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Wu, Jiao Earn Honors at Intel Science Fair

Two student researchers, Danielle Wu ’18 and Ken Jiao ’18, each received distinctions at the prestigious 2017 Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (Intel ISEF) held in May in Los Angeles.
Jiao received 3rd place—and a $1,000 award—in the category of Cellular and Molecular Biology for his project, “Retain CHD7, an Epigenetic Regulator, in the Nucleus to Combat Breast Cancer Metastasis.” Jiao’s research is shedding light on a potential way to determine if breast cancer cells are highly invasive, and on how to inhibit them from spreading throughout the body.
Wu and her teammate, Richard Fu, from Vestavia Hills High School, earned a special Air Force Research Laboratory First Award in Microbiology for their project, “Probiotic Metabolites Promote Anti-inflammatory Functions of Immune Cells.” Their research explores the effects of bacterial strains found in yogurt on the human immune system.
Jiao’s and Wu’s research projects were two of the four projects selected to advance directly to the international fair from the regional fair, where Jiao won 1st place in Medicine and Health, and Wu received a special award from the American Physiological Society. Jiao also claimed 1st place in Medicine and Health at the state fair in April.

“Being recognized for your research at the Intel ISEF is such a huge deal,” says Dean of Academics and Science Department Chair Dr. Tanya Hyatt. “This is the first time that two Indian Springs students have advanced in the same year to the international fair, and these honors highlight the fact that our students are doing important work and often breaking new ground by pursuing their impressive ideas.”

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