Joshua Choe ’16 has been named a national finalist in the prestigious Intel Science Talent Search and is the only finalist representing Texas. The STS reviewed research projects from more than 1,750 entrants before naming 300 semifinalists. From there, only 40 finalists were selected to visit Washington, D.C. in March to compete for more than $1 million in awards. In Washington, Joshua will interact with preeminent scientists and national leaders, display his research to the public at the National Geographic Society, and attend a black-tie gala featuring keynote speaker Neil deGrasse Tyson.
Joshua’s research project is titled Identification and Characterization of GLUT1 as a Potential Diagnostic Biomarker and Therapeutic Target for Lung Squamous Cell Carcinoma. This research may contribute to early diagnosis of and novel treatments for lung cancer.
“Although much research into lung cancer and possible treatments are being investigated, not much focus has been given to lung squamous cell carcinoma,” Joshua wrote in his research report summary. “Therefore, in this study we attempted to identify a protein crucial to the proliferation of lung squamous cell carcinoma.”
Now in its 75th year, the Intel Science Talent Search is considered the nation’s oldest and most prestigious science competition. It was once even referred to by President George H. W. Bush as the “Super Bowl of Science.” Past STS alumni include several Nobel Prize finalists and winners.
For the past few years, Joshua has volunteered after school at a graduate-level research lab at the University of Texas at Dallas, earning a co-authorship on a research paper. He was also featured in the most recent issue of The Pride alumni magazine. Joshua was also featured by UTD on their website.
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