“It was really satisfying because I had worked for a year on this,” said Angel, who will be attending medical school at Ohio State University this fall. “It was nice being able to present it to a scientific community who appreciates it.”
A native of Toledo, Angel’s family owns the popular Mi Hacienda restaurant in the Toledo area.
The Sigma Xi Student Research Showcase is a competition for virtual research presentations in science and engineering. The research project must include a personal video, abstract, technical slide presentation and discussion between judges and student presenters.
To enter the competition, Angel submitted her work as a Tumblr page with a PowerPoint presentation and YouTube video. For one week, 10 judges asked her questions about her work and she defended the research.
Her research, which lasted for about one year, focused on glioblastomas.. Patients with this type of stage-four brain tumor typically live about 14 months beyond diagnosis.
Angel’s work focused on a particular protein called hGBP-1 and its involvement in resistance to standard treatments for the tumor, according to the university’s press release. During her research Angel looked at the effects of adding more of the protein, which she found did not affect the treatment.
Another student will replace Angel in the lab during the next stage of the research and investigate the effects of moving the protein, school officials said. Angel said she plans to return to the University of Toledo during the summers and continue the research she started.
“It was a really great accomplishment knowing that what I was doing was worth something,” she said.
To see Angel’s research, visit stephmangel.tumblr.com.