Wednesday, September 29, 2021

14-yr-old scientist Anika Chebrolu wins $25K prize

Reading Time: 2 minutes

Indian-American teenager Anika Chebrolu has won a $25,000 prize for her work on a potential Covid-19 treatment.

Source: IANS

Along with the prize money, 14-year-old Anika has also been conferred the title of “America’s Top Young Scientist” for winning this year’s 3M Young Scientist Challenge, a middle school science competition in the US.

Her invention uses in-silico methodology for drug discovery to find a molecule that can selectively bind to the spike protein of the SARS-CoV-2 virus in an attempt to find a cure for the Covid-19 pandemic.

Anika, who comes from Frisco, Texas, said that she entered the competition as she has “always been amazed by science experiments” since her childhood, according to 3M.

She said she was originally drawn towards finding effective cures for influenza disease after a severe bout of the infection last year.

But because of the widespread impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, she changed directions to target SARS-CoV-2, the virus responsible for Covid-19, she told CNN.

Source: IANS

Anika Chebrolu said she would like to learn more from 3M scientists to pursue her drug development and with their help and that she would like to conduct in-vitro and in-vivo testing of her lead drug candidate.

The young scientist who finds internet to be the most exciting invention of the past 100 years, hopes to become a medical researcher and professor in the next 15 years.

When she is not pursuing her education or science goals, Anika trains for the Indian classical dance Bharatanatyam, the CNN report said on Monday.


READ ALSO: Indian student wins Pioneer Alumni of the Year award in UK

- Advertisement -

Related Articles


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

- Advertisement -


Ep 9: What do young Indians want from love?

  Growing up in Indian culture, most of us know that love has never been as popular as marriage. Even in the movies, the main...

Ep 8: Indian links in Indigenous Australian poet Ali Cobby Eckermann’s...

  To celebrate NAIDOC week 2020 (between 8-15 November) I spoke to Yakunytjatjara poet Ali Cobby Eckermann about her time in India where she taught...

Ep 7: In the case of Sushant Singh Rajput

  The torrid and high-octane Sushant Singh Rajput case has been fodder for Indian people and press for the last few months. The actor’s tragic death...
- Advertisement -

Latest News

simone ashley bridgerton

WATCH: Bridgerton’s Simone Ashley, Charithra Chandran discuss season 2

  Among many other exciting announcements on Tudum (Netflix’s three-hour video showcase) earlier this week was the unveiling of season 2 of Bridgerton, giving fans...
yash dutt yuva ai

Youth entrepreneur Yash Dutt on this year’s 40 Under 40 list

  You would be hard-pressed to find a more impressive 20-year-old than Yuva AI Founder and CEO, Yash Dutt. Yuva AI creates synthetic data that can...

Your questions about work and vaccinations, answered

  Can my employer force me to get vaccinated? The simple answer is no. The more realistic answer is, it depends.  An employer cannot force...
Shafali Verma and Smriti Mandhana Indian players in wbbl 2021

Indian players in Women’s Big Bash League 2021

  Two-time Women's Big Bash League (WBBL) champions Sydney Sixers have signed up Indian players Shafali Verma and Radha Yadav ahead of seventh season of...

AUSvIND women’s cricket: what we learned from the ODIs

  In an article previewing the Indian Women Cricket Team’s tour of Australia, I proposed that we could be in for a treat. From the...