Anika Chebrolu, an Indian-American descent, has been awarded $ 25,000 (Rs. 18.34 lakhs per Indian rupee) for her research to find a cure for coronavirus. As reported by CNN , Anika Chebrolu, a resident of Texas, has won the 2020 3M Young Scientist Challenge for her work on a potential drug to treat COVID-19. Please tell, currently Anika’s age is 14 years.
The student has developed a molecule that can bind a certain protein of the coronavirus and prevent it from functioning.
According to ABC News , Anika said “I have developed this molecule that can bind a certain protein on the SARS-CoV-2 virus. By binding it to the protein it will inhibit the protein’s function.”
Anika did not always focus on coronaviruses. When the year began, she was working on ways to fight the seasonal flu. But as soon as the country came under the grip of world epidemic, its plan changed.
To find a potential drug for highly infectious viruses, Kanika used several computer programs to determine how and where the molecule would attach to the SARS-CoV-2 virus. Anika used an in-silico method for drug discovery, which could be done to find a molecule that could bind to the spike protein of the SARS-CoV-2 virus in an attempt to find a cure for the COVID-19 pandemic. is.
According to ABC News, it is not clear whether Kanika’s research has been tested on the live model. One day Anika, who hopes to become a medical researcher and professor, said that her grandfather had inspired her interest in science. Kanika said, “When I was younger, he always used to tell me about science. He was a professor of chemistry, and he always told me many things about science. After which my love for science was born. ‘