Sriharshita Musunuri, a senior from the Henry M. Jackson High School in Mill Creek, won the individual category and a $3,000 scholarship in the Siemens Competition in Math, Science & Technology for her project titled, “Computational and Experimental Design of MIP Nanoparticles: A Novel Theranostic Solution to Detect and Neutralize Endotoxins.” She went on to national finals in Washington, D.C., where she won a $25,000 prize for her sepsis research breakthrough.
Harshu’s research leads to faster diagnosis that can help reduce patient deaths from sepsis, said Dr. Brittany Needham, a postdoctoral scholar at Caltech. “She approached this problem in a far more comprehensive way than others have and her method was particularly impressive. She figured out a way not only to detect this life-threatening bacteria, she also found a way to help prevent it.”
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