Ananya Ganesh '20 was named a runner-up in the International BioGENEius Challenge, the premier competition for high school students that recognizes outstanding research and innovation in biotechnology.
Ananya was one of just 15 students selected from across the U.S. and Canada to present her research to industry and academic experts at the competition held in Philadelphia. Her research focuses on the novel assessment of pulmonary function in early onset scoliosis.
The finalists either won state and regional science competitions or competed in an at-large national competition to vie for spots in the international challenge and were recognized in one of three global challenge categories: health care, sustainability (AgBIo) and industrial/environmental biotechnology.
Ananya won high honors for the global health care challenge.
Students were assessed on the quality of their research, presentation skills and the ability to handle challenging questions regarding their research, scientific knowledge, and on the potential commercial and practical applications of their project.
he BioGENEius Challenge is organized by the Biotechnology Institute, an independent, national nonprofit organization dedicated to education about the present and future impact of biotechnology.
And the winner of the #BioGENEius Gene Pool pitch competition at #BIO2019 is... Ananya Ganesh! Ananya is a high school #scientist working on assessing and classifying pulmonary function in early onset scoliosis. Impressive work! Congratulations Ananya! pic.twitter.com/5Fb4WiqaSK— Johnson & Johnson Innovation (@JNJInnovation) June 4, 2019