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Lillian Tiffany Chin, 17, of Decatur, developed a computer model to test and understand cellular dynamics during wound healing for her Intel Science Talent Search bioengineering project. Lilly's model analyzes collective cell migration, a crucial part of biological processes including tissue repair and wound healing, and accounts for both the internal and external forces that act on a cell. When validated against in vitro wound healing experiments, her sophisticated model effectively simulated many cellular behaviors. She believes her model demonstrates how chemical and mechanical forces impact wound healing. Lilly's next goal is applying her model to study the loss of contact inhibition in metastatic cancer. Lilly attends The Westminster Schools in Atlanta where she serves as president of the Math and Science Olympiad teams, captain of two robotics teams, and vice president of her senior class. An avid violinist since the age of 4, Lilly enjoys spending time exploring local restaurants and collecting coins. She is the daughter of Lih-Shen Chin and Lian Li and recently co-authored a paper titled "Technology-Enhanced Conic Discoveries" that is scheduled for publication in an upcoming issue of Mathematics Teacher.
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