Thursday, June 14, 2012

Teenager Angela Zhang Fights Cancer with Award-Winning Discovery

Angela Zhang is only 17 and while she doesn't have cancer she's already working on a cure. She's created a nanoparticle which targets and destroys cancer cells and then monitors the treatment response. She likens her invention to a "swiss army knife," a tool known for it's precision and reliability, because it can deliver chemotherapy drugs directly to the cancer cells without harming any of the surrounding healthy tissue.

Zhang was awarded the grand prize a few months ago, a $100,000 scholarship, by the Siemens Competition in Math Science and Technology. She plans to continue studying chemical engineering, biological engineering and physics with the goal of becoming a research professor "to make new innovations possible."

Angela Zhang holding her ceremonial $100,000 scholarship check
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Zhang started reading doctorate-level papers on bio-engineering when she was just a mere freshman in high school!  not too shabby...

Cool Girls Cure Cancer.

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