A 14-year-old in Frisco, Texas has won a prestigious national award for a scientific breakthrough related to the SARS-COV 2 virus, which causes the Covid-19 illness. WFAA published an article on the brilliant Anika Chebrolu, the winner of the 3M Young Scientist Challenge. In it, they say,
“Chebrolu first came across the in-silico method for drug discovery, which uses software and databases instead of lab testing, in the 8th grade at Nelson Middle School in Frisco. She quickly pivoted from researching influenza to researching the molecule that could inhibit the protein behind COVID-19 for her 3M competition.”
Anika Chebrolu originally centered her research on common influenza, as she told CNN in an article they published online but changed focus to something related to it, but more pressing, Covid-19.
” ‘After spending so much time researching about pandemics, viruses, and drug discovery, it was crazy to think that I was actually living through something like this,’ Anika said. ‘Because of the immense severity of the Covid-19 pandemic and the drastic impact it had made on the world in such a short time, I, with the help of my mentor, changed directions to target the SARS-CoV-2 virus.’ “
This Frisco native, who has gained both national respect and recognition from the scientific community also took home a well-deserved $25,000 prize for her research.