Anika Chebrolu is from Frisco, Texas, and she is known as the top young scientist in the United States.
She told KTVT: “It’s exciting. I’m still trying to handle everything.”
As an eighth grader, Chebrolu won the 3M Young Scientist Challenge for his work on potential drugs for the treatment of COVID-19.
She said: “I developed this molecule, which can bind to a certain protein on the SARS-CoV-2 virus. By binding to the protein, it will stop the function of the protein.”
Chebrolu began to study ways to fight seasonal flu, but like many professional scientists, when the COVID-1
She said that the scope of the pandemic and stories about people suffering inspired her work. She also praised her grandfather for pushing her to flourish in the field of science.
“Grandfather, when I was young, he always pushed me to science. He was actually a professor of chemistry. He always told me to study the periodic table and learn all about science over time. Just Fall in love with it.”
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