Meet Devika Sirohi, Who Is Being Praised By Entire Country, For Decoding Zika Virus

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2:25 pm 6 Apr, 2016

The 29-year-old Devika Sirohi, who hails from Meerut, is part of the US team of researchers which recently decoded Zika Virus structure.

Zika is a disease caused by zika virus which spreads through the bite of daytime-active Aedes species mosquito that transmits dengue, yellow fever and chikungunya.

Early this year, a widespread outbreak has been caused by the virus which has spread to 33 countries. The outbreak began in April 2015 in Brazil. The disease causes birth defects.


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Devika Sirohi

Devika, who completed her masters from Tata Institute, went to U.S. five years ago to pursue her PhD from Purdue University. Her journey, however, wasn’t easy.

“When I first arrived in the US, I never expected to achieve this much. It has been five years now since I started my doctoral research. The entire journey of discovering the structure of Zika was full of challenges, but all is well that ends well,” she said.


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Devika with her sister-in-law

She is said to be the youngest member of the team of seven researchers who decoded the virus structure, which is a major breakthrough.

The breakthrough will help in developing effective treatments for the disease. She says:

“It took us four months to identify the structure of the virus. During the period of the research, we barely slept for two to three hours a day, but our hard work finally paid off.”


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A female researcher

Feeling proud by Devika’s success, her father SS Sirohi, a pathologist, said:

“It is a matter of pride not only for my family, because she is my daughter, but for the whole country that an Indian was part of the team that made this breakthrough.”


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Devika with her family members

Home Minister Rajnath Singh took to Twitter to congratulate Devika.





We congratulate Devika for her success and for making our country proud.


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