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ECU students make it to the semi-finals of the BioGENEius WA Challenge

Tuesday, 24 February 2009


The Sanofi-Aventis International BioGENEius Challenge is an annual competition for high school students that recognizes outstanding participation in biotechnology research. Ten students from WA have been shortlisted, from which two will be selected to compete in the international challenge to be held in Atlanta, Georgia USA, in May 2009.

Ms Pauline Zaenker, a TEE student from Ocean Reef Senior High School joined the ECU Melanoma Research group to undertake research to identify markers of melanoma stem cells in peripheral blood of melanoma patients. Pauline is one of 10 semi-finalists in the BioGENEius WA Challenge. The results obtained from this project are the first worldwide to identify melanoma stem cells in peripheral blood of patients with melanoma and as such is of enormous benefit to clinicians diagnosing and treating melanoma patients.

ECU Electron Science Research Institute mentee Yasmin Soliman from St Mary's Anglican Girls' School is also one of the 10 WA semi-finalists and will be presenting her work on Identification Of Wavelengths Needed For Optimum Spectral Discrimination Of Skeleton Weed From Other Agricultural Weeds.

We wish both girls the best of luck when presenting their results to examiners on the 3rd March.

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