Ailis is a sophomore at Carmel High School in Carmel, California. From the time she was a sea turtle-loving toddler, awestruck by the wonders of the Monterey Bay Aquarium or Zion National Park, she has interacted with the world around her through a lens of inquiry. Her insatiable curiosity took her to the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair as a freshman in high school, and she is currently investigating a new class of novel, algae-derived amino acids for potential application in the prevention and treatment of the world’s most fatal cancer, lung carcinoma, with promising results. Ailis is also passionate about marine conservation and environmental education, and is a Teen Conservation Leader at the Monterey Bay Aquarium. In her spare time, she enjoys hiking, sipping iced chai with friends, and teaching and playing clarinet. She completed the 230 mile John Muir Trail as a 13 year old backpacker, and summitted the highest peak in the continental United States with her family. For Ailis, science is all about asking questions, being creative, and thinking about things in new ways.