According to the Times Now News website, the girl developed an anti-viral drug for the Coronavirus COVID-19 by studying protein mutations in the Coronavirus.
The site added, for the time being: There is no vaccine or specific antiviral drug that has been proven to prevent or treat the Coronavirus COVID-19, which has so far killed at least 11,148,836 people around the world.
Along with the prize money, Chebrolu has also been named “America’s Best Young Scientist” for winning the M3 Young Scientist Challenge, a prep school science competition in the United States, according to IANS. Her winning invention uses a specific method to help discover a molecule that can Selectively binding to the spike protein of the Coronavirus.
The young scientist said that she participated in the competition because she was “always amazed at scientific experiments” since her childhood.
Anika, from Frisco, Texas, said she was also inspired to find potential treatments for the viruses, after learning about the 1918 flu pandemic as well as learning about how many people die each year in the United States despite annual vaccinations and flu shots.
Chiprolli said, her goal at the beginning was to find an effective treatment for influenza after a severe bout of infection last year, however, she has changed directions to target the Corona virus due to the broad impact of the Covid-19 epidemic.
She added that she would like to know more scientists to follow her drug development and with their help, she plans to conduct an in vitro and in vivo test of her main candidate for the drug.
She emphasized, “After spending a lot of time searching for epidemics and viruses and discovering drugs, and given the enormous danger of the Covid-19 Coronavirus epidemic, and the great impact it has had on the world in such a short time, I helped my teachers change directions to target the Coronavirus.
Anika, who hopes to become a medical researcher and professor in the next 15 years, is also practicing the Indian classical dance “Bharatanatyam” when she is not in the lab or working towards her scientific goals.