L’Oréal Singapore Honors Two Women For Research Excellence

Two outstanding women in science were awarded the L’Oréal Singapore For Women In Science National Fellowship 2017.

AsianScientist (Nov. 30, 2017) – Two female scientists have been awarded the prestigious 2017 national fellowships for the L’Oréal Singapore For Women In Science National Fellowship (FWIS) program.

Established in 2009, the L’Oréal Singapore for Women In Science National Fellowships are awarded to women who have demonstrated scientific excellence in their career to date. The Fellowship also identifies exceptional female scientist as role models for younger generations.

“Women account for 28 percent of the world’s researchers. At L’Oréal, where our work is deeply ingrained in science and research, we believe that there is still much we can do to accelerate the advancement of young women in science globally,” said Mr. Henric Sark, Country Manager at L’Oréal Singapore.

This year’s winning Fellows were selected by an esteemed jury, led by its first-ever female jury president, Professor Christina Chai, Head of Department, Department of Pharmacy, National University of Singapore (NUS).

Dr. Sherry Aw, Independent Fellow at the Institute of Molecular and Cell Biology (IMCB), Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR), and Assistant Professor Dawn Tan from Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD) were conferred the fellowships, each receiving a research grant of S$30,000. They join the ranks of more than 275 talented young women scientists awarded globally each year.

Aw was recognized for her use of genetics, molecular and imaging techniques to understand the underlying causes of the pathological tremor that comes with neurodegenerative diseases. The model organism she uses in her research is the fruit fly, or Drosophila, which shares 60 percent of its genes with humans. Her work is essential at a time when Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease are becoming increasingly prevalent the world over.

“Find people who support and cheer your successes, and remember to also be that person for someone else,” said Aw on receiving the award.

On the other hand, Tan received the award for harnessing nonlinear photonics for a faster, cost-effective and power-efficient internet network. Currently, data goes through a complex value chain of electronics and photonics before it is received by its intended recipient. Electrical data needs to be converted into optical form, propagated over long distances through optical fibers, then restored and detected at the receiver.

Using new types of lasers, light emitters and amplifiers that allow more than one stream of data to be driven and carried on optical fibers, Tan’s work could bring about a more optimal and powerful internet.

“Harnessing science and engineering to solve problems and create new knowledge is my passion, and hopefully my receiving this award highlights the fulfillment that young women can have in a science and engineering career,” said Tan.


Source: L’Oréal Singapore.
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