The 16-year-old not only won Google's science fair competition, but she did it in a way that totally blew away anything we ever thought of making for a science fair (i.e. a poster board with a 2-step experiment).
For her project, Olivia actually came up with a test for Ebola that can also be used as a diagnostic for other diseases including HIV, Lyme Disease, Yellow Fever, Dengue Fever and some cancers. She called her submission "Temperature-Independent, Portable and Rapid Detection of Ebola Via a Silk-Derived Lateral-Flow System." Mind. Totally. Blown.
Olivia's experiment was inspired by the devastation caused by the Ebola outbreak last year, and here's what makes it so cool: current Ebola tests require refrigeration and can take up to 12 hours to deliver a diagnosis. Olivia's test reworked the components of that test so it can be kept at room temperature and give results in only half an hour. Genius.
The Greenwich, Connecticut resident received $50,000 in scholarship money and beat out 22 other students to land the grand prize winning title. Talk about a total #BUILTBYGIRLS moment.
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