Yunwoo began her investigation having read a number of papers on the natural antimicrobial action of garlic. In the course of her work she managed to confirm its potency against common bacterial strains and to stabilise the molecule responsible for this effect, the highly unstable compound allicin. Her hope is that her discovery could give doctors a new way to combat the hospital bug MRSA.
Yunwoo began her work while in 5th year and entered the project in the South East SciFest competition held each year in WIT, where she achieved overall 2nd place. She continued her experiments over the following months and was well prepared for the tough questioning by the judges at the Young Scientist Exhibition. She was thrilled to have her innovative idea and hard work recognised last Friday.
Yunwoo plans to go on to study medicine after she completes her Leaving Certificate in June.