Developing a revolutionary early-stage HIV test is no easy task, especially for someone still in her teens. In her talk, Nicole reflects on her experience in research and she found a liberal arts education to be increasingly important in science.
Video production by Kyle Gomes, Ashli Forbes, Joana Lapurga, Zachary Moss, and Marshall Lu.
Nicole is a 12th grade student, currently attending York House in Vancouver. Since her first science fair in grade 8, she was inspired by the other students who actually conducted research in labs. This prompted her to become further involved in her work, competing at the national level, the Canada-wide Science Fair.
As part of a collaboration with Simon Fraser University, Nicole developed an early-stage HIV test when she was in Grade 10, using Isothermic Nucleic Acid Amplification. The test won her first place in the British Columbia 2014 Regional Sanofi BioGENEius Challenge. Nicole also received the Intel Foundation young Scientist Award, and $50,000, from the prestigious Intel International Science and Engineering Fair- the largest international high school science research competition.
Her device is incredibly impressive, a disposable testing device that allows users to receive a near instantaneous response to find out if they are infected.
This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at http://ted.com/tedx