Wadhwani’s research investigates potential therapies and tests them on a computational scale – part of the emerging field of bioinformatics. “From that we can identify studies worth pursuing on a molecular scale or laboratory scale,” he said.
One of the nonprofit’s primary studies has focused on synthetic molecules, a work that took top honors in the U.S. Southeast Division High School Competition sponsored by the International Therapeutics Summit 2021. The research explored the use of synthetic antibodies to target proteins in Parkinson’s, Huntington’s and Alzheimer’s diseases.
“I focused on drug delivery and dementia because a lot of my family has experienced that,” he said.
A global conference on mental health introduced Wadhwani to Haman Pong, a bioscientist at Environmental Systems, Inc. who took an interest in his work.
“Krish is an astounding young man who has achieved plenty in the field of STEM at an early age,” said Pong. “He has always said he is most interested in STEM because it provides him with a platform to revolutionize the world.”
Wadhwani plans to continue his work as he moves onto college, though just which college he’ll attend is still to be decided.
“I know I’m going to major in something related to biomedical engineering or health,” he said. “That goes along with what we’re doing at HD, and I will continue the organization as a college student.”
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