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Jackson High student earns $25,000 college scholarship

Harshu Musunuri was regional finalist in 2017 Siemens Competition Computational and Experimental Design of MIP Nanoparticles: A Novel Theranostic Solution to Detect and Neutralize Endotoxins – that’s the title of Jackson High senior Harshu Musunuri’s research project. The depth and quality of her research secured her place as a regional winner of the Siemens Competition and $25,000 toward her college tuition. Her research tackles a difficult challenge faced in U.S. hospitals every day: gram-negative bacteria that cause sepsis which can lead to organ failure in patients. This is the leading cause of death in U.S. hospitals. Lipopolysaccharides (LPS) are harmful biomolecules found on the surface of gram-negative bacteria and are responsible for over 50 percent of sepsis cases. Musunuri designed a new polymer nanoparticle that captures the harmful LPS bacterial endotoxins and could be used to treat and diagnose the bacterial infection. “Harshu’s research leads to faster diagnostic testing in… Continue Reading Jackson High student earns $25,000 college scholarship0
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