Jackie Ying Receives 2018 TÜBA Academy Prize

Professor Jackie Y. Ying is the first woman to receive the TÜBA Academy Prize in the Science and Engineering Sciences category.

AsianScientist (Jan. 9, 2019) – Professor Jackie Y. Ying, who heads the NanoBio Lab at the Agency for Science, Technology and Research in Singapore, has won the 2018 Turkish Academy of Sciences (TÜBA) Academy Prize in Science and Engineering Sciences. This award recognizes her pioneering work in the synthesis of advanced nanostructured materials for biomedical, catalytic, energy and advanced materials applications.

The TÜBA Academy Prizes have been presented annually since 2015. Prizes are awarded to eminent scientists who demonstrate original, leading and groundbreaking work in three categories: Science and Engineering Sciences; Health and Life Sciences; and Social and Human Sciences.

Candidates are nominated by TÜBA members, science academies and inter-academy organizations that collaborate with TÜBA, as well as other international scientific institutions and scientists who have been invited as nominators. The nominees in each category are evaluated by a Prize Committee comprising TÜBA members and renowned scientists, who select the winners via peer review of their work.

Known as a prolific inventor, Ying has over 180 patents and patent applications. 32 of her inventions have been licensed to multinational companies and start-ups for diverse applications including nanomedicine, drug delivery and medical devices. Ying was also featured on Clarivate Analytics’ list of Highly Cited Researchers 2018 for Cross-Field publications, and has over 350 publications in leading journals.

“It is a great honor to receive this Prize from the Turkish Academy of Sciences. I am grateful to be able to do exciting research with the talented scientists and dedicated staff at NanoBio Lab in Singapore. Technological breakthroughs can help to improve the quality of lives and benefit society in many ways. It is my hope that we can make a distinct impact through many successful clinical translation and commercialization of our research,” said Ying.

Ying is the only female recipient of the TÜBA Academy Prizes in 2018. She is also the first woman to receive the TÜBA Academy Prize in Science and Engineering Sciences. The other 2018 TÜBA Academy Prize winners are Professor Fatih Mehmet Uҫkun of the University of Minnesota (winner in Health and Life Sciences category), and Professor Bold Luvsandorj of the Mongolian Academy of Sciences and Professor Viorel Panaite of the University of Bucharest (joint winners of the Social and Human Sciences category).

The 2018 winners received their prizes from His Excellency, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in a ceremony at the Presidential Palace in Ankara, Turkey, on December 26, 2018. Each laureate received an Academy Medal and US$30,000.


Source: A*STAR; Photo: NanoBio Lab.
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