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Vilina Mehta, Kathleen Wu win TGen Awards at AzSEF

Student science fair winners must show translational application of their projects to benefit patients.

The TGen Excellence in Biomedical Research Award recognizes students at the Arizona Science and Engineering Fair (AzSEF) who present outstanding projects focusing on the molecular mysteries of complex diseases like cancer, neurological disorders and infectious disease.

The 2016 winners were Vilina Mehta, a rising junior at BASIS Scottsdale and Kathleen Wu, a 2016 graduate of BASIS Scottsdale.

Vilina's winning project was Glioblastoma Multiforme: An Analysis of Protein Interaction Networks and a Novel Method of Targeted Drug Delivery Across the Blood-Brain Barrier. Kathleen won for Characterizing the Structure and Diffusivity of Nanoporous Diatom Frustules: Potential Biofilters / Immunoassay Docks for the Biomolecular Future.

TGen requires that winning projects be translational, demonstrating potential application as a patient treatment or diagnostic, as befits our mission.

The winners came to TGen on Tuesday, May 24, 2016 for a private luncheon with TGen President and Research Director Dr. Jeffrey Trent and Research Assistant Professors Dr. Sampath Rangasamy and Dr. Isabelle Schrauwen. The students then took a special tour of TGen, exploring the Brain Tumor Unit, the Center for Proteomics, the Zebrafish Laboratory and much more.

Fun Fact: In addition to their passion for bioscience, both Kathleen and Vilina play the flute!

Congratulations to these students for their outstanding projects! We were honored to host them at TGen!


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