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CWSF 2019 - Fredericton, New Brunswick

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My name is Patricia Rea. I’m a Grade 8 student at St. Justin Martyr CES and Junior Editor of Zero to Genetic Engineering Hero by Dr. Justin Pahara and Julie Legault, a biotechnology handbook now being used by many iGEM teams. My interest in synthetic biology began after discovering a video on CRISPR in grade 7. My long-term goal is to create a strain of yeast that can achieve cryptobiosis in order to survive the temperature, atmosphere and radiation of Mars. This year I was a featured panelist at Metamophosis 2019, one of Ontario’s largest STEM conferences. At Metamorphosis I also led a hands-on protein folding workshop. I volunteer with Markham, Ontario’s youth-led outreach group STEM Kids Rock, and achieved 1st place at the 2019 Lunenfeld Tanenbaum Research Institute Science Fair. For anyone looking to dive into science fairs, I’ve learned that if you have an idea, that you should just go for it. Find the help and mentorship you need to make your idea a reality, and persevere when it gets tough. Anyone has the potential to change the world.

Patricia Rea

BioGrade Yeast: Biomanufacturing with Antifreeze-Yeast on Mars
City:Markham, ON
School:St. Justin Martyr E.S.
Abstract:Mars colonists will need to independently produce food and materials. Genetically engineered yeast has proven to be an effective biofactory. It’s relatively fast growing, can produce plastics and foods, is lightweight for transport and has a high yield. However, an environmental failure could be catastrophic. This project tests the survival of yeast genetically engineered with antifreeze proteins when exposed to temperatures like those on Mars.

Awards Value
Excellence in Astronomy Award
Sponsor: Royal Astronomical Society of Canada
Excellence Award - Junior
Silver Medal
Sponsor: Youth Science Canada
Challenge Award - Discovery
Sponsor: Youth Science Canada
Western University Scholarship
Silver Medallist - $2000 Entrance Scholarship
Sponsor: Western University
$2 000.00
Total$2 500.00