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 Convention will be held in San Diego, CA, June 18 – 21, 2017.

Application Deadline: May 1, 2017

Prizes:

  • First Place – 2017 Maryland BioGENEius Challenge Winner $250, plus a $400 travel stipend to attend the International BioGENEius Conference in San Diego, June 18-21, 2017
  • Second Place – 2017 Maryland BioGENEius Challenge Runner Up $100
  • Third Place – 2017 Maryland BioGENEius Challenge Runner Up $100

Timeline:

  • Application Deadline: May 1, 2017
  • Winners notified on May 10, 2017
  • Maryland Finalist announced May 15, 2017
  • 2017 BioGENEius Conference and BIO Convention June 18-21, 2017

Questions? Contact the Maryland BioGENEius Challenge coordinator

Ali Main
(240) 243-4054
amain@mdbiofoundation.org

Apply Here

The competition consists of three BioGENEius challenges:

 

Are you a BioGENEius?  Explore these topics for project ideas

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Interested in being a Judge?

Mentor tomorrow’s innovators! MdBio Foundation is looking for industry professionals to volunteer their time to select our BioGENEius and STEM Voice finalists. No prep work or follow-up commitments are required. BioGENEius judging will take place May 3 – 8, 2017.

Join our panel of BioGENEius Judges
Global Healthcare

Global healthcare is medical biotechnology

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
Global Sustainability
Global sustainability is agriculture biotechnology
Project ideas include:
  • “Druggable” targets
  • Potential drugs and vaccines
  • Drug delivery
  • Bioproduction of therapeutics
Global Enviroment

Global environment is industrial or environmental biotechnologyProject ideas include:

  • Soil improvements
  • Value added foods for human and animal benefit
  • Disease control
  • Improvements in animal health and reproduction

Past Winners

Rebecca Brody, Baltimore Polytechnic Institute
2017 Maryland BioGENEius Challenge Winner
An in vitro model system for studying the effects of hypoxia on stem cell-derived endothelial cells
 
Priyadharshini Gajendiran, Centennial High School
2017 Maryland BioGENEius Challenge Runner Up 
Differences in Mitochondrial Activity between Active and Inactive Hepatic Stellate Cells
 
Claire Wayner, Baltimore Polytechnic Institute
2017 Maryland BioGENEius Challenge Runner Up
Engineering E. coili Removal from Stormwater
Anantha Sriya Reddy, Poolesville High School
2016 Maryland BioGENEius Challenge Winner
Application of modular cloning for rapid, site-specific and stable expression of multi-gene constructs in mammalian cells
 
Dhruv Patel, Poolesville High School
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
Felica Wang, Centennial HS
2015 Maryland BioGENEius Challenge Winner
A 3-Dimensional Reconstruction of the Vestibular Labyrinth
 
Kang Wook Chung, Gilman School
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
Neil Davey, Montgomery Blair HS
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

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!

Neil’s winning poster (PDF 8.8MB)

2013 Maryland BioGENEius Winners

Havisha Garimella, Howard County

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