“It’s exciting. I’m still trying to process everything,” she told KTVT.As an eighth grader, Chebrolu won the 3M Young Scientist Challenge for his work on potential medicine for the treatment of COMID-19.
“I have developed this molecule that can bind a certain protein on the SARS-CoV-2 virus. By binding to this protein it will inhibit the protein’s function,” she said.
Chebrolu began working on ways to fight the seasonal flu, but like many professional scientists, his plan changed when the COVID-19 pandemic hit. To find his potential drug, he used several computer programs to find out how and where the molecule would bind to the SARS-CoV-2 virus. It is unclear whether his research has been tested in cells or a living model.
He said that the scope of the epidemic and the stories of the suffering people inspired his work. She also inspires her grandfather to thrive in science.
“My grandfather, when I was younger, he always pushed me towards science. He was really a professor of chemistry, and he always taught me the periodic table of elements and all these things about science and time. Used to learn together. I just grew up loving it. ”
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