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Name: Marshall Zhang
Hails from: Toronto, Canada
Occupation: Student, as in, um, HIGH SCHOOL student
Known for: Possibly discovering a cure for Cystic Fibrosis–or at least laying the groundwork for a breakthrough.
Lemme ‘splain how this went down. Okay, so like me, Marshall Zhang took AP Bio his sophomore year and thought it totally badass.
Alas, this is where our paths diverge: My junior year (it was awhile ago but I still remember quite clearly) I enrolled in Physics and AP Chem, quickly realized I have no place in the elegant world of natural sciences, dropped AP Chem, doodled my way to a B+ in Physics, decided to begin compiling a bitchin’ record collection, declared that “music is my science,” you can figure out the rest.
Zhang decided he needed more than school could offer and asked every professor listed as biochemistry faculty at the University of Toronto if he could work in their labs. Every one said no, except for Dr. Christine Bear, a researcher at the Hospital for Sick Children’s Research Institute in Toronto. Under the tutelage of his mentor, Zhang was able to do advanced research regarding treatment for the incurable Cystic Fibrosis.
Filed under: Canadiasians, Cystic Fibrosis, Discipline, Dr. Christine Bear, High School Students, Huge Leaps In Science, Marshall Zhang, Sanofi-Aventis BioTalent Challenge, Science, SCINet, University Of Toronto