21 Female Scientists Who Slay

Having trouble naming an outstanding female scientist? Well, here are 21 to get you started.

8. Pussana Hirunsit

Photo: Pussana Hirunsit

Hirunsit won the 2017 L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science National Award for her research on environmentally friendly nanocatalysts.

9. V. Narry Kim

Photo: Ho-am Foundation

Kim, the director of the Institute for Basic Science at Seoul National University, received the 2017 Chen Award for Distinguished Academic Achievement in Human Genetic and Genomic Research for her studies into the role of microRNAs in development and cancer.

10. Li Jingmei

Photo: L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science

For her work on mammographic density and its impact on women’s health, Li received the 2017 Young Scientist Award at the President’s Science and Technology Awards. In 2014, Li won the L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science National Fellowship. More recently, the senior research scientist at the Genome Institute of Singapore was inducted as a class of 2018 National Research Foundation Fellow, an award that offers early career researchers up to S$3 million in funding over five years.

11. Long Ran

Photo: L’Oréal Foundation

Long won the 2017 L’Oréal UNESCO For Women in Science International Rising Talent award for her research on photocatalysts for carbon dioxide reduction.

12. Anchalee Manonukul

Photo: National Metal and Materials Technology Center

For her work on powder metallurgy, Manonukul received the 2017 L’Oréal Woman Scientist Crystal Award, a special award commemorating the 15th anniversary of the L’Oréal-UNESCO for Women in Science Awards in Thailand.

13. Marisa Ponpuak

Photo: L’Oréal Foundation

Ponpuak received the 2017 L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science Fellowship for her research on autophagy aimed at finding new drugs for malaria and tuberculosis.

14. Sheetal Sharma

Photo: Japan International Research Center for Agricultural Sciences

Sharma won the 2017 Japan International Award for Young Agricultural Researchers for her work on Crop Manager for India, a tool that provides site-specific nutrient recommendations to farmers.


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