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Team:OLS Canmore Canada/TheTeam

TEAM MEMBERS

Our team this year is comprised of eleven amazing, enthusiastic, and hardworking highschool students who have a common passion for science and helping to change the world!

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Elian Dupre

Prototyping Team Leader

My name is Elian Dupre, and I'm 17 years old in Grade 12 at Our Lady of the Snows Catholic Academy. I was born in Cuba (yes, I can speak Spanish!) and have been in Canmore for 13 years. I have two pilot's licenses and love to fly on the weekends. My pass-time hobbies include coding and video games. After high school I look to becoming an aerospace engineer. I joined iGEM to make a difference in the world, and love every bit of it!

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Pranavi Thota

SynBio Wetlab Team Leader

Hey! My name is Pranavi Thota, I am 17 years old and in Grade 12 at Our Lady of the Snows Catholic Academy. I was born in India and moved to Canada when I was one. I like to paint, dance, take pictures(nature photography), listen to music, hangout with friends and watch movies. I am a science geek. I love the sciences and have an interest in pursuing the sciences. Synthetic biology is very interesting and had grabbed my attention very quickly when I found out my school had an iGEM team. I love learning about the small world of cells and what they can do to solve a problem when you manipulating their DNA. Such a small bacteria can solve such a huge problem. I joined the team to solve a huge problem with science.

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Faith Fletcher

Outreach Team Leader

Hello, my name is Faith Fletcher and I am 16 years old. I am in grade 11 at Our Lady of the Snows Academy. Some of my hobbies include hanging out with friends, going to the movies and singing. My friends and family truly mean the world to me. I also play many school sports and I love to travel. I am also a lifeguard at our local pool. I love Synthetic Biology and I have always been fascinated by our world and all the sciences behind it. This curiosity and fascination are what lead me to join this team.

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Anya Morgan

Prototyping Co-Ed Team Leader

Hi! My name is Anya, I’m 15 years old, and I’m in grade 10 at OLS. I moved to Canada from England when I was five. I am a para-alpine ski racer, computer geek, and master in the art of making life hard for myself. I joined iGEM because I am passionate about science and want to do something to help solve the problems in our world. When not in the lab (or various associated Google Docs), I can be found arguing with people (I’m a debater), playing with my two Labradors, and watching science videos on YouTube.

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Rahul Sharma

Logistics Team Leader

Hey, My name is Rahul Sharma and I am a grade 12 student currently attending OLS. I was born in Regina, Saskatchewan and moved to Canmore 13 years ago. I love to play sports, play video games (I love fortnite!!!), and love learning new things. I am very interested in synthetic biology due to its innovation and I am passionate in STEM. I am also a very passionate sports fan and hopefully end in career in sports and also involves science and hopefully make a difference in the world!

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Adrianna Domingo

iGEM Team Leader

Heyo! My name is Adrianna Domingo and I’m 15 years old and in grade 11 at our Lady of the Snows Catholic Academy. My main hobbies consist of playing school sports suchs as volleyball, basketball and handball, hanging with friends, reading books, listening to music and going to the movies. Strangely enough I actually enjoy school, especially the sciences. For this reason I chose to participate in iGEM and I also love the idea of trying to make the world a better place. It’s amazing that I have been given this opportunity to make a difference, especially for someone my age, and I just couldn't pass up the chance to be apart of this team!

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Jenna Murphy

iGEM Team Leader

Hey! My name is Jenna Murphy, I am 16 years old and in grade 11. I am a competitive Highland Dancer had have competed in championships all over the world. I got my dance teaching certification last year and now work with a number of young dancers. Besides dance, my interests include running track and field, biking and science. I joined my school’s iGEM team because I have always had an interest in science and plan on a science-based career once I have finish High School. Having lived in Canmore my whole life, I hold the natural environment in very high regard. I was very excited that our project has the potential to make an amazing difference in our global environment by reducing the plastics that end up in landfills.

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Avi Lamb

Wetlab Co-Ed Team Leader

Hello! My name is Avi Lamb, I am 15 years old and in grade 11. I have been a competitive swimmer for 10 years and love the water, especially the ocean. I was born in England and moved to Canada at the age of 5. Because I live in the mountains I am constantly surrounded by nature, and being in the environment you become more aware of the effect of pollution and specifically plastic pollution. I am very passionate about helping the environment and reducing the harmful waste that people are creating. This is why I decided to join iGem, I wanted to create a change and help the environment in anyway I could.

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Sonia Maier

Team Member

My name is Sonia Maier, I am 16 years old and in grade 11. My hobbies include swimming, dancing, surfing, freediving and scuba diving. I have 6 different diving certifications through PADI and I have spent more than a day underwater diving. With our team focussing on plastics and the effect that they have on our environment I felt a strong connection to our project. Along with my love for the ocean and nature came my determination to solve issues created by humans in our world. After graduating high school I plan on pursuing a career in Marine Biology.

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Juan Razon

Team Member

Hi! My name is Juan Razon and I am 16 years old in grade 11. I am from the amazing islands of Philippines and I moved to Canada when I was six. My hobbies include playing guitar, listening to music, making amazing coffee, and binge watching TV Shows. I am a big fan of pop music and I consider myself a music enthusiast. I joined iGem because of my interest in the field of biology and my love of trying to make the world a better and happier place. I am an aspiring teacher and I hope that my experiences in iGem, can help further my outlook, understanding of the world, and expand my knowledge. :)

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Ruben Vos de Wael

Team Member

My name is Ruben Vos de Wael and I am 16 in Grade 11. I have always moved from place to place when I was growing up and was able to experience the impact of inefficient and even negligent dealing with recyclables.

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Hayley Finnigan

Volunteer - Graphic Design

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Jessica Puurunen

Teacher / Instructor / Advisor

Hi, My name is Jess Puurunen and I am 37 ¾ years old. I have been a teacher for some time, but a science student for much, much longer (blew things up at daycare, read the periodic table in utero, etc.). I love learning new things, especially with enthusiastic young people. When I’m not in the lab, I am mountain biking, hiking, doing yoga, cooking elaborate meals, chasing my 7-year old around the park, and otherwise loving life!

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Luc Arvisais

Teacher / Instructor / Advisor

I am approaching my 30th year of high school, most of it as a teacher! I plan on staying involved in projects like this as long as awesome students continue to come up with awesome ideas to make our world a better place.