• Dr. Herpy

14 Year Old Girl Wins 25K for a Scientific Breakthrough That Could Lead to COVID-19 Cure

In Texas, a fourteen year-old girl, Anika Chebrolu, won the 2020 3M Young Scientist Challenge with her discovery of a binding molecule, which was claimed to be the most effective possibility for a drug to treat COVID-19. The spike protein of SARS-CoV-2 is able to be selectively bound to Chebrolu’s molecule. With the binding of these two, the virus’s entry to the cell is possibly prohibited and would create a target for a drug. Her original plan was to search for a cure for influenza, but when the Coronavirus hit she changed the course of action to focus on the disease. Anika plans to continue her work with the molecule, saying that, “how I develop this molecule further with the help of virologists and drug development specialists will determine the success of these efforts.” If this discovery turns into something bigger, and the molecule can continue to be developed to benefit all people with COVID, it would be a gamechanger in terms of our lives today. With many new breakthroughs in terms of possible ways to stop Coronavirus, I hope that people like Anika share their findings with the world and keep pushing forward in the field.