Sanofi BioGENEius Challenge Canada (SBCC), Celebrating 20 years

Atlantic Projects 2013

by sbccadmin on February 20, 2013


Names: Levi Burtt and Grayson Kenny
Title: Methane to Energy Through Anaerobic Digestion
Description: We are trying to produce methane gas on a small scale by using a watery blend of compost. We are then going to measure how much gas we produced and apply our results to a larger scale. The methane is going to be used to make electricity through a generator.

Names: Kelsie Aubie and Emma Rae Sappier Dodge
Title:Nitrogen-Containing Natural Products from Marine Sources via Chemical Derivation
Description: We are conducting experiments on various natural organisms found anywhere from the grocery store to the ocean by “separating” the chemicals within them in order to isolate them and characterize them. From there we will be running checks on whatever we find if we have isolated a new product of some sort.

Names: Emily Pitre and Nora Bertin
Title: Cell Surfaces – Can They Be Modified To Have A High Affinity To Copper?
Description: The objective of this project is to use some simple chemistry to chemically modify the –NH2 groups present on the cell surfaces and subsequently discover whether or not the ‘modified cell’ will have a high affinity for copper particles.

Name: Devyani Ambwani
Title: The Effect of Bacteria Found on Cell Phones on Human Health
Description: In today’s technology advanced society cell phones are a common device that are owned by many and are carried literally everywhere. The objective of this project is to find whether there is a significant bacteria build-up on them that could pose a risk to human health.

Name: Damalka Ranasigne
Title: Isolation of Phytochemicals and Evaluation of Possible Health Benefits in Gotu Kola (Centella asiatica)
Description: I’m researching the possible health benefits of an Asian herb; Gotu Kola. In the project I have prepared a freeze dried Gotu Kola extract and will be testing it against two types of harmful bacteria, tuberculosis, a fungi and on malignant tumor cell lines.

Name: Evan Langille & Justin Wang
Title: Inhibiting fructose transport via the GLUT 5 transporter
Description: Obesity is a large problem; up to 30% of North Americans are obese and most of these people will eventually suffer from obesity-related illnesses such as type-II diabetes, cardiovascular disease, stroke, and osteoarthritis. Clearly, this is a problem that needs to be dealt with. A main culprit in obesity, especially in youth, is the ingestion of fructose. Fructose is not a necessary supplement to human health, as we can produce it ourselves from other foods. In addition, fructose is especially dangerous because the brain fails to signal fullness when fructose, unlike glucose, is ingested in high amounts. GLUT5 is found in cell membranes lining the small intestines and allows fructose to pass into the bloodstream. Experimentation will be performed by adjusting the concentrations of the GLUT 5 inhibitor compound in the media supplied toDrosophila melanogaster. Certain qualitative and quantitative information will be collected to assess the viability of the populations of theD.melanogaster.

Name: Ellen Ross
Title: Beta Amyloid Breakdown In Alzeheimer’s
Description: In a healthy brain, amyloid plaques are broken down and eliminated, but with Alzheimer’s, they accumulate and do not. I am exploring the possibility of breaking down these plaques through the use of different substances.”

Names: Jared Trask and Kaitlyn Stockley
Title: Biodiesel Production Can Be a Fishy Business
Description: Fossil fuels are a non-renewable source and are eventually going to run out. So we are planning ahead. Our project is focused on creating alternative sources of energy by recycling fish waste, which is generally expelled into the ocean. The focus of our project is on a special protein that is only found in certain fish, called antifreeze protein. Our objective is to determine if the antifreeze protein makes a difference on the properties of the fuel or not. All in the hopes of creating a fuel made completely from waste.

Names: Junhee Lee and Junho Lee
Title: How Diet Influences the Infection and Recovery of a Caterpillar
Description: The objective of our project is to determine the outcome when different diets are consumed by caterpillar pests infected with virus. With our results, we hope to find more effective ways to increase viral yield for use as biological control agents, which tend to be expensive and labour-intensive to produce.

Names: Leah Purney and Peter Smith
Title: Capsaicinoids and Boron as a Natural Pesticide
Description: Capsaicinoids are the family of chemicals that make hot peppers spicy. Boron has long been used as a natural pesticide. For our project, we will be testing whether a combination of capsaicinoids and boron is more effective as a natural pesticide than either chemical used separately. In order to do this, we will first extract the capsaicinoids from the peppers, and then combine them with varying amounts of boric acid. Finally, we will test each compound on a fungus or bacteria, in order to determine which is the most effective.

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