Tsinglan School Bio Advanced Lab
Oct. 2022~Oct. 2023 (exp.)
I am Mark Song and the thinker of the CAK group. Our group has three group mates: me, Angel Lai, and Cindy Tai.
We are researching anti-microbe (specifically bacteria) using nanoparticles for Chinese traditional herbal medicine.
We are working on DNA sequencing of the bacteria samples we collected from ginseng.
All three of us had the opportunity to participate in the Tsinglan School mentorship program, which aims to connect high school students at Tsinglan School with esteemed professors from top Chinese universities to explore their respective fields of interest. We followed Professor Qian Feng, Vice Dean of the School of Pharmaceutical Science at Tsinghua University, about biomedicine. While Cindy Tai and I were mentored by Professor Qian Feng, Angel Lai worked with another professor specializing in Biology.
Our team officially came together in October 2022, initially focusing on cancer treatment through nanomedicine. However, due to various constraints such as limited time and restricted access to laboratory equipment, we were compelled to modify our research topic to something more feasible: developing antimicrobial applications for Chinese traditional herbal medicine using nanoparticles. We actively engaged in this program and finalized our research topic around December 2022, with guidance from Professor Qian Feng and professionals from various research institutes along the way.
By now, we have successfully obtained ginseng samples from Tibet and extracted bacterial DNA from them. Currently, we are awaiting the procurement of the necessary laboratory equipment to proceed with our experiments.
On December 9, 2022, we presented our project to the entire school, and it was regarded as the most promising and captivating ongoing project at Tsinglan School, attracting guests from x-institute.
We have conducted numerous experiments to assess the effectiveness of the nanoparticles we synthesized, and we have collected a significant amount of data. Based on the current data, it can be deduced that multiple factors play a role in the antibacterial properties of the material. The majority of the experiments have been completed, and assuming there are no inaccuracies in the data, there should be no further experiments required at this stage and we should be able to announce our achievement soon.