FRISCO, Texas (CBSDFW.COM) – A Texan is working to find a possible cure for COVID-19… that’s not so unusual. The fact that the researcher is 14-years-old and is now being recognized nationally, well that’s a little different.

Anika Chebrolu, a student at Independence High School in Frisco, recently won the 3M Young Scientist Challenge and $25,000.

“I developed this molecule that can bind to a certain protein on the SARS COVID-2 virus,” Chebrolu explained. “This protein by binding to it it will stop the function of the protein… I started with a database of over 682 million compounds.”

The 14-year-old was only in middle school when she entered the contest months ago and originally planned her project to involve the seasonal flu. She later changed it to COVID-19 and says she was driven by the scope of the pandemic and the people who were suffering.

“We just always have this constant fear who’s going to be affect by the coronavirus,” Chebrolu said.

She describes herself as a typical teenager who plans to pursue a career as a medical researcher when she gets out of school.

“My grandpa when I was younger he always used to push me toward science. He was actually a chemistry professor and he used to always tell me learn the periodic table of elements,” she said. “Over time I just grew to love it.”

Right now, she’s balancing her search for a COVID cure in between classical Indian dance training and practicing her skills as an artist.

“I describe myself as a person who aspires to be a lot of things,” Chebrolu said.

Comments (6)
  1. bigtx says:

    Good for her, need more young people like her !

  2. Murali Medicherla says:

    Congratulations Anika Chebrolu!!

  3. Veda McDonald says:

    Good Job!!!!

  4. Dave says:

    so… lets see Trump do something with this new treatment. Big Farma will put a stop to this asap. It is amazing with the internet that Big Farma can still road block so many potential treatment. The reason why they remain potential is Big Farma.

    So sad that millions suffer daily because of Big Farma and Governments stone walling real treatments.

  5. R says:

    What a sad world we live in where with all the brilliant minds with decades of experience can’t seem to do anything, but a 14 year old nobody can. Seriously? I’m almost sure that, just from what she described, that there has been a treatment for a long time now. Maybe not a super profitable one, or one that could be easily patented because it’s probably easily replicated.

  6. Tara says:

    Why is this NOT bigger news?

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