James Iansavitchous

B-ALL Leukemia Treatment: Exploiting Dependency on ROS to Prevent Proliferation

A.B. Lucas S.S.

Investigation of genetic alterations in important antioxidant response and repair pathways in leukemic B-cells revealed a dependency in maintaining a state of oxidative stress. N-acetylcysteine effectively prevented rapid growth of the cells through reactive oxygen species scavenging, a safer mechanism than existing treatments. With established uses in the healthcare system, N-acetylcysteine can be efficiently repurposed for B-cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia treatment.

Excellence Award – Senior Bronze Medal
Western University – $1000 Entrance Scholarship
University of Ottawa  – $1000 Entrance ScholarshipSponsor:
University of Ottawa Undergraduate Research Scholarship Award



My name is James Iansavitchous and I am a grade 11 student attending A.B. Lucas Secondary School. Apart from participating in science fairs, I also regularly write national and international math contests. I enjoy playing chess, and am actively involved in teaching chess to younger kids, organizing tournaments, as well as competing at provincial level competitions myself. In school, I am involved with our HOSA chapter, chess club, and Science Olympics club. Taking concepts learned in the classroom and applying them motivated me to work in a lab setting. With this project, I hope to further investigate effective routes of treatment for n-acetylcysteine in B-ALL.