“Teen Researcher: Discovering A New Treatment for Ovarian Cancer”
Dr. Alakananda Basu
University of North Texas Health Science Center
Grand Prize Winner, Google Global Science Fair; Fort Worth Country Day School
Tuesday, March 6, 2012
5:45 p.m. – Networking Reception
6:30 p.m. – Presentation
A young researcher’s scientific journey is about more than gaining knowledge; it’s about holding onto awe and a sense of wonder in the approach to solving problems. A strong sense of wonder helped Shree Bose win the Grand Prize of the first ever Google Global Science Fair in the 17-18 year old category. Competing against 10,000 students from 91 countries, Bose was selected as the overall winner, earning a $50,000 Google scholarship and a 10-day trip to the Galapagos Islands with a National Geographic Expedition, among other prizes.
Support and mentorship were a critical element in the young researcher’s path to success. Under the supervision of Dr. Alakananda Basu, Shree’s award-winning project involved the study of a particular protein, AMP kinase, of interest in cancer cells. Shree investigated a new way to treat resistant patients when they no longer responded to the chemotherapy drug. The research has the potential to impact more than 240,000 patients diagnosed with ovarian cancer who are treated with particular chemotherapy drugs. Join Shree and Dr. Basu in a discussion about how inspiration, dedication, and mentorship led to life-enabling research.
Shree Bose is a rising senior at Fort Worth Country Day in Fort Worth, Texas. Shree has a passion for biology and medicine, and has been involved in cancer research since age 15. Shree Bose was recently honored as the Grand Prize winner of the Google Global Science Fair. Shree has showcased her research to President Obama, NIH directors, and as a speaker at the Google Zeitgeist Conference in Phoenix. She is a recipient of the GDIAAC Youth Achievement Award given by the Indian Minister of Commerce and was named one of Glamour Magazine’s 21 Amazing Women of the Year in 2011. For more information, visit Shree’s website.
Alakananda Basu, Ph.D. is a professor of Molecular Biology & Immunology and Graduate Advisor of the Cancer Biology program at the University of North Texas Health Science Center. She also served as the Associate Director and then the Deputy Director of the Institute for Cancer Research. Her research is focused on understanding the molecular basis of cancer and mechanisms of anticancer drug resistance. She has published numerous articles and book chapters and trained many graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, undergraduate students and high school students. She is committed to mentoring young scientists so that they can experience the excitement of real scientific research. She also participates in the Health Science Center’s outreach programs to encourage underrepresented and disadvantaged students to study science. For more information, visit Dr. Basu’s website.