“It was really satisfying because I had worked for a year on
this,” said Angel, who will be attending medical school at Ohio
State University this fall. “It was nice being able to present
it to a scientific community who appreciates it.”
native of Toledo, Angel’s family owns the popular Mi Hacienda
restaurant in the Toledo area.
The Sigma Xi Student Research Showcase is a competition for
virtual research presentations in science and engineering. The
research project must include a personal video, abstract,
technical slide presentation and discussion between judges and
To enter the competition, Angel submitted her work as a Tumblr
page with a PowerPoint presentation and YouTube video. For one
week, 10 judges asked her questions about her work and she
defended the research.
Her research, which lasted for about one year, focused on
glioblastomas.. Patients with this type of stage-four brain
tumor typically live about 14 months beyond diagnosis.
Angel’s work focused on a particular protein called hGBP-1 and
its involvement in resistance to standard treatments for the
tumor, according to the university’s press release. During her
research Angel looked at the effects of adding more of the
protein, which she found did not affect the treatment.
Another student will replace Angel in the lab during the next
stage of the research and investigate the effects of moving the
protein, school officials said. Angel said she plans to return
to the University of Toledo during the summers and continue the
research she started.
“It was a really great accomplishment knowing that what I was
doing was worth something,” she said.
To see Angel’s research, visit