Natalie Ng

2013 International BioGENEius Challenge, First Place Winner

Natalie NgNatalie Ng, a senior from Monta Vista High School in Culperino, CA has won the 2013 International BioGENEius Challenge, a competition for high school students who demonstrate an exemplary understanding of biotechnology through science research projects. Fourteen students from the U.S., Canada and Western Australia competed in this year’s Challenge. Natalie received an award of $7,500.

Winners were announced Tuesday, April 23, 2013 at the keynote luncheon at the 2013 BIO International Convention, the largest global event for the biotechnology industry.

Ng’s project titled, “Advancing Precision Medicine: MicroRNA Prognostic Signatures and Prediction Models for Distant Metastasis-Free Survival in Breast Cancer” won her the challenge.

Students were evaluated on the quality of their research and display, their responses to questions demonstrating their scientific knowledge, and the potential commercial applications of their research.

Please see below for more information regarding Ng’s project in her own words.


The primary objective of my project is to investigate the role miRNAs play in mediating growth, invasiveness, and metastasis of breast cancer cells. I proposed and developed an in-silico miRNA discovery flow to identify prognostic signatures predictive of breast cancer metastasis. Experimental studies were performed to correlate miRNA expression and in-vitro metastatic characteristics.