BioKansas to Host the 2018 Kansas BioGENEius Challenge Finals on Thursday, April 26th

FAIRWAY, Kan.--()--BioKansas is hosting the 2018 Kansas BioGENEius Challenge Finals this Thursday, April 26th, at Aratana Therapeutics, 11400 Tomahawk Creek Parkway, Leawood, Kansas, 66211. 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, held on June 4th – 7th in Boston, during the 2018 BIO International Convention.

Six student finalists from across the region will give their presentations this Thursday, where a panel of local industry judges will select one student to advance to the International BioGENEius Challenge. There they will have the opportunity to compete against student researchers from across the world and be recognized by industry for outstanding research in biotechnology. The public is welcome and encouraged to attend the Kansas BioGENEius Finals and see the student finalists showcase their research.

Here are the students selected to present at the 2018 Kansas BioGENEius Finals:

Srinivasan Madhavan, Wichita East High School
Implementing a Crosslink within Protective Antigen of Bacillus Anthracis, with Novel Implications in the Treatment of Anthrax

Luann Jung, Manhattan High School
Genomic Indicators of Type II Diabetes

Rachel Silverstein, Shawnee Mission West
The use of homotypic natural killer (NK) cell NKG2D signaling in NK cell immunotherapy

Paul Case, The Barstow School
Discovery of Two New Mutational Signatures in Head and Neck Squamous Cell Carcinoma

Lindsey Chavey, SMSD Biotechnology Signature Program
The development of an algorithm used to predict the predisposition to anterior cruciate ligament injury

Imaan Azeem, Olathe North High School
Repurposing Metformin as a Preventative Drug for Breast Cancer Progression

The Kansas BioGENEius Challenge Awards are presented by BioKansas, the life science trade association in the state of Kansas representing more than 160 member organizations across the human, plant, animal and industrial biosciences, and are sponsored by the Kansas City Area Life Sciences Institute, MilliporeSigma, Merck Animal Health, Hill’s Pet Nutrition, KCAS, the Missouri Valley PDA, Arvest Bank and Aratana Therapeutics. Come out to make some great connections and be inspired by these incredible students!

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Alex Erwin, 913-495-4334

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