Lansdale High School Student Honored for Cancer Research - DC News FOX 5 DC WTTG

Lansdale High School Student Honored for Cancer Research

Posted: Updated:
Lijia Xie has spent the last two summers working in a Doylestown lab with his mentor, Dr. Ying Hsiu Su. Lijia Xie has spent the last two summers working in a Doylestown lab with his mentor, Dr. Ying Hsiu Su.
LANSDALE, Pa. -

Lijia Xie hasn't even finished high school yet and already he's responsible for important research in the fight against cancer.

"I developed a urine test that detects liver cancer with 90 percent accuracy," said Xie.

The North Penn High School student has spent the last two summers working in a Doylestown lab with his mentor, Dr. Ying Hsiu Su. His mother's battle with breast cancer drove him to work extra hard on the cancer study.

"My mom was going through chemotherapy at the time so that made it more personal for me, I was driven to try and do something what little I could."

That little in his mind turned out to be very big. Lijia was a finalist in the Siemens competition in math, science, and technology and then he received a Davidson fellowship that includes $25,000 for college.

While his research is far from over and numerous clinical trials must be done before his test can be used on patients, Lijia is very grateful and optimistic about his data.

"I'm extremely blessed. I've been provided with a lot of opportunity to do what I can do."

There is more to Lijia than just math and science. He's also co-captain of his high school tennis team, he loves music and plays several instruments and - no surprise - he can also sing.

  • Local NewsMore>>

  • Police: SUV Disregards Red Light, Hits Tractor Trailer Into Mayfair Home

    Police: SUV Disregards Red Light, Hits Tractor Trailer Into Mayfair Home

    Thursday, August 28 2014 8:53 PM EDT2014-08-29 00:53:41 GMT
    Police say an SUV collided into a tractor trailer, which caused the tractor trailer to crash into a house on the 6300 block of Farnsworth Street in Mayfair around 7 p.m. on Thursday.
    Police say an SUV collided into a tractor trailer, which caused the tractor trailer to crash into a house on the 6300 block of Farnsworth Street in Mayfair around 7 p.m. on Thursday.
  • NICE FRIDAY

    Thursday, August 28 2014 8:47 PM EDT2014-08-29 00:47:30 GMT

    The holiday weekend is looking warmer and unsettled. Shower and thunderstorm chances increaselate Sunday and Labor Day.

    Fantastic Friday

    Friday features lots of sunshine and more low humidity. Pleasant northerly breeze. Cool morning lows in the upper 50s/low 60s. Afternoon high of 81.

    The holiday weekend is looking warmer and unsettled. Shower and thunderstorm chances increaselate Sunday and Labor Day.

    Friday (81/60): Sun

    Saturday (83/64): Sun/Clouds

    Sunday (89/69): Clouds/Storm

    Monday (90/71): Clouds/Storm

    Tuesday (91/71): Clouds/Storm

     

  • Police: Man Shot, Robbed Of 70K In Grocery Store Parking Lot

    Police: Man Shot, Robbed Of 70K In Grocery Store Parking Lot

    Thursday, August 28 2014 8:29 PM EDT2014-08-29 00:29:27 GMT
    Philadelphia police say a man was shot and robbed when he pulled into the parking lot of the Pathmark on the 2100 block of Bleigh Avenue in Northeast Philadelphia just after 6 p.m. on Thursday.
    Philadelphia police say a man was shot and robbed when he pulled into the parking lot of the Pathmark on the 2100 block of Bleigh Avenue in Northeast Philadelphia just after 6 p.m. on Thursday.
Powered by WorldNow
Untitled

WTTG FOX 5 & myfoxdc
5151 Wisconsin Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20016
Main Number: (202) 244-5151
Newsroom: (202) 895-3000
fox5tips@wttg.com

Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | New Terms of Service What's new | Ad Choices