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UAHS student gains national, international recognition for scientific research

Leon W. at a science fairUpper Arlington High School student Leon W. has gained recognition on the national and international level for his research in the fields of microbiology and cellular biology.

Leon, who is entering his senior year at the high school, was published in February in The Journal of Emerging Investigators for his research on phage therapy as an alternative to antibiotics. “The journey from starting the project to publication took more than two years,” he shared, “but it was a very rewarding process.”

In the spring, Leon was also one of 21 Ohio students selected to attend the International Science and Engineering Fair in Phoenix, Arizona. His project looked into new ways through which tRNA retrograde import could be studied. 

“I am continuously impressed with Leon's work ethic, specifically in his independent research,” said Kathryn Ward, his Honors Science adviser at the high school. “His ability to present and explain his work so fluently to others speaks to the level of understanding, commitment to scientific research, and passion for sharing his work that rivals professionals in the field. We are all so, so proud of him.”

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