Maya Burhanpurkar

Maya Burhanpurkar
BornFebruary 14, 1999 (1999-02-14) (age 20)

Maya Burhanpurkar (born February 14, 1999) is a Canadian researcher.

Personal life

Burhanpurkar was born in Orillia and completed high school in 2016 at Barrie North Collegiate Institute.[1][2] She is currently an undergraduate student at Harvard University.[citation needed]


At the age of 10, Burhanpurkar built a microbiology lab in her family basement and began conducting scientific experiments after volunteering in a hospital in India.[3][4] Two years later, she developed an intelligent-antibiotic which selectively kills pathogenic bacteria such as E-coli but preserves intestinal microbiota.[5]

When she was 13, she received the Platinum Award at the Canada-Wide Science Fair for her work on the cardiac and gastrointestinal safety of two Alzheimer's drugs.[6][7] Burhanpurkar was inspired to study the safety of Alzheimer’s drugs after the death of her grandfather from Alzheimer’s disease.[8][9]

At the age of 14, Burhanpurkar conducted fundamental physics research for which she was again awarded the Platinum Award at the Canada-Wide Science fair.[10] She made the first physical detection of absement with a team in Steve Mann’s lab, competed at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair,[11] and was selected as a regional finalist for the 2013 Google Science Fair.[12][13]

She filmed a documentary on the effects of climate change on Inuit communities featuring Chris Hadfield and Margaret Atwood after an expedition to the Arctic which received the international Gloria Barron prize.[14][15][16][17]

In 2013, Burhanpurkar was named one of Canada's Top 20 Under 20.[1] She was a recipient of the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal (2012)[18] and was the Ontario Junior Citizen of the Year (2010).[19]


  1. ^ a b "Teen wins Top 20 Under 20 award". www.simcoe.com. Retrieved 2016-05-24.
  2. ^ "A conversation with Maya". Barrie Examiner. Retrieved 2016-05-24.
  3. ^ "YouthSpark Star Maya: The Underage Scientist". Microsoft Philanthropies. Retrieved 2016-05-24.
  4. ^ "SOI Alumna Maya Burhanpurkar receives 2013 'Top 20 Under 20' Award - Students on Ice". Students on Ice. 2013-06-12. Retrieved 2016-05-24.
  5. ^ "8 Young Women Innovators In Search Of The Best Way To Help Others | Care2 Causes". www.care2.com. Retrieved 2016-05-24.
  6. ^ Ross, Sara (May 21, 2012). "Girl's project turns heads". The barrie examiner. Retrieved 3 January 2013.
  7. ^ "students win national awards". msn news. May 24, 2012. Retrieved 3 January 2013.
  8. ^ Bapat, Nikhil (July 30, 2012). "Pune girl making waves in Canada". Sakaal Times. Retrieved 3 January 2013.
  9. ^ "Talk of the town: Child science prodigy". The Indian Express. Jul 30, 2012. Retrieved 3 January 2013.
  10. ^ "[1]"
  11. ^ Bell, Roberta (March 26, 2013). "Maya vs Newton: 14-year-old from Oro-Medonte sets her sights on Isaac Newton's theories." Orillia Packet & Times.
  12. ^ Winton-Sarvis, Gisele (June 25, 2013). "14-year-old from Oro-Medonte named Google Science Fair regional finalist." Orillia Packet & Times.
  13. ^ "Ontario girl, 14, wins spot at international science fair for validating one of Isaac Newton's key laws of physics". Toronto Sun. Retrieved 2016-05-24.
  14. ^ "Accolades piling up for local teen". Orillia Packet and Times. Retrieved 2017-05-25.
  15. ^ "Teenage Scientist Captures Arctic Ice Melt on Film". Popular Science. Retrieved 2017-05-25.
  16. ^ "Canada's Smartest Person". www.cbc.ca. Retrieved 2016-05-24.
  17. ^ "Maya Burhanpurkar". BresciaLEAD. 2016-01-25. Retrieved 2016-05-24.
  18. ^ Bell, Roberta; Orillia Packet (October 29, 2012). "Young Diamond Jubilee winner". Barrie Examiner. Retrieved 5 January 2013.
  19. ^ "Orillia-born Maya Burhanpurkar recognized by province". Orillia Packet and Times. Retrieved 2017-05-26.

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