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Congrats to Eric Chen, Grand Prize winner of 2013 Google Science Fair

Updated: Sep 21, 2020

Seventeen-year-old Eric Chen won the 17-18 age category AND the Grand Prize in this year's Google Science Fair, with his project, Computer-aided Discovery of Novel Influenza Endonuclease Inhibitors to Combat Flu Pandemic. The key result of the research was identification of a number of novel, potent endonuclease inhibitors, which can serve as leads for a new type of anti-flu medicine, effective against all influenza viruses including pandemic strains. One of the key elements of Eric's inhibitor discovery protocol was the FTMap server, developed by the Vajda and Kozakov groups.

The Google Science Fair is an online science competition for 13-18 year old students around the globe sponsored by Google, Lego, CERN, National Geographic and Scientific American.

See Business Insider's coverage of the story here.

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