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ESPC 2018 - Ottawa (Ontario)

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My name is Sasha Seufert and I live in Guelph, Ontario. I am a grade 10 student at Centennial Collegiate & Vocational Institute: A secondary school well known for it’s excellent AP biology and biotechnology courses. My involvement in the STEAM disciplines dates back to when I was a child. My first interest was circuit design, when I received my first electronic snap circuit kit. I was shocked!! Ever since, my interests expanded to computer science, biotechnology, and hardware engineering. Currently, I am working on a faster and more cost-effective approach to delivering DNA into tardigrades, which involves nematocysts: biological "syringes" which jellyfish use to sting and deliver venom into their pray. Like many individuals in the scientific community, I gain my inspiration from journals about recent innovations in the medical industry. Once I find an interesting topic, I begin to ask myself questions: How can I improve this concept? What benefit does the innovation serve to the scientific community? And finally, does the idea hold a commercial value? If my idea meets all three criteria, I may confidently begin my scientific process. Holy piece of advice: Follow up EVERY lab session with very detailed notes of what you did!

Sasha Seufert

Delivering of DNA to Tardigrades via Nematocysts
Ville:Guelph, ON
École:Centennial Collegiate & Vocational Institute
Sommaire:Jellyfish posses millions of micro-needle like stinging cells embedded in their tentacles, often used to inject venom into prey. My goal is to determine whether or not these stinging cells can be used to deliver DNA into water bears; a micro-organism of great interest in the scientific community. This fast and low-cost injection method would help scientists study the unique genomic makeup of water bears.

Prix Valeur
Prix d'excellence - Intermédiaire
Médaille de bronze
Sponsor: Sciences jeunesse Canada
Bourse d’études de Western University
Médaillé de bronze - Bourse d'admission de 1 000 $
Sponsor: Université Western
1 000,00 $
Total1 000,00 $