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ESPC 2016 - Montreal (Québec)

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My name is Owen Robison and I am in my senior year of high school. I attend Centennial CVI in Guelph. I am an athlete on the rugby team for my school. Go Spartans! I have been involved in my community assisting and promoting the Smile Train charity. I work out of my school’s lab. If I’m not in the lab or at practice I’m at the gym engaged in my favourite hobby, weightlifting. Next year I will go off to either Western (UWO) or McMaster University for Molecular Biology and Genetics. Afterwards, I will pursue a DVM at the OVC in Guelph. During and after my post grad studies I want to work for a veterinary clinic with companion animals. My project deals with tardigrades which are microscopic invertebrates. I’ve always had an interest in these critters as they are hyped to be indestructible. The idea for my project came from the controversy in science magazines concerning tardigrades exhibiting high amounts of horizontal gene transfer.

Owen Robison

Detection of DNA Integtration in Tardigrades after Anhydrobiosis
Ville:Guelph, ON
École:Centennial Collegiate & Vocational Institute
Sommaire:This project looks at the possible link between a process called anhydrobiosis and the uptake of foreign DNA. Upon subsequent rehydration after anhydrobiosis, tardigrades are exposed to plasmids that contain different promoters. I hypothesize that anhydrobiosis is linked to horizontal gene transfer. The experimental results showed that there may be some expression of foreign DNA from treated tardigrades.

Prix Valeur
Prix d'excellence - Sénior
Médaille d'argent
Sponsor: Sciences jeunesse Canada
Prix du défi - Découverte
Sponsor: Sciences jeunesse Canada
Bourses d'admission de la Faculté des sciences de l’Université Dalhousie
Médaillé d’argent, sénior - Bourse d'admission de 2 500 $
Sponsor: Université Dalhousie, Faculté des sciences
2 500,00 $
Prix d'admission en sciences de UBC (Vancouver)
Médaillé d’argent, sénior - Bourse d'admission de 2 000 $
Sponsor: The University of British Columbia (Vancouver)
2 000,00 $
Bourse d'admission de l'Université d'Ottawa
Médaillé d’argent, sénior - Bourse d'admission de 2 000 $
Sponsor: Université d'Ottawa
2 000,00 $
Bourse d’études de Western University
Médaillé d’argent - Bourse d'admission de 2 000 $
Sponsor: Université Western
2 000,00 $
Total8 500,00 $