Manpreet enjoys learning Indian classical dance and playing the violin. She'd like to become a marine biologist. Manpreet says, "I love animals, especially marine animals."
After reading about rising incidences of skin cancer, Manpreet was inspired to find alternative ways to protect skin from damage caused by ultraviolet (UV) radiation. She hypothesized that herbs containing antioxidants, which fight the free radicals produced by UV rays, might have a protective effect.
Manpreet assessed how much UVA rays damaged skin cells when the cells were exposed for times ranging from 15 to 60 minutes. She then took a similar assessment when she added natural antioxidants such as garlic, pomegranate, gingko biloba, and grape seed to the skin cells either before or after UVA exposure. She found that garlic and pomegranate protected the cells completely for 15 minutes and partially for 30 minutes. The other antioxidants protected the cells only partially or not at all.