Murphy High School student Jamie Lim’s ambitious science fair project claimed another top award last week, as it was named Best in Fair at the Mobile Regional Science and Engineering Fair at the University of South Alabama.
Lim’s project, “The Synergistic Effect of Imatinib and Allicin: A Potential Therapeutic for BCR-ABL 1-Positive Leukemia,” examined the potential for a compound found in garlic to pair with a chemotherapy drug to treat leukemia. It had also won Best Overall at the Mobile County Science Fair last month.
“The idea for my project actually came from my freshman year science fair project, where I had done an experiment on the effect of different vegetable extracts, including garlic, on bacterial growth,” Lim said last month. “In the following year, I found that allicin, a compound in garlic, inhibited leukemia cell growth. I wanted to see if there was a way to strengthen allicin’s effect on cancer cells, so this year, I treated leukemia cells with allicin and imatinib, a well known anti-cancer drug. I found that the combinational treatment was much stronger than individual allicin and imatinib treatment. Surprisingly, the combinational treatment was also able to suppress the emergence of imatinib-resistant cells. I hope that allicin could be beneficial for cancer patients who may potentially face drug-resistant cells during treatment.”
Lim’s project also took first place in the Cellular & Molecular Biology category. Murphy’s Vanessa Siggers placed third overall with “Goo Be Gone! Cleaning Up Oil Spills with Magnets and Nanotechnology,” which won the Environmental Science Category.
Davidson’s Kelly Blacksher won the Community Innovation Award for “Effects of Ocean Acidification on Oyster Reef Developments,” which also placed second in the Biochemistry category.
Christian Medema of Clark-Shaw won Best in Fair in the Junior (middle school) Division for “Sports Drinks Exposed.” Emily Walker of Clark-Shaw placed second for “Pansy Perspiration,” which also took first place in the Botany category.
Mobile Gas awards went to Jackson Currie of Clark-Shaw for “What R#1,” which also won first place in the Engineering category, and Suhas Patil, also of Clark-Shaw, for “Solar Power Desalination,” which also won first place in Environmental Science.
Other category winners:
Animal science: 1. Sydney Eiland, Davidson, for “Sunny Side Up;” 2. Jackson Reimer, Murphy; 3. Sophia Davis, Davidson; 4. Andrew Ayers, Davidson.
Behavioral & Social Sciences: 1. William Locker, Murphy, for “Attitudes Toward the Gender of Political Candidates: A Comparison of Young and Old Voters;” 2. Lauren Fairley, Davidson; 3. Marian Harmon, Davidson; 4. Ryan Langhinrichsen, Murphy.
Biochemistry: 1. Nandita Dey, Davidson, for “The Effect of Bitter Melon (Momordica charantia) on Melanoma Cancer Cells in Vitro;” 2. Kelly Blacksher, Davidson; 3. Robert Browning, Davidson.
Cellular & Molecular Biology: 1. Jamie Lim, Murphy, for “The Synergistic Effect of Imatinib and Allicin: A Potential Therapeutic for BCR-ABL 1-Positive Leukemia;” 2. Tanvi Bhadkamkar, Davidson; 3. Bahar Adavoody, Murphy.
Chemistry: 1. Graham Golden, Davidson, for “To What Extent are Different Fruits able to Chelate Metals out of Polluted Water?” 2. Madeleine Forbes, Davidson; 3. Julie Dees, Davidson.
Computer Science: 1. Michael Williams, Davidson, for “Privy to Privacy;” 2. Claude Hall, Davidson; 3. Haley Harrell, Davidson; 4. Aarad Ashraf, Davidson.
Earth Sciences: 1. Tony Le, Davidson, for “Reduce Soil Erosion using Starch and Biopolymer Solutions;” 2. Ann Camille Poirier, Davidson.
Energy & Transportation: 1. Taylor Emmertson, Davidson, for “The Effect of Increasing Electrolyte Concentrations on Dye-sensitized Solar Cells;” 2. Rupa Palanki, Davidson.
Engineering: Electrical & Mechanical: 1. Nicholas Henry, Davidson, for “Traffic Jam;” 2. Alexandria Elmore, Davidson; 3. Tyler Tannehill, Davidson; 4. Harrison Hanks, Davidson.
Engineering: Materials & Bioengineering: 1. Asher Simmons, Davidson, for “Which Structural Geometric Design Allows for the Stronger Building?” 2. Blake Williamson, Davidson; 3. Sean McKinney, Murphy; 4. Jamie Newsome, Davidson.
Environmental Management: 1. Daveenyah Primm, Davidson, for “Effectiveness of Synthetic vs. Organic Pesticides;” 2. Cora Potts, Davidson; 3. Blake Stanley, Davidson.
Environmental Science: 1. Vanessa Siggers, Murphy, for “Goo Be Gone! Cleaning Up Oil Spills with Magnets and Nanotechnology;” 2. Christopher Lunsford, Davidson; 3. Jordan Werneth, Murphy.
Mathematical Sciences: 1. Manni Doan, Davidson, for “Using Racial Properties in Media Advertisements to Determine Political Bias;” 2. Michael Pillen, Davidson.
Medicine and Health: 1. Brooklyn Massey, Davidson, for “The Effects of Technology on the Older Population in Maintaining Medications Easily;” 2. Rohan Badve, Davidson; 3. Kiara Gamble, Davidson; 4. Kourtlyn Harris, Murphy.
Microbiology: 2. Jennifer Mulholland, Murphy; 3. Paul Lockett, Murphy.
Physics & Astronomy: 1. Ross Jordan, Davidson, for “Application of Snell’s Law to Water Purity;” 2. Isabella Elortegui, Murphy; 3. Olivia McGowan, Davidson.
Plant Sciences: 1. Cailyn Clemons, Davidson, for “How Generous Will a Plant Be?” 2. Zachary Harrelson, Davidson; 3. Hansen Hathorn, Davidson.
Behavioral & Social Sciences: 2. Nathan Wallace, Clark-Shaw; 3. Carson Jones, Clark-Shaw.
Botany: 1. Emily Walker, Clark-Shaw, for “Pansy Perspiration;” 2. Ansley Duke, Clark-Shaw; 3. Priya Naiker, Phillips Prep; 4. Morgan Hampton, Clark-Shaw.
Chemistry: 1. Adam Gooch, Clark-Shaw, for “The Fresh Prints of Bel-Air;” 3. Lane Stefurak, Clark-Shaw.
Earth and Space Science: 1. Zachary Stutsman, Clark-Shaw, for “How Meanders Affect Stream Erosion;” 3. Alexis Taylor, Clark-Shaw; 3. Matthew Alexander, Phillips Prep.
Engineering: 1. Jackson Currie, Clark-Shaw, for “What R#1;” 2. Julia Solano, Clark-Shaw; 3. Kyle Peterson, Clark-Shaw.
Environmental Science: 1. Suhas Patil, Clark-Shaw, for “Solar Power Desalination;” 2. Kayleigh Freeman, Clark-Shaw; 4. Cara Lanier, Phillips Prep.
Math & Computers: 1. Hannah Patterson, Clark-Shaw, for “Algebraic Hot Spots;” 2. Spencer Purdy, Phillips Prep; 3. Aiham Alhmoud, Clark-Shaw.
Medicine & Health: 1. Isabell Fillmore, Clark-Shaw, for “The Air We Breathe;” 2. Zachary Nameniuk, Clark-Shaw; 3. Justin Stewart, Clark-Shaw.
Physical Science: 1. Michael Gurganus, Clark-Shaw, for “How Efficient is the Yeti Cup?” 2. Russell Person, Clark-Shaw; 3. Jacob Auld, Phillips Prep; 4. Christian Medema, Clark-Shaw.
Zoology: Cindy Nguyen, Phillips Prep, for “To the Beat of my Daphnia;” 2. Makensey Alford, Phillips Prep; 3. Sophia Darrough, Clark-Shaw.