L'Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science Awards
The L'Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science Awards aim to improve the position of women in science by recognizing outstanding women researchers who have contributed to scientific progress. The awards are a result of a partnership between the French cosmetics company L'Oréal and the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and carry a grant of $100,000 USD for each laureate. This award is also known as the L'Oréal-Helena Rubinstein Women in Science Awards.
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Each year an international jury awards five laureates, selecting one from each of the following regions:
- Africa and the Middle East.
- Latin America and the Caribbean
- North America (since 2000)
Eligibility requirements alternate every other year based on scientific discipline with laureates in life sciences recognized in even years and laureates in material sciences and mathematics recognized in odd years.
The same partnership awards the UNESCO-L'Oréal International Fellowships, providing up to $40,000 USD in funding over two years to fifteen young women scientists engaged in exemplary and promising research projects. The Fellowship awards began in 2000 with a one-year award of US$20,000 and offered ten awards until 2003. In 2003, the number of awards increased to 15 and then in 2006, the grant period extended to two years and the amount of the award increased to US$40,000. In 2015, the name Rising Talent Grants was implemented.
- Elizabeth Blackburn in Physiology or Medicine (2008)
- Ada Yonath in Chemistry (2009)
- Emmanuelle Charpentier in Chemistry (2020)
- Jennifer Doudna in Chemistry (2020)
- Grace Oladunni Taylor (Nigeria): Biochemistry
- Myeong-Hee Yu (South Korea): Microbiology
- Pascale Cossart (France): Bacteriology
- Gloria Montenegro (Chile): Botany
- Valerie Mizrahi (South Africa): Molecular biology
- Tsuneko Okazaki (Japan): Molecular biology
- Margarita Salas (Spain): Molecular biology
- Eugenia María del Pino Veintimilla (Ecuador): Molecular biology
- Joanne Chory (United States): Molecular biology
2000 Fellowships awarded yearly to doctoral and post-doctoral women to allow them to pursue their research in host laboratories outside their home countries are:
- Adeyinka Gladys Falusi (Nigeria): Molecular genetics
- Suzanne Cory (Australia): Molecular genetics
- Anne McLaren (United Kingdom): Reproductive biology
- Mayana Zatz (Brazil): Molecular biology
- Joan Argetsinger Steitz (United States): Molecular biophysics and biochemistry
2001 Fellowships awarded yearly to doctoral and post-doctoral women to allow them to pursue their research in host laboratories outside their home countries are:
- Rebecca Salu Livingstone, Nigeria Zoology
- Reine Raïssa Note, Congo Pharmacology
- Analilia Arroyo Becerra, Mexico Plant biology
- Jacqueline Chaparro Olaya, Colombia Parasitology
- Suraini Abd-Aziz, Malaysia Biochemistry
- Allison Joy Haywood, New Zealand Planktonology
- Amaal Mohamadein Ahamad, Egypt Ecotoxicology
- Chantal Farra, Lebanon Human genetics
- Miroslava Atanassova, Bulgaria Microbiology
- Jarmila Nahalkova, Slovakia Plant biology
- Nagwa Meguid (Egypt): Genetics applied to the prevention of mental diseases
- Indira Nath (India): The treatment of leprosy
- Mary Osborn (Germany): Methods for the observation of cell structures
- Ana María López Colomé (Mexico): Prevention of blindness.
- Shirley Tilghman (Canada, United States): Gene expression and parental origin of chromosomes
2002 Fellowships awarded yearly to doctoral and post-doctoral women to allow them to pursue their research in host laboratories outside their home countries are:
- Namrita Lall, South Africa Bacteriology
- Djeneba Konate Keita, Mali Environment
- Giovanna Elisabeth Sotil Caycho, Peru Biodiversity
- Rahanna Alicia Juman, Trinidad And Tobago Environment
- Hasina Akhter, Bangladesh Biotechnology
- Jennifer Louise Smith, New Zealand Enzymology
- Salma Bisbis, Morocco Nutrition
- Mounira Hmani Aifa, Tunisia Genetics
- Anila Paparisto, Albania Molecular Biology
- Andrea Hickel, Austria Biophysics
- Karimat El-Sayed (Egypt): Physics
- Li Fanghua (China): Electron microscopy
- Ayse Erzan (Turkey): Condensed matter physics
- Mariana Weissmann (Argentina): Computational condensed matter physics
- Johanna M.H. Levelt Sengers (United States): Thermodynamics
2003 Fellowships awarded yearly to doctoral and post-doctoral women to allow them to pursue their research in host laboratories outside their home countries. The initial awards list stated one addition from the Pacific Rim region was pending. Other awardees are:
- Sodangi Abdulkarim Luka Gesinde (Nigeria) Parasitology
- Darie Alikaj (Syria) Virology
- Rocío Díaz-Benjumea Benavides (Venezuela) Parasitology/Cell Biology
- Shiva Seyed Forootan (Iran) Molecular Biology
- Dionicia Gamboa Vilela (Peru) Molecular Biology
- Karin Jacobs (South Africa) Mycology
- Adriana Jalba (Romania) Plant Biology
- Mary George Kaileh (Palestinian Authority) Molecular Biology
- Maria Gabriela Palomo (Argentina) Marine Ecology
- Samia Rejiba (Tunisia) Molecular Biology
- Ahou Edwige Siransy (Côte d'Ivoire) Physiology
- Devi Stuart-Fox (Australia) Ecology/Evolutionary Biology
- Ahu Altinkut Uncuoglu (Turkey) Molecular Biology
- Victoria Yavelsky (Israel) Molecular Biology/Immunology
- Jennifer Thomson (South Africa): "For work on transgenic plants resistant to drought and to viral infections, in an effort to respond to the continent's chronic food shortage."
- Lúcia Mendonça Previato (Brazil): "For studies which enable progress in the understanding, treatment and prevention of the Chagas disease."
- Philippa Marrack (United States) "For the characterization of lymphocyte T functions in the immune system and the discovery of superantigens.
- Nancy Ip (China): "For discoveries concerning proteins which favour the growth and preservation of neurons in brain development."
- Christine Petit (France): "For research on the molecular and cellular bases of human hereditary deafness and other sensorial deficiencies."
2004 Fellowships awarded yearly to doctoral and post-doctoral women to allow them to pursue their research in host laboratories outside their home countries are:
- María Teresa Abreu (Venezuela) Cellular Biology
- Salwa Hamid Al Khayat (Yemen) Microbiology
- Mouna Al-Sabbagh (Syria) Biotechnology
- Maryam Aminu (Nigeria) Virology
- Ines Atmosukarto (Indonesia) Microbiology
- Semra Aygün (Turkey) Molecular Biology
- Silvia Bilokapic (Croatia) Molecular Biology
- Elena Luminita Bradatan (Romania) Medicine/Oncology
- María Laura Guichón (Argentina) Ecology
- Bibi Rehana Jauhangeer (Mauritius) Molecular Microbiology
- Blandina Lugendo (Tanzania) Marine Biology
- Ghinwa Naja (Lebanon) Physical Chemistry
- Rosa Estela Navarro (Mexico) Developmental Biology
- Farzana Shaheen (Pakistan) Chemistry
- Diana Webster (New Zealand) Medical Science
- Zohra ben Lakhdar (Tunisia): "For experiments and models in infrared spectroscopy and its applications to pollution detection and medicine."
- Fumiko Yonezawa (Japan): "For pioneering theory and computer simulations on amorphous semiconductors and liquid metals."
- Dominique Langevin (France): "For fundamental investigations on detergents, emulsions and foams."
- Belita Koiller (Brazil): "For innovative research on electrons in disordered matter such as glass."
- Myriam P. Sarachik (United States): "For important experiments on electrical conduction and transitions between metals and insulators."
2005 Fellowships awarded yearly to doctoral and post-doctoral women to allow them to pursue their research in host laboratories outside their home countries are:
- Aisha Abubakar Abdulwahab (Nigeria) – Prevalence of tuberculosis in humans and animals in Nigeria
- Mariam Allach (Morocco): Rehabilitation, protection and sustainability of the argan tree
- Cho N’Din Catherine Boni-Cisse (Côte d'Ivoire) – Characterization of haemophilus influenzae of isolated strains of meningitis
- Marlein Miranda Cona (Cuba): Development of radiopharmaceuticals to detect and treat malignant tumors
- Michelle Lucinda de Oliveira (Brazil): Liver cancers: link between liver resection and metastasis development
- Habiba Drici (Algeria): Molecular Biology: lactic bacteria used in the production of fermented foods
- Özlem Zehra Keskin (Turkey): Structural biochemistry of proteins
- Fati Kirakoya (Burkina Faso) – Biostatistics: association between sexually transmissible disease and HIV infection in Ouagadougou
- Ketsiri Kueseng (Thailand): Polymer Science: water and oil repellency of Thai silk
- Maria Valeria Lara (Argentina): Genetic Engineering: tobacco and other drought-resistant plants
- Yong Sun Kye (North Korea): Genetic Engineering: insect-resistant soybean plants
- Katharine Arwen Michie (Australia): Biochemistry: SMC protein complex and interaction with DNA
- Agnieszka Elzbieta Sadowska (Poland): Neurobiology: polarization of developing neurons
- Reema Fayez Tayyem (Jordan): Epidemiology of colon cancer: inhibitory effect of curcuma
- Paola Tiberia Zanna (Italy): Melanogenesis: Expression of the MC1R gene
- Habiba Bouhamed Chaabouni (Tunisia): "For her contribution to the analysis and prevention of hereditary disorders."
- Jennifer Graves (Australia): "For studies on the evolution of mammalian genomes."
- Christine Van Broeckhoven (Belgium): "For the genetic investigation of Alzheimer's disease and other neurodegenerative diseases."
- Esther Orozco (Mexico): "For the discovery of the mechanisms and control of infections by amoebas in the tropics."
- Pamela Bjorkman (United States): "For the discovery of how the immune system recognizes targets."
2006 Fellowships awarded yearly to doctoral and post-doctoral women to allow them to pursue their research in host laboratories outside their home countries are:
- Zeina Daher (Lebanon) Biochemistry: Study Of Mitochondrial DNA Mutations
- Juana Del Valle Mendoza (Peru) Immunology: Development Of A Therapeutic Vaccine Against Hiv-1, The Virus Responsible For Aids
- Dilfuza Egamberdiyeva (Uzbekistan) Environmental Microbiology: Development Of Environmentally Friendly, Bacteria-Based fertilizer
- Ghada Ahmed Mohamed Abu El-Heba (Egypt) Molecular Biology: Improvement Of Nitrogen-Fixation In Leguminosae
- Sabah Ben Fredj (Tunisia) Microbiology: Study Of The Genetic Variability Of Fungi Found On Grapes In Tunisian Vineyards
- Valérie Gbonon (Côte d'Ivoire) Microbiology: Study Of The Virulence Factors Of Group B Streptococcus Bacteria Infections To Improve Antibiotic Treatment For Pregnant Women And Newborns
- Stéphanie Jenouvrier (France) Ecology: The Impact Of Global Warming On The Population Dynamics Of Emperor Penguins
- Anita Krisko (Croatia) Structural Biology: Computer Modeling To Investigate How Degradation Of Proteins In The Eye Lens Can Lead To Blindness
- Priyadharshini Madhou (Mauritius) Plant Biotechnology: Study Of Genes Controlling Plant Resistance To Fungus Infection
- Irene Maier (Austria) Biomedicine: Development Of An Immunological Biochip To Facilitate Clinical Diagnosis Of Food Allergies
- Andréa Mantesso, (Brazil) Health Sciences: Study Of Dental Stem Cells To Provide Innovative Solutions For Cavities And Craniofacial Deformities
- Prudence Mutowo (Zimbabwe) Molecular Biology: Study Of Gene Regulation In Archaea
- Mun Peak Nyon (Malaysia) Structural Biology: Determining The Three-Dimensional Structure Of Cutinase
- Diana Pérez Staples (Mexico) Behavioral Ecology: Study Of Biological Pest Control To Reduce The Use Of Environmentally Dangerous Insecticides
- Ruchi Singh (India) Parasitology: Identification Of Genes Involved In Drug-Resistance Of Leishmaniasis
- Ameenah Gurib-Fakim (Mauritius): "For her exploration and analysis of plants from Mauritius and their bio-medical applications."
- Ligia Gargallo (Chile): "For her contributions to understanding solution properties of polymers."
- Mildred Dresselhaus (United States): "For her research on solid state materials, including conceptualizing the creation of carbon nanotubes."
- Margaret Brimble (New Zealand): "For her contribution to the synthesis of complex natural products, especially shellfish toxins."
- Tatiana Birshtein (Russia): "For her contribution to the understanding of the shapes, sizes and motions of large molecules."
2007 Fellowships awarded yearly to doctoral and post-doctoral women to allow them to pursue their research in host laboratories outside their home countries are:
- Fatima Abbas (Sudan) Plant Molecular Biology
- Mestawet Taye Asfaw (Ethiopia) Food Science
- Rhimou Bouhlal (Morocco) Marine Biology
- Venetia Briggs (Belize) Behavioral Ecology
- Nancy Chandia (Chile) Organic Chemistry
- Irene Chiolo (Italy) Molecular Biology
- Gisella Cruz Garcia (Netherlands Conservation Biology/Ecology
- Khady Nani Dramé (Senegal) Plant Biotechnology
- Fenny Dwivany (Indonesia) Molecular Biology
- Laura Echarte (Argentina) Crop Physiology
- Petra Klepac (Croatia) Epidemiology
- Sarrah Ben M'barek (Tunisia) Plant Biotechnology
- Christine Ouinsavi (Benin) Forest Biology
- Barno Sultanova (Uzbekistan) Biotechnology
- Chawanee Thongpanchang (Thailand) Medicinal Chemistry
- Lihadh Al-Gazali (United Arab Emirates): "For her contributions to the characterization of inherited disorders."
- V. Narry Kim (South Korea): "For elucidating the formation of a new class of RNA molecules involved in gene regulation"
- Ada Yonath (Israel): "For her structural studies of the protein biosynthesis system and its disruption by antibiotics."
- Ana Belén Elgoyhen (Argentina): "For her contributions to the understanding of the molecular basis of hearing (sense)."
- Elizabeth Blackburn (United States): "For the discovery of the nature and maintenance of chromosome ends and their roles in cancer and aging."
- Hakima Amjres, Morocco
- Naranjargal Dashdorj, Mongolia
- Magda Bou Dagher Kharrat, Lebanon
- Made Tri Ari Penia Kresnowati, Indonesia
- Federica Migliardo, Italy
- Yonelle Dea Moukoumbi, Gabon
- Susanna Phoboo, Nepal
- Maria João Rego Rodrigues, Mozambique
- Lina Maria Saavedra Díaz, Colombia
- Hanneline Adri Smit, South Africa
- Alma Tostmann, the Netherlands
- Carolina Trochine, Argentina
- Andrea Von Groll, Brazil
- Maja Zagmajster, Slovenia
- Jamillah Zamoon, Kuwait
- Tebello Nyokong (Africa and the Arab States): "for her work on harnessing light for cancer therapy and for environmental clean-up".
- Akiko Kobayashi (Asia-Pacific): "for her contribution to the development of molecular conductors and the design and synthesis of a single-component molecular metal".
- Athene M. Donald (Europe): "for her work in unraveling the mysteries of the physics of messy materials, ranging from cement to starch".
- Beatriz Barbuy (Latin America): "for her work on the life of stars from the birth of the Universe to the present time".
- Eugenia Kumacheva (North America): "for the design and development of new materials with many applications including targeted drug delivery for cancer treatments and materials for high density optical data storage".
2009 Fellowships awarded yearly to doctoral and post-doctoral women to allow them to pursue their research in host laboratories outside their home countries are:
- Marie Abboud (Lebanon) Non-invasive optical methods for the study of biological structures
- Rima Al-Besharat (Syria) local probiotic bacteria for use in functional food products
- Ishrat Bano (Pakistan) Development of magnetic nanoparticles for use in drug delivery
- Yean Yean Chan (Malaysia) Electrochemical DNA biosensors for molecular diagnosis of infectious disease
- Nonhlanhla Dlamani (South Africa) African traditional medicine used in the treatment of Kaposi’s sarcoma
- Berta González Frankenberger (Mexico) speech and voice processing in neonates and premature babies
- Cecilia Gonzales-Marin (Peru) oral infections and medical complications in pregnant women
- Fina Kurreeman (Mauritius) Study of genes specifically associated with rheumatoid arthritis
- Khadijetou Lekweiry (Mauritania) Transmission of malaria in the Nouakchott
- Lydia Lynch (Ireland) human omentum as an immunological tool
- Joan Munissi (Tanzania) Antimicrobial compounds isolated from cultures of Tanzanian marine-derived fungi
- Ivana Pešić (Serbia) identification of urine proteins, renal disease
- Mareike Posner (Germany) resistance of enzyme structures within organisms adapted to extreme conditions
- Jingyi Shi (China) Genetics of acute myeloid leukemia
- Paula Villar (Argentina) computer-based model of the heart in 3D
- Rashika El Ridi (Africa and the Arab States): "for paving the way towards the development of a vaccine against the tropical disease schistosomiasis".
- Lourdes J. Cruz (Asia-Pacific): "for the discovery of marine snail toxins that can serve as powerful tools to study brain function".
- Anne Dejean-Assémat (Europe): "for her contributions to our understanding of leukaemia and liver cancers".
- Alejandra Bravo (Latin America): "for her work on a bacterial toxin that acts as a powerful insecticide".
- Elaine Fuchs (North America): "for her contributions to our knowledge of skin biology and skin stem cells".
2010 Fellowships awarded yearly to doctoral and post-doctoral women to allow them to pursue their research in host laboratories outside their home countries are:
- Diana Marcela Bolaños Rodriguez (Colombia)
- Nawal Bouayayne (Morocco)
- Ghalia Boubaker (Tunisia)
- Hadeer El-Dakhakni (Egypt)
- María Gabriel Gei (Costa Rica)
- Maria-Teresa Guardiola-Claramonte (Spain)
- Antima Gupta (India)
- Elisabeth Lendoye (Gabon)
- Irene Margiolaki (Greece)
- Margoth Mitchela Moreno Vigo (Peru)
- Marietta Solange Soupi Nkeutcha (Cameroon)
- Djoudi Roukia (Comoros)
- Yifen Tan (Malaysia)
- Marissa Teo (Singapore)
- Svitlana Yablonska (Ukraine)
- Faiza Al-Harafi (Africa and the Arab States): "for her work on corrosion, a problem of fundamental importance to water treatment and the oil industry; for her notable contributions to electrochemistry with particular emphasis on corrosion and catalysis".
- Vivian Wing-Wah Yam (Asia-Pacific): "for her work on light-emitting materials and innovative ways of capturing solar energy; for her pioneering contributions in the molecular design of photo-active materials that are particularly relevant to solar energy conversion".
- Anne L'Huillier (Europe): "for her work on the development of the fastest camera for recording the movement of electrons in attoseconds (a billionth of a billionth of a second); for her pioneering experimental and theoretical contributions to harmonic light generation as a base technology for attosecond science".
- Silvia Torres-Peimbert (Latin America): "for her work on the chemical composition of nebulae which is fundamental to our understanding of the origin of the universe; for her fundamental contribution to the studies of nebulae that have led to a better understanding of the chemical evolution of galaxies and the universe".
- Jillian Banfield (North America): "for her work on bacterial and material behavior under extreme conditions relevant to the environment and the Earth; for pioneering achievements in environmental science integrating chemical, biological, mineralogical, and proteogenomic influences".
2011 Fellowships awarded yearly to doctoral and post-doctoral women to allow them to pursue their research in host laboratories outside their home countries are:
- Mais Absi (Syria) molecular endocrinology
- Reyam Al-Malikey (Iraq) ecology
- Andia Chaves Fonnegra (Colombia) marine ecology
- Isabel Cristina Chinchilla Soto (Costa Rica) ecology
- Samia Elfékih (Tunisia) (molecular biology
- Hagar Gelbard-Sagiv (Israel) neurobiology
- Alejandra Jaramillo Gutierrez (Panama) parasitology
- Tatiana Lopatina (Russia) cell biology
- Nilufar Mamadalieva (Uzbekistan) plant biochemistry and pharmacology
- Germaine L. Minoungou (Burkina Faso) virology
- Justine Germo Nzweundji (Cameroon) plant biotechnology
- Jiban Jyoti Panda (India) biotechnology
- Ladan Teimoori Toolabi (Iran) medical biotechnology
- Triin Vahisalu (Estonia) plant molecular biology
- Fadzai Zengeya (Zimbabwe) agricultural sciences
- Jill Farrant (Africa and the Arab States): "for the elucidation of mechanisms by which plants overcome drought conditions".
- Ingrid Scheffer (Asia-Pacific): "for identifying genes involved in some forms of epilepsy".
- Frances Ashcroft (Europe): "for her discovery of an ATP-sensitive potassium channel linking glucose metabolism and insulin secretion and its role in neonatal diabetes".
- Susana López Charreton (Latin America): "for elucidating the mechanisms of rotavirus infections".
- Bonnie Bassler (North America): "for discovering the chemical signals and mechanisms bacteria use to communicate and coordinate group behaviors".
2011 Fellowships awarded yearly to doctoral and post-doctoral women to allow them to pursue their research in host laboratories outside their home countries are:
- Kathrin Barboza Marquez (Bolivia) Behavioural Ecology
- Dana Bazzoun (Lebanon) Cell and Molecular Biology
- Giomar Helena Borrero-Pérez (Colombia) Marine Biology
- Naama Geva-Zatorsky (Israel) Molecular and Systems Biology
- Emna Harigua (Tunisia) Molecular Biology and Bioinformatics
- Zoë Hilton (New Zealand) Marine Biology
- Gladys Kahaka (Namibia) Biotechnology/Biochemistry
- Aziza Hassan Kamel (Egypt) Virology
- Vita Majce (Slovenia) Molecular Biology and Chemistry
- Dora Medina (Mexico) Bioengineering
- Peggoty Mutai (Kenya) Medicinal Chemistry
- Sidrotun Naim (Indonesia) Molecular Virology
- Patricia Miang Lon Ng (Singapore) Protein Engineering
- Johannie Maria Spaan (South Africa) Wildlife Biology
- Elza Van Deel (The Netherlands) Cardiology and Molecular Genetics
- Francisca Nneka Okeke (Africa and the Arab States): "for her significant contributions to the understanding of daily variations of the ion currents in the upper atmosphere which may further our understanding of climate change."
- Reiko Kuroda (Asia-Pacific): "for discovering the functional importance of the difference between left handed and right handed molecules which has wide applications including research on neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer's."
- Pratibha Gai (Europe): "for ingeniously modifying her electron microscope so that she was able to observe chemical reactions occurring at surface atoms of catalysts which will help scientists in their development of new medicines or new energy sources."
- Marcia Barbosa (Latin America): "for discovering one of the peculiarities of water which may lead to better understanding of how earthquakes occur and how proteins fold which is important for the treatment of diseases."
- Deborah S. Jin (North America): "for having been the first to cool down molecules so much that she can observe chemical reactions in slow motion which may help further understanding of molecular processes which are important for medicine or new energy sources."
2013 Fellowships awarded yearly to doctoral and post-doctoral women to allow them to pursue their research in host laboratories outside their home countries are:
- Naima Abattouy, Morocco Biology
- Beatriz Álvarez Sanna, Uruguay Biochemistry
- Ariana Barbera, Cuba Immunology
- Enkhmaa Davaasambuu, Mongolia Maternal Health
- Laure El-Chamy, Lebanon Molecular Biology
- Marina Faiella, Italy Biochemistry and Biotechnology
- Sri Fatmawati, Indonesia Natural Products Chemistry
- Lina Gallego, Colombia Cancer Genomics
- Florencia Linero, Argentina Virology
- Allison Louthan, USA Ecology
- Kanika Mitra, Bangladesh Food science
- Marie Florence Ngo Ngwe, Cameroon Plant Biotechnology
- Sahwa Adil Nourein, Sudan Clinical immunology
- Eucharia Oluchi Nwaichi, Nigeria Environment and Toxicology
- Osnat Penn, Israel Computational Biology
- Anita Takura, Ghana Agricultural and Environmental Science
- Segenet Kelemu (Africa and the Arab States)
- Kayo Inaba (Asia-Pacific)
- Brigitte Kieffer (Europe) "for her decisive work on the brain mechanisms involved in pain, mental illness and drug addiction"
- Cecilia Bouzat (Argentina) "her contribution to our understanding of how brain cells communicate among themselves and with muscles"
- Laurie Glimcher (North America)
2014 Fellowships awarded yearly to doctoral and post-doctoral women to allow them to pursue their research in host laboratories outside their home countries are:
- Francisca Barake, Chile Cellular and Molecular Biology
- Katalin Czondor, Hungary Neurobiology
- Adila Elobeid, Sudan Medicine
- Selena Gimenez Ibanez, Spain Plant Molecular Genetics
- Emma Gray, South Africa Ecology
- Jingmei Li, Singapore Human Genetics
- Sandra Lopez-Verges, Panama Virology
- Farah Ouechtati, Tunisia Neuroscience
- Mio Ozawa, Japan Nutritional Epidemiology
- Tania Pozzo, Bolivia Biotechnology
- Bhama Ramkhelawon, Mauritius Obesity and diabetes
- Gul Shahnaz, Pakistan Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Science
- Alia Shatanawi, Jordan Cardiovascular Pharmacology
- Aramide Dolapo O Shingboye, Nigeria Food science
- Ahu Arslan Yildiz, Turkey Biotechnology
- Rajaâ Cherkaoui El Moursli (Africa and the Arab States): "For her key contribution to one of the greatest discoveries in physics: proof of the existence of the Higgs Boson, the particle responsible for the creation of mass in the universe."
- Xie Yi (Asia-Pacific): "For her significant contributions to inorganic solid state solvothermal chemistry at the nanoscale, particularly unconventional semi-conductor materials and graphene-like structures a few atoms thick."
- Dame Carol Robinson (Europe): "For her groundbreaking work in macromolecular mass spectrometry and pioneering gas phase structural biology by probing the structure and reactivity of single proteins and protein complexes, including membrane proteins."
- Thaisa Storchi Bergmann (Latin America): "For her outstanding work on super-massive black holes in the centers of galaxies and their associated regions of dense gas, dust, and young stars surrounding them, as well as their role in the evolution of galaxies."
- Molly S. Shoichet (North America): "For her pioneering work on advanced laser photochemistry for creating 3D patterns in hydrogels that enable regeneration of nerve tissue."
2015 International Rising TalentsEdit
Established in 2015, the International Rising Talent Grants are awarded annually to 15 PhD students and post-doctoral Fellows. Fellows are chosen from among the winners of the 236 fellowships awarded locally by L’Oréal subsidiaries and UNESCO around the world, to give additional support at the international level to promising young women researchers. They replace the former International Fellowships. The 2015 International Rising Talents are:
- Nourtan Abdeltawab, Egypt Immunogenetics of Infectious Diseases
- Carolina Andrade, Brazil Medicinal Chemistry
- Aurore Avarguès-Weber, France Cognitive Neurosciences
- Yoke-Fun Chan/Chan Yoke-Fun, (Chan is the surname) Malaysia Molecular virology
- Vanessa D’Costa, Canada Immunogenetics of Infectious Diseases
- Kathryn Holt, Australia Pathogen Genomic Epidemiology
- Matilde Jiménez Coello, Mexico Infectious Diseases
- Adriana Marais, South Africa Physics, Quantum Biology
- Signe Normand, Denmark Plant Ecology, Macroecology, Biogeography
- Eva M. Pellicer, Spain Materials Science, Nanotechnology
- Trần Hà Liên Phương, Vietnam Pharmaceutical sciences
- Bhama Ramkhelawon, United States Medicine (diabetes and obesity)
- Sanaa Sharafeddine, Lebanon Computer and Communications Engineering
- Mary Stoddard (biologist), United States Organismic and Evolutionary Biology, Ornithology
- Ariela Vergara Jaque, Chile Computational Structural Biology
- Emmanuelle Charpentier Germany, molecular biology – human genome
- Jennifer Doudna United States, molecular biology – human genome
- Quarraisha Abdool Karim South Africa, prevention and treatment of HIV
- Chen Hualan China, biology of the bird flu virus and vaccine
- Andrea Gamarnik Argentina, Molecular virology (mosquito-borne viruses and Dengue Fever).
2016 International Rising TalentsEdit
The L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science programme established the International Rising Talent Grants, awarded annually to 15 PhD students and post-doctoral Fellows who are chosen among the former winners of the 236 fellowships awarded locally by L’Oréal subsidiaries and UNESCO around the world. The goal is to support promising women researchers and give them more visibility so that, through the awards, these young scientists can achieve the increased recognition that their talent deserve, but dod not always receive, both within their country and by their peers. International Rising Talents are chosen from countries in each world region, Africa & Arab States, Asia-Pacific, Europe, Latin America and North America. The 2016 L'Oréal-UNESCO International Rising Talents are:
- Dr. Eszter Farkas (Hungary) Biological Sciences
- Prof. Jasmeen Merzaban (Saudi Arabia) Biological Sciences
- Dr. Yilun Ying (China) Chemistry
- Dr. Elisa Orth (Brazil) Chemistry
Physical sciences: a profound impact on our world
- Dr. Dorthe Ravnsbæk (Denmark) Chemistry
- Dr. Sabrina Stierwalt (United States) Astronomical and space sciences
The study of galaxy mergers with implications for a new understanding of how galaxies evolve
- Dr. Maria Del Rocio Vega Frutis (Mexico) Biological sciences
Life and environmental sciences: critical issues for the future of our planet
- Dr. Ira Didenkulova (Russia) Physics
- Dr. Anaïs Orsi (France) Earth sciences
- Dr. Habiba Alsafar (United Arab Emirates) Medical engineering
Solutions in health sciences through modern medicine
- Niveen Khashab (Saudi Arabia) "For her contributions to innovative smart hybrid materials aimed at drug delivery and for developing new techniques to monitor intracellular antioxidant activity."
- Michelle Simmons (Australia) "For her pioneering contributions to quantum and atomic electronics, constructing atomic transistors en route to quantum computers."
- Nicola Spaldin (Switzerland) "For her groundbreaking multidisciplinary work predicting, describing and creating new materials that have switchable magnetic and ferroelectric properties."
- Zhenan Bao (USA) "For her outstanding contribution to and mastery of the development of novel functional polymers for consumer electronics, energy storage and biomedical applications."
- María Teresa Ruiz (Chile) "For her discovery of the first brown dwarf and her seminal work on understanding the faintest stars, including stars at the final stages of their evolution (white dwarfs)."
2017 International Rising TalentsEdit
In 2014, the L’Oréal-UNESCO programme has established the International Rising Talent Grants, awarded annually to 15 PhD students and post-doctoral Fellows. These young researchers are chosen among the former winners of the 250 fellowships awarded locally by L’Oréal subsidiaries and UNESCO Field Offices around the world. By recognizing their achievements at a key moment in their careers, the For Women in Science programme aims to help them pursue their research.
- Doctor Lorina NACI, Canada, Fundamental medicine. In a coma: is the patient conscious or unconscious?
- Associate Professor Muireann Irish, Australia, Clinical medicine. Recognizing Alzheimer’s before the first signs appear.
On the road to conceiving new medical treatments
- Doctor Hyun Lee, Germany, Biological Sciences. Neurodegenerative diseases: untangling aggregated proteins.
- Doctor Nam-Kyung Yu, Republic of Korea, Biological Sciences, Rett syndrome: neuronal cells come under fire
- Doctor Stephanie Fanucchi, South Africa, Biological Sciences. Better understanding the immune system.
- Doctor Julia Etulain, Argentina, Biological Sciences. Better tissue healing.
Finding potential new sources of drugs
- Doctor Rym Ben Sallem, Tunisia, Biological Sciences. New antibiotics are right under our feet.
- Doctor Hab Joanna Sulkowska, Poland, Biological Sciences. Unraveling the secrets of entangled proteins.
Getting to the heart of matter
- Ms Nazek El-Atab, United Arab Emirates, Electrical, Electronic and Computer Engineering. Miniaturizing electronics without losing memory.
- Doctor Bilge Demirkoz, Turkey, Physics. Piercing the secrets of cosmic radiation.
- Doctor Tamara Elzein, Lebanon, Material Sciences. Trapping radioactivity.
- Doctor Ran Long, China, Chemistry. Unlocking the potential of energy resources with nanochemistry.
Examining the past to shed light on the future – or vice versa
- Doctor Fernanda Werneck, Brazil, Biological Sciences. Predicting how animal biodiversity will evolve.
- Doctor Sam Giles, United Kingdom, Biological Sciences. Taking another look at the evolution of vertebrates thanks to their braincases.
- Doctor Ágnes Kóspál, Hungary, Astronomy and Space Sciences. Looking at the birth of distant suns and planets to better understand the solar system.
- Heather Zar (South Africa) Medicine and Health Sciences/Pediatrics "For establishing a cutting-edge research programme in pneumonia, tuberculosis and asthma, saving the lives of many children worldwide."
- Meemann Chang (China) Biological Sciences/Paleontology, "For her pioneering work on fossil records leading to insights on how aquatic vertebrates adapted to life on land."
- Caroline Dean (United Kingdom) Biological Sciences/Molecular biology "For her groundbreaking research on how plants adapt to their surroundings and climate change, leading to new ways for crop improvement."
- Amy T. Austin (Argentina) Ecology and Environmental sciences "For her remarkable contributions to understanding terrestrial ecosystem ecology in natural and human-modified landscapes."
- Janet Rossant (Canada) Biological Sciences/Developmental biology, "For her outstanding research that helped us to better understand how tissues and organs are formed in the developing embryo."
2018 International Rising TalentsEdit
Each year, the International Rising Talents programme selects the 15 most promising women scientists among the 275 national and regional fellows of the L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women In Science programme. These young women are the very future of science and recognizing their excellence will help ensure that they reach their full potential.
- Dr. Areej Abuhammad (Jordan) Fundamental medicine
- Danielle Twilley (South Africa) Biological Sciences, medicinal plant sciences
- Dr. Hanifa Taher Al Blooshi (United Arab Emirates) Chemical Engineering
- Dr. Ibtissem Guefrachi (Tunisia) Microbiology
- Dr. Weang Kee Ho (Malaysia) Heath sciences, epidemiological statistics
- Dr. Hiep Thi Nguyen (Vietnam) Medical engineering
- Dr. Yukiko Ogawa (Japan) Material engineering
- Dr. Radha Boya (United Kingdom) Physics
- Dr. Agnieszka Gajewicz (Poland) Chemistry
- Dr. Anna Kudryavtseva (Russia) Biological sciences
- Associate Prof. Duygu Sag (Turkey) Biological sciences, immunology
- Dr. Ai Ing Lim (United States of America) Fundamental medicine
- Dr. Selene Lizbeth Fernandez Valverde (Mexico) Biological sciences and genomics
- Dr. Rafaela Salgado Ferreira (Brazil) Chemistry
- Dr. Anela Choy (United States of America) Biological sciences, oceanography
- Dr.Priscilla Kolibea Mante (Ghana) Neurosciences
- Najat A. Saliba, for her pioneering work in identifying carcinogenic agents and other toxic air pollutants in the Middle East
- Maki Kawai, for her ground-breaking work in manipulating molecules at the atomic level, in order to transform materials and create innovative materials
- Karen Hallberg, for developing cutting-edge computational approaches that allow scientists to understand the physics of quantum matter
- Ingrid Daubechies, for her exceptional contribution to the numerical treatment of images and signal processing, providing standard and flexible algorithms for data compression
- Claire Voisin, for her outstanding work in algebraic geometry
2019 International Rising TalentsEdit
Among the 275 national and regional fellowship winners supported each year, the For Women in Science programme selects the 15 most promising researchers for this international recognition.
- Dr. Saba Al Heialy – Health sciences (L'Oréal-UNESCO regional fellowship Dubai), Mohammed Bin Rashid University for Medicine and Health Sciences
- Dr. Zohra Dhouafli – Neuroscience/ Biochemistry (L'Oréal-UNESCO regional fellowship Tunisia), Center of Biotechnology of Borj-Cédria
- Dr. Menattallah Elserafy – Molecular biology/Genetics (L'Oréal-UNESCO regional fellowship Egypt), Zewail City of Science and Technology
- Dr. Priscilla Kolibea Mante – Neurosciences (L'Oréal-UNESCO regional fellowship Ghana), Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology
- Dr. Jacquelyn Cragg – Health sciences (L'Oréal-UNESCO regional fellowship Canada), University of British Columbia
- Dr. Maria Molina – Chemistry/Molecular biology (L'Oréal-UNESCO regional fellowship Argentina), National University of Rio Cuarto
- Dr. Ana Sofia Varela – Chemistry/Electrocatalysis (L'Oréal-UNESCO regional fellowship Mexico), Institute of Chemistry, National Autonomous University of Mexico
- Dr. Sherry Aw – Neuroscience (L'Oréal-UNESCO regional fellowship Singapore), Institute of Molecular and Cell Biology
- Dr. Mika Nomoto – Molecular biology / Plant pathology (L'Oréal-UNESCO regional fellowship Japan), University of Nagoya
- Dr. Mary Jacquiline Romero – Quantum physics (L'Oréal-UNESCO regional fellowship Australia), University of Queensland
- Dr. Laura Elo – Bioinformatics (L'Oréal-UNESCO regional fellowship Finland), University of Turku and Åbo Akademi University
- Dr. Kirsten Marie Ørnsbjerg Jensen – Material chemistry, structural analysis (L'Oréal-UNESCO regional fellowship Denmark), University of Copenhagen
- Dr. Biola María Javierre Martínez – Genomics (L'Oréal-UNESCO regional fellowship Spain), Josep Carreras Leukaemia Research Institute
- Dr. Urte Neniskyte – Neuroscience (L'Oréal-UNESCO regional fellowship Lithuania), University of Vilnius
- Dr. Nurcan Tuncbag – Bioinformatics (L'Oréal-UNESCO regional fellowship Turkey), Middle East Technical University
- Abla Mehio Sibai, for her pioneering research and advocacy to improve healthy ageing in low- and middle-income countries and their impact on health and social policy programmes
- Firdausi Qadri, for her outstanding work to understand and prevent infectious diseases affecting children in developing countries, and promote early diagnosis and vaccination with global health impact
- Edith Heard, for her fundamental discoveries concerning the mechanisms governing epigenetic processes, which allow mammals to regulate proper gene expression and are essential for life.
- Esperanza Martínez-Romero, for her pioneering work on the use of environmentally friendly bacteria to support plant growth for increased agricultural productivity and reduced use of chemical fertilizers.
- Kristi Anseth, for her outstanding contribution in converging engineering and biology to develop innovative biomaterials that help tissue regeneration and drug delivery
2020 International Rising TalentsEdit
Among the national and regional fellowship winners supported each year, the For Women in Science programme selects the 15 most promising researchers for this international recognition.
- Dr Laura-Joy Boulos – Neuroscience. Levant, Saint-Joseph University, Lebanon
- Dr Nowsheen Goonoo – Biomedicine. Sub-Saharan Africa, University of Mauritius
- Dr Nouf Mahmoud – Health Sciences. Levant, Al-Zaytoonah University of Jordan
- Georgina Nyawo – Molecular Biology, Medical Microbiology. Sub-Saharan Africa, Stellenbosch University, South Africa
- Dr Elizabeth Trembath-Reichert – Earth Science /Environmental Science. United States of America, Arizona State University
- Dr Paula Giraldo Gallo – Physics. Colombia, University of the Andes
- Dr Patrícia Medeiros – Biological sciences. Brazil, Federal University of Alagoas
- Dr Rui Bai – Biological sciences. China, Westlake University
- Dr Huanqian Loh – Physics. Singapore, National University of Singapore
- Dr Mikyung Shin – Biomaterials. Republic of Korea, Sungkyunkwan University
- Dr Vida Engmann – Material Engineering. Denmark, University of Southern Denmark
- Dr Serap Erkek – Molecular biology / Epigenetics. Turkey, Cancer Epigenomics Laboratory, Biomedicine and Genome Center
- Dr Jennifer Garden – Chemistry. United Kingdom, University of Edinburgh
- Dr Cristina Romera Castillo – Marine sciences. Spain, Institute of Sea Sciences
- Dr Olena Vaneeva – Mathematics. Ukraine, Institute of Mathematics of the National Academy of Science of Ukraine
- Catherine Ngila, Recognized for introducing, developing and applying nanotechnology-based analytical methods to monitor water pollutants. Her innovative work is of vital importance for the development of water resource management in an environmentally sustainable way.
- Kyoko Nozaki, Recognized for her pioneering, creative contributions within the field of synthetic chemistry, and their importance to industrial innovation. Her research has led to new, highly effective and environmentally friendly production processes to manufacture molecules useful for medicine and sustainable agriculture.
- Alicia Dickenstein, Recognized for her outstanding contributions at the forefront of mathematical innovation by leveraging algebraic geometry in the field of molecular biology. Her research enables scientists to understand the structures and behaviour of cells and molecules, even on a microscopic scale. Operating at the frontier between pure and applied mathematics, she has forged important links to physics and chemistry, and enabled biologists to gain an in-depth structural understanding of biochemical reactions and enzymatic networks.
- Shafi Goldwasser, Recognized for her pioneering and fundamental work in computer science and cryptography, essential for secure communication over the internet as well as for shared computation on private data. Her research has a significant impact on our understanding of large classes of problems for which computers cannot efficiently find even approximate solutions.
- Françoise Combes, Recognized for her outstanding contribution to astrophysics which ranges from the discovery of molecules in interstellar space to supercomputer simulations of galaxy formation. Her work has been crucial to our understanding of the birth and evolution of stars and galaxies, including the role played by supermassive black holes in galactic centers.  
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