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Teen Scientist Publishes Award Winning Cancer Research

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Last year I found a way to genetically modify bacteria to take in carbon dioxide and won a national competition for my discovery.

Dr. Zach Pearson– I am an Immunology research professor at the San Diego Biomedical Research Institute. Recently, one of my interns, Kainath Kamil, published a paper on Neuroblastoma regarding the genetics of patients who go into relapse after Dinutuximab treatment. Neuroblastoma is a brain cancer that commonly presents itself in children under the age of 5.

Kainath is 16 years old and a Junior at Mission Vista High School. She the youngest published intern I have ever had.

In 2018, when she first planned the project, she received the Emperor Science Award for her outline and a $1500 grant to fund her research. 

In Summer 2019 she interned at UCSD and the SD Supercomputer Center to spend 8 weeks trying to find genes responsible for Neuroblastoma relapse. Although she did not find the gene, she found many that were NOT responsible. As Thomas Edison says, “I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.”

Now she interns at the San Diego Biomedical Research Institute which is where I helped her get her findings published. Her paper “Searching for Biomarkers of Events in Neuroblastoma Immunotherapy Treatment” will be published in the December 2019 Issue of the Journal of Emerging Investigators. This is the third paper Kainath will publish; her first was summer 2018 on stem cells, and her second was on Microbiology.

However, I feel like Kainath has not been properly recognized for her work in the field of science. 
I am immensely proud of her, and she has allowed me to contact you about her achievements. It would be great if you could make a story about her recent award and publication. Hopefully, she will inspire other young minds to explore the realm of science.

Dr. Zach Pearson
Research ProfessorSan Diego Biomedical Research Institute
Immunology and Body Homeostasis


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