Ksenia Sevostianov, an eighth-grade student from Sierra Middle School, has been named amongst the 2018 New Mexico Junior Academy of Science competition winners for her research in bone cancer. Her work, titled “Play ‘Spot the Difference’ to Fight Cancer,” can be found in the December 2018, volume 52, edition of the New Mexico Journal of Science, which you can read HERE.

Sevostianov focused her research on studying different inhibitors and proteins that are prevalent in bone cancer cells. Sevostianov’s report took a deeper look into the function of alkaline phosphatases (ALP), and compared how it interacted with other phosphatases. By using the latest software, and data, her objectives included building models for a set of small molecules (inhibitors) that may be used to find potential drugs in order to treat bone cancer.

Ksenia Sevostianov, an eighth-grade student from Sierra Middle School, was among five students from Las Cruces who brought home awards in the New Mexico Science and Engineering Fair held last April. In this photo, she is pictured at the event with Adam Homsi from Centennial High School.

Sevostianov won first place in the Chemistry Junior Division for her project and won first place in the Scientific Paper Competition Junior Division. She was among five students from Las Cruces who brought home awards in the New Mexico Science and Engineering Fair held last April.

Ksenia also won first place in Chemistry and Best in Show for Physical Science at the Southwestern New Mexico Regional Science and Engineering Fair held March 2 at New Mexico State University. She also received some special awards from Yale and Broadcom.

 

“Ksenia’s research in the New Mexico Journal of Science is remarkable,” said Las Cruces Public Schools Superintendent Greg Ewing. “It is wonderful to see our students take an interest in the STEM fields. It is even more rewarding to see more girls every year competing and winning national awards for their profound interest in science. Ksenia has shown an enormous amount of discipline and passion for learning, that I know she will continue to achieve success down the road. We are very proud of her.”

The New Mexico Journal of Science is a publication of the New Mexico Academy of Science. Since 1906, the journal has published research papers and articles deemed of interest to the scientist, educators, and residents of New Mexico.

— Samantha Lewis, LCPS Public Relations Coordinator, 575-527-5946, slewis@lcps.net