Broad Run High School junior Marissa Sumathipala will go head-to-head with some of the world’s brightest young minds at a competition in San Diego this weekend.
Marissa is one of 15 students to be named a finalist in the International BioGENEius Challenge, a biotechnology research competition. She will showcase her research project “a Novel Systemic Approach to Cardiometabolic Disease with Dual Therapeutics.” It looks at how various proteins can be used as an effective drug for the treatment and prevention of cardiometabolic disease.
Marissa’s name may look familiar. She made headlines last year for winning the Loudoun County Regional Science and Engineering Fair, and for winning a grand prize in the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair. Both she and her older brother, Adriel Sumathipala, have been finalists in the BioGENEius Challenge.
At the regional science fair in March, Marissa said she’s enjoyed all-things science since she was little. “I’ve always loved science research,” she said. “It’s really fun to dedicate a lot of time and energy to this and come out learning so much.”