elegans as a Noninvasive Diagnostic Test for Diabetes Mellitus
Refah Zabin Niles West High School Green Production: Studying the Effect of Cobalt Dithiolene on Electrolysis
Mounisha Kovour Illinois Math and Science Academy Longitudinal Imaging of the Thalamus in HIV Reactive and Non-Reactive Individuals in Two Time Points
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