A P.E.I. national science fair winner has found that some micro-organisms in soil can help fight against two common infections.

Shruthi Bandi

Shruthi Bandi of Queen Charlotte School in Charlottetown won gold at the Canada-Wide Science Fair for her project on antibiotics. (Lindsay Carroll/CBC)

Shruthi Bandi, a grade 8 student from Queen Charlotte Intermediate, recently won gold in the junior division of the national science fair. Bandi tested a number of bacteria found in soil against Staph infections and Candida infections, and found some to be effective at fighting them.

"Everyone thinks micro-organisms are bad and they cause diseases, but I wanted to prove that micro-organisms are actually really good and they help fight diseases," said Bandi.

"I found that one of my isolates was able to fight against Staphylococcus aureus and two of my other isolates were able to fight against Candida albicans. I want to continue this experiment further because the results are really intriguing. So it would be cool to develop a drug or medicine that could fight against Staphylococcus aureus."

The bacteria Staphylococcus aureus causes what is commonly known as a staph infection. Candida albicans is a yeast infection.

Bandi also took home $4,000 along with her gold medal from the National science fair.


  • This story previously stated Shruthi Bandi's project was done with a partner. Bandi's 2014 project was done on her own, following up a similar project done in 2013 with a partner.
    May 26, 2014 10:50 AM AT