Teen Tackles Early Cancer Detection
Neil Davey, 20, of Gaithersburg, Maryland, took on the study of cancer for his International BioGENEius Challenge project. Neil’s goal was to detect cancer early, when there are often more treatment options and better outcomes for cancer patients. His technique uses a combination of drop-based microfluidics and polymerase chain reaction (PCR) to detect circulating tumor cell (CTC) genes, which are shed by tumors and enter the blood stream. In addition to improving early cancer detection, Neil’s solution provides the genomic details of the cancer, giving the treating doctor insights into the patients’ cancer that can enable for more-targeted “precision medicine” treatments.
MdBio Foundation congratulates Neil Davey, winner of the 2014 Maryland BioGENEius Challenge, for being chosen as one of a select group of students from around the U.S. to exhibit at the 2016 White House Science Fair. You can watch an interview with Neil here on his technique, and read a profile of him from Harvard University here.