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BT grad challenges the COVID virus in more ways than one

Maximillian Soltysiak has found himself responding to the COVID-19 virus in more ways than one.

Max, a graduate of Bishop Tonnos Catholic Secondary School and former Student Council President, has just completed his 4th year at the University of Western Ontario, where he studied Genetics and Biochemistry. In the early days of the pandemic Max initiated a volunteer group called the London Volunteer Task Force, which provides no-contact grocery delivery services to those in need of assistance.

In addition, Max has been involved in research on the COVID-19 virus itself. For the past few years, he has been working in two biology research labs conducting genome studies of the COVID-19 virus and has co-authored many scientific articles. Max has been able to further our understanding of the biology of the virus, as well as highlighting the consequences of this pandemic on communities with the Volunteer Task Force.

Max is moving on to Harvard University this fall to enter the PhD program there.

Good luck Max, we are all proud of your accomplishments.

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BT grad challenges the COVID virus in more ways than one