Anika Chebrolu (born 2006) is a young researcher has won the 3M Young Scientist challenge 2020. This 3M Young Scientist challenge is regarded as the premier middle school science competition in the US. Anika won the prestigious award with an whooping award money of US $25,000. Anika had decided take part in the challenge after she had battled a severe influenza infection last year. Chebrolu since then started working on ways to fight the seasonal flu, but like many professional scientists, her plan changed when the COVID-19 pandemic hit. In order to find her potential drug, she used multiple computer programs to identify how and when the molecule would bind to the SARS-CoV-2 virus.
Anika Chebrolu uses in-silico methodology to discover a lead molecule that can selectively bind to the spike protein of the SARS-CoV-2 virus.
Anika Chebrolu is an Indian American teenager (a 9th grade student) who currently staying in Texas, USA but her family originally hails from Andhra Pradesh, India.