Anika

A 14-year-old Indian-USA girl has been awarded $25000 for her potential research to find treatment for COVID9.

A 14-year-old Indian-USA girl has been awarded $25000 for her potential research to find treatment for COVID9. The girl, named Anika Chebrolu, also won the 2020 3M Young Scientist Challenge for her discovery that could provide a potential drug to COVID-19.

Anika Chebrolu from Frisco, Texas won the challenge for using in-silico methodology to discover the lead molecule that selectively attaches to the spike protein on the SARS-CoV-2 virus. 

Talking to CNN, the 14-year-old Anika said that she noted the hype about her invention and it reflects the “collective hopes to end this pandemic”. Anika also said that like everyone else across the globe, she too hopes that lives could go back to normal.

As the report suggests, Anika had submitted her project when she was in grade 8. However, it was not always going to be focussed on finding a cure to  COVID-19 because initially, she aimed at using the same in-silico methodology to identify the main compound that could bind to a protein of the influenza virus.  

But eventually, after researching about pandemics, viruses, and drug discovery, the 14-year-old said that it was “crazy to think” that she was actually going to live through a global health crisis.

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