Gitanjali Rao received the best of fair in Denver Regional Science Fair among all middle schoolers, for her project that created a simple device that can detect onset of prescription addiction using the latest development in human genomics. The solution detects a specific addiction gene protein and antibody, using an automated colorimetry device and an image processing algorithm. She conducted her research in the Cell and Development Biology lab at University of Colorado, Denver and will continue to perform further research, tests and shadow graduate students.
She will be representing our school at the state fair and was nominated for BroadCom Masters, a national science challenge for middle school students. Gitanjali received an invitation from National Academy of Future Physicians and Medical Leaders in June to be a keynote speaker and present the solution in addition to being a delegate for the Congress of Future Medical leaders for the innovation.