BioKansas to Announce 2017 Kansas BioGENEius Challenge Winner

LEAWOOD, Kan.--()--BioKansas will announce the winner of the Kansas BioGENEius Challenge this Thursday at Aratana Therapeutics. BioKansas has selected the best and brightest students from the Kansas State Science & Engineering Fair and the Greater Kansas City Science & Engineering Fair for the chance to compete in the International BioGENEius Challenge. The BioGENEius Challenge provides these students with the opportunity to compete against student researchers from across the world, and be recognized by industry for outstanding research in biotechnology.

The 2017 Kansas BioGENEius Finals includes five student researchers from across Kansas, as well as one from Missouri. Their projects are amazingly diverse, including topics relevant to industrial, agricultural and medical biotechnology:

Andy Cardona, Shawnee Mission West HS, Overland Park, KS
Extraction of Coffee Oil with Acetone Converted to a versatile Source of Green Energy

Paul Case, The Barstow School, KCMO
Using Genetic Artificial Intelligence Algorithms to Increase the Image Quality of PET Scans of Patients with Alzheimer's Disease

Saatatya Chakraborty, Olathe North HS, Olathe, KS
Development and Cellular Uptake of Acyclovir Prodrugs Loaded Topical Formulation

Alexis Delgado, Shawnee Heights HS, Topeka, KS
The Effect of Nicotine, Caffeine, and Acetaminophen on the Neural Activity of Hissing Cockroaches

Luann Jung, Manhattan HS, Manhattan, KS
Identification of Natural Selection in SNP Markers from Sequencing Data

Erin Smith, Shawnee Mission West HS, Overland Park, KS
A Novel, Telemedicine Diagnostic Tool for Parkinson's Disease: The Use of Digital Action Units Generated by Spontaneous and Posed Facial Expressions

BioGENEius is sponsored locally by Ceva Biomune, MilliporeSigma, Kansas City Area Life Sciences Institute, Hill’s Pet Nutrition and The Goodcents Foundation. The Kansas BioGENEius Challenge is administered by BioKansas, a nonprofit that supports the biosciences in Kansas and across the region. BioKansas is focused on enhancing the business and research climate by working with regional leaders to attract and retain bioscience talent, funding, and companies for human, plant, animal and industrial biosciences.

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Matt Falk, 913-495-4334

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2017 Kansas BioGENEius Finals presented by BioKansas


Matt Falk, 913-495-4334