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