$25,000 Scholarship Recipient
Project Title: “MicroRNA Prognostic Signatures and Prediction Models for Distant Metastasis-Free Survival (DMFS) in Breast Cancer”______ _______ ________ ____ _______
Natalie aimed to develop miRNA prognostic signatures as a diagnostic tool for breast cancer. She developed two prognostic models which predict metastasis in breast cancer, as well as identified two miRNAs that independently impact the ability of breast cancer cells to metastasize.
Natalie’s project has important implications for breast cancer diagnosis and treatment. Breast cancer is the most prevalent cancer diagnosed in women worldwide, according to the latest WHO report. A frustrating reality about cancer is that even when initial hormonal treatment seems to work, metastatic cancer cells can survive and spread to distant sites in the body. Therefore, accurate prediction of metastatic outcome, such as with the aid of genetic signatures, can significantly improve the ability to predict the recurrence risk and to devise appropriate treatment strategies for individual cancer patients.
Natalie is a rising senior at Monta Vista High School. She hopes to attend Stanford University or MIT with a double major in computer science and a biological science discipline. She was the first place winner of the 2013 International BioGENEius Competition. She also received First Place in 2013 and Fourth Place in 2012 at the Intel International Science and Engineer Fair (ISEF). Natalie has been selected as a Google Science Fair regional finalist for three consecutive years. Her hobbies include golf, violin and singing. She is an officer of research club and a member of DECA, as well as a member of the girls' golf team and choir.
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