One of our Year 11 students, Jerica, has a keen interest in STEM. Recently, she participated in the QUT High School STEM Internships program which offers students a placement in different STEM workplaces to explore future career ambitions. During the Term 2 holidays, Jerica joined researchers at the Australian Prostate Cancer Research Centre Queensland (APCRC-Q) placement for five days at the Translation Research Institute (TRI). The research focussed on the metabolism of prostate cancer (PCa) cells.
As well as this, Jerica also participated in SPARQ-ed, an intensive five-day program that offers biomedical enrichment activities to Queensland students at the TRI. During the Term 3 holidays, Jerica had the opportunity to work on a research project provided by Dr Timothy Wells which focussed on cloaking antibodies. The investigation aimed to analyse the inhibitory or promotive effect of antibodies specific to lipopolysaccharides on P. aeruginosa.
Well done, Jerica - we can't wat to see what you do next!