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ESPC 2014 - Windsor (Ontario)

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As a Grade 11, I'm a Model UN addict, high-achieving math nerd, science geek and rower. In the rare free time that I have, you'll either find me curled up with a well-worn copy of Gone with the Wind or playing with my little sister. During the summer, I love working with younger kids as a camp counsellor or a volunteer in paediatric wards. I was recently chosen to be part of the student leadership team for 2014-2015 as Junior School Prefect. In the future, I hope to major in both Biology and International Relations so I can fulfill my dream of becoming a paediatrician with Doctors without Borders. In terms of my research, I was inspired by my mentor's pilot study. My lab was right beside the ocean, so that also guided me toward studying the genetics of a small marine creature. In the future I would like to expand my research into how other genes affect thermal tolerance in Tigriopus californicus. To others thinking about doing a project, my advice would be to focus on something that you have a genuine interest in - otherwise things can get pretty tedious and you definitely want to stay passionate!

Christabel Chan

Gene(s) that Allow Tigriopus californicus to Survive Under Thermal Stress
Ville:Toronto, ON
École:Bishop Strachan Private
Sommaire:The species of copepods called Tigriopus californicus can live in tide pools from Alaska to Southern California, surviving 0.35ºC to 34ºC. After testing the difference in gene expression between copepods kept at 20ºC and copepods at 34ºC, we have determined that both the hsp70 gene and one of the toll-like receptor genes of Tigiropus californicus play a role in conferring the trait of thermal tolerance.