Sarah Sobka : The UK Young Scientist of the Year
Sarah Sobka, a pupil at Sheffield High School, was selected in National Science and Engineering Competition as the top young scientist of the year by a panel of experts ahead of 2,000 other hopeful participants.
Sarah presented her work in Birmingham competition and surprised the judges with her project investigating how Lubiprostone, a drug used to treat irritable bowel syndrome, affects patients with cystic fibrosis.
The incurable disease is one of the most common life-threatening inherited diseases, affecting over 10,000 people, in the UK according to the Cystic Fibrosis Trust. It affects internal organs, especially the lungs and digestive system, by clogging them with thick sticky mucus, making it hard to breathe and digest food.
Jim Al-Khalili, Chair of the Science and Maths judging panel said, “She is a true champion of science and engineering and will bring something special to the sector.”
Sarah’s parents, who moved to the UK from Libya before she was born, have played a key role in her dedication to achieving her dreams, and ignited her first ever spark of scientific interest.