Demetri Maxim ’16 Wins Maine Science Fair with Kidney Rejection Test

March 23, 2014


A big congratulations to sophomore Demetri Maxim who took home first prize in the Maine Science Fair for his non-invasive test that detects kidney rejection after transplant.

From the Bangor Daily News:

Writes the Bangor Daily News:

“BANGOR, Maine — Nine years ago, Dimitri Maxim’s [sic] mother, Lefki Michael-Maxim, had a kidney transplant. Since the operation, she has had four biopsies to determine whether her body was rejecting the new kidney, she said. Each time, a piece of the organ was removed.

Dimitri [sic], 16, of Carlisle, Mass., didn’t like seeing his mother suffer, so when he was in eighth grade he set out to, “develop a simple, rapid and noninvasive test in patients such as my mother.”

A year and a half later, Dimitri’s [sic] invention won him first place at the Maine State Science Fair at Bangor High School.

The invention, which the Gould Academy sophomore said he has submitted for a patent, tests the level of protein in a patient’s blood by inducing a reaction between the blood and other chemicals in a tiny test tube. The color of the liquid in the tube after the reaction indicates whether there is an abnormal level of protein in the blood, a sign that the patient could be rejecting a transplant or have another disease. Other similar mechanisms exist, but Dimitri said his works faster and is cheaper to make.

Michael-Maxim said her son’s genes come from his great-great-grandfather, Hiram Maxim, a Mainer who invented the first portable, automatic machine gun.

Dimitri [sic] was one of 150 students from 12 Maine high schools to participate in the science fair on Saturday. The fair was sponsored and organized by the Jackson Laboratory and judged by scientists from that facility, Husson University, the University of Maine and other institutions.”


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