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    PHS Students Place Third in UC Berkeley Bioengineering Competition

    2024 Left to right: Josephine Oesterer, Jamie Schwarz, Jeremy Tuan, Mark Hsia, and Miles Antaya



    On April 6, three teams of PHS students competed in the BioEHSC (Bioengineering High School Competition), an annual high school bioengineering competition run by the UC Berkeley Bioengineering Honor Society. PHS competed against 50 national and California teams including entries from top schools across the Bay Area.









    2024 PHS competition participants left to right: Ayaan Jajodia, Max Gaylord, Beck Peterson, Ann Reardon, Mark Hsia, Jamie Schwarz, Josephine Oesterer, Jeremy Tuan, Genevieve Hiller, Emmett Baldwin, Logan Watral, Aman Jajodia, Inaya Majid.

    According to their website, the BioEHSC is a research and design competition in which teams define a biological problem, complete research, and then propose an engineering solution to the problem. The teams were sponsored by AP Biology teacher Shelley Seto-Rosen and were each matched with a UC Berkeley Bioengineering mentor. Seven weeks of preparation culminated in an in-person competition on the UC Berkeley campus consisting of a video submission, a poster session, an academic presentation, and an industry pitch. 








    2023 Left to right: Jamie Schwarz, Josephine Oesterer, Mark Hsia, Jeremy Tuan, and Miles Antaya

    Seniors Josephine Oesterer, Jamie Schwarz, Jeremy Tuan, Mark Hsia, and Miles Antaya competed last year, adding a 3rd place finish to the 2nd place that they earned last year. This is PHS’s most successful team to date. 




    The titles of this year’s projects:

    Electric Stimulation of Arbuscular Mycorrhizal Fungi to Increase Mycelia-Plant Mutualism 

    Josephine Oesterer, Jamie Schwarz, Jeremy Tuan, Mark Hsia, and Miles Antaya

    Creating Accessible Treatment for Erythrodermic Psoriasis with a Transdermal Microneedle Methotrexate (TdMnM) Patch

    Genevieve Hiller, Logan Watral, Aman Jajodia, Inaya Majid, Emmett Baldwin

    Idebenone Eye Drops as a Novel Treatment for Open Angle Glaucoma

    Anne Reardon, Ayaan Jajodia, Beck Peterson, Elsa Rivera, and Maeve Gaylord



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