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(Photo courtesy: Dr. Zach Pearson)

Local Teen Scientist Publishes Award Winning Cancer Research

(Photo courtesy: Dr. Zach Pearson)

San Diego CA— Kainath Kamil a 16-year-old Junior at Mission Vista High School and an intern for Dr. Zach Pearson, a research professor at the San Diego Biomedical Research Institute, published a paper on Neuroblastoma regarding the genetics of patients who go into relapse after Dinutuximab treatment. Neuroblastoma is a brain cancer that commonly presents itself in children under the age of 5.

In 2018, when she first planned the project, she received the Emperor Science Award for her outline along with a $1500 grant to fund her research.

During the summer of 2019, she interned at UCSD and the SD Supercomputer Center spending 8 weeks trying to find genes responsible for Neuroblastoma relapse. Although she did not find the gene, she found many that were NOT responsible. As Thomas Edison said, “I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.”

Now she interns at the San Diego Biomedical Research Institute which is where Dr. Pearson helped her get her findings published. “Kainath is the youngest published intern I have ever had.”

Her paperSearching for Biomarkers of Events in Neuroblastoma Immunotherapy Treatment’ will be published in the December 2019 Issue of the Journal of Emerging Investigators. 

This is the third paper Kainath will publish; her first was summer 2018 on stem cells, and her second was on Microbiology.

“I am immensely proud of her. Hopefully, she will inspire other young minds to explore the realm of science,” wrote Dr. Pearson.