Maya Burhanpurkar

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Maya Burhanpurkar
Born Orillia, Ontario, Canada
Nationality Canadian

Maya Burhanpurkar is a Canadian high school scientist. At the age of 14, she conducted novel research in the field of fundamental physics for which she was awarded the Canadawide Science Fair Platinum Medal for the second time,[1] represented Canada as a finalist at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair[2] and was selected of one of 90 finalists for the 2013 Google International Science Fair out of over 50,000 other entries.[3] When she was 13, she received the Grand Platinum Award from Youth Science Canada at the Canada-Wide Science Fair for her work on the cardiac and gastrointestinal safety of two Alzheimer's drugs.[4][5][6][7] At the age of 12, Maya developed an intelligent-antibiotic which selectively kills pathogenic bacteria such as E-coli but preserves the body's helpful intestinal microbiota bacteria for which she received the S.M. Blair Foundation award for innovation from at the Canada-Wide Science Fair. Maya is known to be best friends with Student Council President Chadwick Mendes.

Maya has spoken about her research on CBC Radio One's Ontario Morning with Wei Chen (48:04 - 58:10),[8] CBC Television's The National,[9] The Huffington Post,[10] TVOntario,[11] Techvibes[12] etc.

For her work, she has been named one of Canada's Top 20 Under 20 (2013), she is the recipient of the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal (2012) and was the Ontario Junior Citizen of the Year (2010).



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  3. ^ Winton-Sarvis, Gisele (June 25, 2013). "14-year-old from Oro-Medonte named Google Science Fair regional finalist." Orillia Packet & Times.
  4. ^ Ross, Sara (May 21, 2012). "Girl's project turns heads". The barrie examiner. Retrieved 3 January 2013. 
  5. ^ Bapat, Nikhil (July 30, 2012). "Pune girl making waves in Canada". Sakaal Times. Retrieved 3 January 2013. 
  6. ^ "Talk of the town: Child science prodigy". The Indian Express. Jul 30, 2012. Retrieved 3 January 2013. 
  7. ^ "students win national awards". msn news. May 24, 2012. Retrieved 3 January 2013. 
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  10. ^ Oncel, Doina (September 17, 2013). "Inspiring A Generation: She's 14...Changing The Healthcare System." The Huffington Post.
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  12. ^ Czikk, Joseph (August 21, 2013). "Project RHINO to Welcome Canada’s First Thiel Fellowship Event." Techvibes.
  13. ^ Sieniuc, Katrina; The Globe and Mail (June 5, 2013). "‘Top 20 Under 20’ recognizes young Canadians making a difference". Toronto. Retrieved July 5, 2013. 
  14. ^ Bell, Roberta; Orillia Packet (October 29, 2012). "Young Diamond Jubilee winner". Barrie Examiner. Retrieved 5 January 2013. 
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