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CWSF 2018 - Ottawa, Ontario

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My name is Harry Parmar, and I am a grade 9 student at Maple High School. At school, I enjoy literacy and math. I also play on a basketball team in Thornhill, and I like playing the piano. Outside of school, I like discovering answers to questions that aren't usually asked. One topic that interested me the most was synthetic biology. By inserting new genetic code into a new organism to create desirable features, synthetic biology can help change the world. I was first introduced to the topic by a Ph.D. student at Ryerson University. In the future, I plan on conducting long-term studies of my project for new useful research. Some great advice I learned from my mentor, is never to give up. Even when you can't find the answer, continue to fail until you succeed.

Harry Parmar

SYN-VIOLA:The Power of Novel, Designer Bacteria in Real World
City:Thornhill, ON
School:Maple H.S.
Abstract:Violacein is a natural purple compound shown to have anticancer, antibacterial, antiviral, antifungal, and antioxidant properties. Unfortunately, commercially available violacein costs up to $395,000 per gram due to slow production. By transforming genetic material containing enzymes to produce violacein into model organisms, violacein can be produced faster and inexpensively. Additionally, the bacterial strains may suggest targeted violacein drug delivery to local tumour microenvironment.

Awards Value
Youth Can Innovate Awards
Sponsor: The Gwyn Morgan and Patricia Trottier Foundation
Excellence Award - Intermediate
Gold Medal
Sponsor: Youth Science Canada
Western University Scholarship
Gold Medallist - $4000 Entrance Scholarship
Sponsor: Western University
$4 000.00
Total$4 750.00