Calian sponsors Ottawa teen selected to participate in prestigious U.S. science fair
Aditya Mohan, 18, whose cancer treatment project recently swept the Ottawa Regional Science Fair has been selected to take his prize-winning entry to Pittsburgh on May 10th – 15th for the International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF). Mohan will join a team of 12 others from across the country to make up Team Canada. Together they will compete amongst 1500 students from around the world.
"I am really excited and honoured to be chosen as part of the Canadian team of students to participate in this event. It is known as a showcase for young innovators so it will expose me to other students who are really interested in science as well as to world renowned experts" says Mohan.
Mohan's award-winning project is the development of a novel oncolytic virus meant to kill cancer cells. He has engineered the common cold virus to combat cancer cells. So far in the testing of the virus he has succeeded in eliminating 98 per cent of cancer cells and nearly zero percent of normal cells. This work is being conducted as part of Dr. Angela Crawley's lab at the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute where Mohan has spent most of his spare time outside of school.
In the 2015 Ottawa Regional Science Fair held Saturday, March 27th at Carleton University, Mohan cleaned up. He came away with five top awards including:
- Best overall (best in fair) – for the second year running
- Best medicine related project
- Partners in research award
- Popular vote public choice award
- Gold medal in the senior category
Mohan's motivation came from the recognition that almost every family has been touched by cancer and he really wanted to do something to make a difference.
The grand prize for the International Science and Engineering Fair is $75,000 scholarship.