Modeling Gut Microbiome using 3D Microfluidics for Cancer Detection
Ekansh Mittal
Beaverton, Oregon
2020 Finalist
Meadow Park Middle School
14100 SW Downing St
Beaverton, OR 97006-5800
8th grade | 13 years old
Meet Ekansh. Ekansh developed a microfluidic device that mimics conditions of the gut microbiome to help test the relationship between bacteria and cancer, as well as new treatments against the disease-causing microorganisms and cancer cells.
Why did you enter the Young Scientist Challenge?
I entered the 3M Young Scientists Challenge for the possibility of learning from a 3M Scientist Mentor to improve my current research and also learning the skills further that I could use for my future research.
What is your favorite invention of the last 100 years, and why?
My favorite invention of the last 100 years is the ventilator. This tool, originally called the “Iron Lung”, was invented in 1928 to help polio patients whose lungs had been crippled by the virus. It created a negative vacuum around the body to force the ribs and lungs to expand (inhale), and then passively let the body exhale. At first, students used to manually squeeze a bag to simulate breathing. Later, during the 1952 polio epidemic in Copenhagen, this system was optimized to blow air directly into the lungs and then passively exhaled. From this point on, it was called the ventilator and changed Intensive Care and medical history forever. In fact, this machine extended the lives of some patients by more than 20 years and gave another chance of amazing life. In times of COVID19, highlights the significance of Ventilators.
In 15 years I hope to be...
completing my education, including a Ph.D. and be working as a researcher in the field of biomedicine and hope to have found a cure of a disease like cancer or COVID19 that devastatingly affects a vast population of people.
Just do your best in everything you do, that will bring the best out of you and then the best of the world will come to you.
Ekansh Mittal