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Pranav Chhaliyil is a High School Senior at Maharishi School in Fairfield, Iowa. He is a researcher and entrepreneur who loves philanthropy, psychology, travel, and image consulting. For the previous 5 years, his research on the Oral Microbiota to prevent cancer, diabetes and heart diseases won him many state, national, and international accolades. His novel Nano-Charcoal products are available in the market. Pranav's work on unrefined sugars for oral health helped him become a Regeneron Science Talent Search Scholar (semi-finalist). His current research is on the soil microbiota and healthy agricultural practices to meet the growing food demands worldwide. Additionally, he conducts dental awareness camps and science fairs to students in remote villages of India, established a Culture Heritage Center, and was a part in starting a Pre-Primary School.


5 Words that Describe Pranav

Conscientious, Empathetic, Detail-Oriented, Interdisciplinary (mind), Aesthetic


Tennis (Varsity 2016), Soccer, Badminton, Track


Malayalam (mother tongue), English, Tamil, Hindi

Learning: Spanish & Arabic


Role Models

Pradheep and Priya Chhalliyil (my parents), Mata Amritanandamayi or Amma (Humanitarian, Spiritual Leader), Martin Chalfie (Nobel Laureate in Chemistry 2008), Manu Prakash (Researcher, Humanitarian)

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