Demetri Maxim ’16 Takes Home $7,500 from Intel Science Talent Search
Breaking news: Senior Demetri Maxim, one of 40 finalists invited to this week’s prestigious Intel Science Talent Search, has won $7,500.
Taken from the Bangor Daily News: “Maxim developed a process for growing kidney cells from human pluripotent stem cells, which he hopes will one day eliminate the need for donor kidneys for transplantation. His project previously was named the best in the cellular and molecular biology category at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) in Pittsburgh in May.”
Inspired by his mother’s struggle with kidney disease, Demetri first created a lab in his kitchen where he began the experiments that would lead to inventing a patent-pending device to detect when a patient is rejecting a transplanted kidney. Demetri spoke to this back in November during his TedxDirigo talk:
In addition to ISEF, Demetri received the top prize for his work at the Maine State Science Fair last spring (his second consecutive win) and plans to compete in this year’s event. He has presented his work at several scientific conferences and continues his kidney disease research at the Jackson Laboratory in Bar Harbor, Maine.