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2016 RCSB PDB Video Challenge for High School Students

Structural Biology & Diabetes

2016 Video Challenge Awards

Winners | Entries | Judges | Overview | Learning Resources

Note: Videos are intended for communication and not rigorous scientific review.

Congratulations to the 2016 Winners:

Judge's Award First Place: Sweet Signals: Insulin and Glucagon in Diabetes

By Alexis D'Souza, Sruthi Katakam, and Nithilam Subbaian of West Windsor-Plainsboro High School South in Princeton Junction, NJ (Team Advisor: Matthew Foret)

Judge's Award Second Place: A Bird's Eye View of Pathways in You - Structural View of Insulin and Glucagon

By Gabby Stryker and Posy Stoller from La Jolla Country Day School, LaJolla, CA (Team Advisor: Susan Domanico)

Judge's Award Third Place: Types of Diabetes

By Alice Liu, Shayan Gupta, and Himali Patel of East Brunswick High School in East Brunswick, NJ (Team Advisor: Anne Sanelli)

Viewer's Choice Award: It's Me, You, and Glucose

By Amber Figueroa, Kimberly Gardner, Shane Meledathu, and Emily Payamps of McNair Academic High School in Jersey City, NJ (Team Advisor: Chumki Gupta)

2016 Overview

For the third year in a row, the RCSB PDB invited high school students to create short videos that tell a story about the molecular view of sugar metabolism and it’s deficiencies that lead to diabetes. The entries were to focus on of the following topics:

  • Structural view of glucose transport:
  • Structural view of insulin/glucagon synthesis and signaling:
  • Type 1 vs. type 2 diabetes:
  • Complications caused by high blood glucose

Students were tasked to include a visualization/animation of at least one of the molecular structures from the 2016 Video Challenge Featured Structures List, and include a message “Know the risks” about factors contributing to problems with sugar metabolism.

2016 Dates

The video submission opened on March 8, 2016 and concluded on May 29, 2016. Award winners were announced at on June 14, 2016.

2016 Learning Resources

After you select your topic, choose at least one of the structures listed in the table below to help tell your story.

The Guide to Understanding the PDB Data is a helpful resource in understanding the protein structures better.