Tori Chen

Tori Chen
Gene Therapy: A Treatment for Diabetic Cardiomyopathy
A.B. Lucas S.S.

Diabetes affects 425 million people globally and is dangerous because it causes many illnesses, called diabetic complications; the most severe of which is diabetic cardiomyopathy, disease of the heart. Diabetic cardiomyopathy occurs when diabetes causes cell signalling errors in blood vessels of the heart. In my project, I used an up-and-coming cancer treatment (microRNA-9) to prevent diabetic cardiomyopathy.

Award Value
Excellence Award – Senior
Gold Medal
Sponsor: Youth Science Canada
Western University Scholarship
Gold Medallist – $4000 Entrance Scholarship
Sponsor: Western University
$4000
Carleton University Entrance Award
Gold Medallist – $4000 Entrance Scholarship
Sponsor: Carleton University
$4000
Dalhousie University Faculty of Science Entrance Scholarship
Gold Medallist – $5000 Entrance Scholarship
Sponsor: Dalhousie University
$5000
UBC Science (Vancouver) Entrance Award
Gold Medallist – $4000 Entrance Scholarship
Sponsor: University of British Columbia
$4000
University of Manitoba Entrance Scholarship
Gold Medallist – $5000 Entrance Scholarship
Sponsor: University of Manitoba
$4000
University of Ottawa Entrance Scholarship
Gold Medallist – $4000 Entrance Scholarship
Sponsor: University of Ottawa
$4000
Challenge Award – Health
Senior
Sponsor: Youth Science Canada

Biography

Tori Chen is a grade 11 student in London, Ontario. The things she loves most in the world are home-cooked meals and spending time with animals. During her free time, she can be found volunteering at her local cat shelter or working on art projects. Her passions lie in the arts and sciences; she loves all visual arts, especially photography and painting. At school, she plays the flute in orchestra band and is part of the music council; she studied piano at the grade 9 level and has won many solo competitions. In terms of sports, she has participated in volleyball, soccer, curling, and badminton teams. She also has a background in drama, playing lead roles in two elementary school plays, and was casted in her school’s rendition of Hamlet. Tori has a strong English background, achieving the gifted English award at her school in grade 9 and 10; she also participated in many math competitions, winning the top score in her schools from grade 4 to 7 in the Byron-Germain, Fibonacci, Pythagoras, and Gauss Math Competition. With great interest in medical science and microbiology, Tori wishes to pursue a career in medicine or veterinary science.