Willetton Senior High student to participate in science program with Scitech


Shiya Huang (15) with mentor and research associate at the Lions Eye Institute Danuta Bukowska.
Shiya Huang (15) with mentor and research associate at the Lions Eye Institute Danuta Bukowska.

SCITECH has been selected to participate in the international World Biotech Tour (WBT), an initiative of the Biogen Foundation and the Association of Science-Technology Centres (ASTC).

The WBT is a three-year program where twelve international science centres and museums are selected to highlight biotechnology in everyday life and career pathways.

Multiple activities and events celebrate Biotech’s contribution to the fields of health, medicine, agriculture and energy.

Biotech activities include a virtual reality plant cell from UWA’s Plant Energy Biology, Biorobotics from Curtin University and genetic taste testing activities.

Willetton Senior High School student Shiya Huang (15) is a WA ambassador who, with mentor and research associate at the Lions Eye Institute Danuta Bukowska, completed a project that aimed to understand the correlation between retinal structure and function in relation to two diseases, scotoma and distortion.

The two diseases are the first symptoms of macular disease, one of the most common causes of irreversible blindness in Australia.

They also studied patients with retinal toxicity, a side effect of using the drug hydroxychloroquine, prescribed for the treatment of conditions including rheumatoid arthritis.

In 2016, Scitech will host the WBT alongside Canada’s Montreal Science Centre, the National Museum of Science and Technology Leonardo Da Vinci in Milan, Italy and the National Science Museum of Thailand.

For more information about the WBT at Scitech, visit scitech.org.au.