The Student of the Month for September is Tasnia Nabil, a Grade 11 student at Vincent Massey Secondary School.
An outstanding student with a passion and talent for science, Tasnia won a silver medal at the Canada-Wide Science Fair as a Grade 9 student in 2014, showcasing her project of increasing the efficiency of residential solar collectors by improving their capacity to heat water. That project won gold at the regional science fair in Windsor.
Tasnia’s solar panel research involved the use of microscopic nanoparticles and she has since adapted this method, called ferromagnetic nanotherapy, to treat cancer cells. This spring, she was one of 12 students who competed at the regional competition of the prestigious Sanofi Biogenius Canada science fair where she demonstrated her research. The benefit of this cancer treatment is that it would be applied locally so it would be minimally invasive and without negative health effects. When all the factors are optimal, she has shown that ferromagnetic nanotherapy can kill 88% of breast cancer cells in less than one hour. In her ongoing research, she collaborates with the London Health Sciences Center where she travels biweekly to use its labs to test her research.
Tasnia is also involved in Massey’s Science Olympiad and Robotics Team and excels at math and engineering. Her goal is to become a biomedical researcher and ultimately wants to find a cure for cancer. Given Tasnia’s passion, talent and partnerships in the science community, she is well on her way to achieving her goals.
Congratulations Tasnia on being selected by Student Senate as the Student of the Month for September.