I’m Anupra, and my vision is a future where people live longer and healthier lives, age related disease doesn’t exist, and we can change our mindset towards aging by understanding our cells.
Biotechnology blows my mind. We’ve been able to edit the genes of a human embryo, use 3D bioprinting to grow an ear, and even cure HIV in 2 patients!! The implications of this are insane to me- we could literally cure every disease out there!
But I realized, even if we cured every disease, people would still suffer and die, because of aging.
Aging is something we currently see as natural and inevitable. But think about it, as you age, you get weaker, your cells accumulate all this damage overtime, you develop conditions like memory loss and mobility issues, and you might even get age-related diseases like Alzheimer’s. All of this cumulative damage eventually kills you. I see aging like a chronic disease that affects everyone, and it didn’t make sense to me that people suffered so much during old age. If we could “cure” aging, and slow/reverse this cellular damage, we could live and contribute to society for longer, and expand our capabilities as humans!
I got really excited about the idea of humans living exponentially longer and healthier. At The Knowledge Society, a human accelerator for youth to become the next Elon Musk, I learned about human longevity and biotech through reading countless research papers, writing articles, and forming my own ideas and molecular simulations. I’ve focused on how our cells change as we age, and how we can use proteins and small molecules to modify this process. I’ve shared my journey with biotech at the SingularityU Canada Summit, and I’ll be able to apply my research with machine learning in a lab over the summer.
Anupra Chandran is a 15-year-old human longevity and cell biology researcher at The Knowledge Society. She’s super passionate about increasing human healthspan, and how different diseases correlate with aging. She is currently trying to develop a way to eradicate HIV more affordably and effectively with epigenetics and nanotechnology. She aims to impact people by solving complicated problems, and has worked on recommendations with companies like Walmart and TD to do so.
About the Knowledge Society
The Knowledge Society (TKS) is a human accelerator that develops unicorn people to solve the world’s most important problems using exponential technologies. TKS Innovators are 13-17 years old and have spoken at some of the world’s largest conferences, are supported by companies like Microsoft and Google, and are working in areas including Brain-Machine Interfaces, Quantum Computing, Artificial Intelligence, Augmented Reality, and Genetic Engineering.