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York U chemistry student Bach Kim Nguyen may change the way we diagnose diseases in generations to come. Her project using gold nanoparticles one ten‐thousandth the width of a human hair to detect genetic material could provide early diagnosis of many diseases and dramatically reduce wait‐times and costs.

Nguyen says, “Actively engaging in research has opened my eyes to how novel ideas can materialize into scientific innovations that have the potential to make a difference in the world.” She was a finalist in the fifth annual Sunnybrook Research Institute research competition, inspiring other students in physical sciences and engineering disciplines across the country.

“I have always wanted to pursue a career in dentistry or medicine,” Nguyen says, “but this entire experience has shown me that conducting research is another meaningful way to contribute to healthcare.”