Maryland BioGENEius Challenge
Together with the Biotechnology Institute, MdBio Foundation hosts the Maryland BioGENEius competition. This rigorous international competition for talented high schools students in grades 9 – 12 gives students the opportunity to showcase their original research in biotechnology.
The Maryland finalist will have the opportunity to represent Maryland at the International BioGENEius Challenge during the annual BIO Convention. This year’s International BIO competition will be held in San Francisco, CA, June 5 – 9, 2016.
Reddy’s winning project was entitled Application of modular cloning for rapid, site-specific and stable expression of multi-gene constructs in mammalian cells. Her project’s goal was to leverage high-throughput imaging (HTI) to generate mammalian cell lines that express fluorescent proteins, while having unique acceptor and donor regions in the genome so that genes of interest can be inserted and tested. This process is intended to enable investigation of cures for any disease or illness that can be genomically traced by inserting genes that are specific to that illness into the U2OS engineered cell line, so that the cell line can be read with HTI technology. Upon graduation, Reddy will major in Biology at St. Bonaventure University and attend the accelerated seven-year medical program at Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM).
Two other Poolesville High School seniors were runners up for this year’s state competition. Dhruv Patel, from Boyds, Md., was awarded second place for Optimization of magnetic drug delivery to inner ear disorders and deep tissue organs, and Emily Wang, also from Boyds, Md., took third place for her project, An enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) for detecting and differentiating between H3N2v and seasonal H3N2 influenza viruses.
The competition consists of three BioGENEius challenges:
- The Global Healthcare Challenge in medical biotechnology
- The Global Sustainability Challenge in agricultural biotechnology
- The Global Environment Challenge in industrial/environmental biotechnology
Are you a BioGENEius? Explore these topics for project ideas
Project ideas include:
- Bio-based degradable materials
- Marine based products (not human health related)
- New or improved biofuels production
- Reducing toxic emissions and greenhouse gases
Project ideas include:
- “Druggable” targets
- Potential drugs and vaccines
- Drug delivery
- Bioproduction of therapeutics
Project ideas include:
- Soil improvements
- Value added foods for human and animal benefit
- Disease control
- Improvements in animal health and reproduction
Maryland’s Neil Davey Claims Third in 2014 International Competition
MdBio Foundation would like to congratulate Montgomery Blair senior, Neil Davey, who took third place in the 2014 International BioGENEius Challenge!
2016 Maryland BioGENEius Challenge
2016 Maryland BioGENEius Challenge Runner Up Optimization of magnetic drug delivery to inner ear disorders and deep tissue organs Emily Wang, Poolesville, High School
2016 Maryland BioGENEius Challenge Runner Up An enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) for detecting and differentiating between H3N2v and seasonal H3N2 influenza viruses
2015 Maryland BioGENEius Challenge
2015 Maryland BioGENEius Challenge Runner Up Development of Highly Sensitive Biosensor for the Early Diagnosis of Prostate Cancer Evan Whitehouse, Poolesville HS
2015 Maryland BioGENEius Challenge Runner Up Investigating the Intrinsic Efficacy of Dopamine D1 Receptor Ligands for Functional Selectivity
2014 Maryland BioGENEius Challenge
Third Place, 2014 International BioGENEius Challenge 2014 Maryland BioGENEius Challenge Winner Early Cancer Diagnosis and Treatment through the Detection of Circulating Tumor Cells using Drop-based Microfluidics Kushi Ranganath, Thomas S. Wootton HS
2014 Maryland BioGENEius Challenge Runner Up Effects of pancreatic α cell-specific deficiency of the G protein α-subunit (Gsα) on islet cell morphology Vishnu Rachakonda, Eleanor Roosevelt HS
2014 Maryland BioGENEius Challenge Runner Up Fast electron paramagnetic resonance imaging to study fluctuating tumor physiology: Use of conjugate symmetry of k-Space and trajectory design for image data acquisition
2013 Maryland BioGENEius Challenge
2013 Maryland BioGENEius Challenge Runner Up Protein Assemblies in Health and in Diseases: Biological AFM and Related Studies Joy Zeng, Montgomery County 2013 Maryland BioGENEius Challenge Runner Up Targeted Thermal Ablation of Cancer Cells Using Biosurfactant Functionalized Carbon Nanotubes