program celebrates female scientific excellence and spotlights the advancements
made by the leading women scientists to inspire more young females to pursue
careers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) fields.
are proud to share that we remain strong in our commitment in supporting and
recognizing talented young female scientists in their professional achievements,
even during this pandemic," shared Isabelle Lim, L’Oréal Corporate Affairs,
Engagement, Sustainability, Consumer Advisory Director.
Gloryn Chia Le Bin, the 2021 Life Sciences fellow, is the Assistant Professor
in the Department of Pharmacy, Faculty of Science, National University of
Singapore. Her work focuses on development of next-generation personalized cancer
vaccines that will be targeted to the tumour. She aims to develop more
effective therapies for the treatment of refractory cancer with her research.
Zhou Yan, the recipient of the 2021 Physical and Engineering Sciences award, is
the Editor of Water Research, the top journal in environmental engineering, as
well as an Associate Professor in the School of Civil and Environmental
Engineering, National Technological University. Her research delves into
converting organic waste to microbial proteins (single-cell proteins). Her goal
is to alleviate the growing demand for protein-based food, providing food
security in Singapore, and simultaneously developing a new roadmap for food
Gloryn Chia Le Bin and Dr Zhou Yan join the ranks of 275 and counting brilliant
young women scientists awarded globally in 110 countries every year.
Both fellows were selected by an esteemed jury panel of six eminent members of the Singapore scientific community whose active participation in the program was crucial in ensuring scientific excellence at every step of the selection process. The jury members are:
Dr Christina Chai
Head of Department & Professor in the Department of Pharmacy, National University of Singapore (NUS)
Prof Leo Tan
Professor in the Department of Biological Science, National University of Singapore
Prof Low Hong Yee
Associate Head of Pillar of Engineering Product Development (EPD); Associate Professor (EPD) & Director of the Digital Manufacturing and Design Centre (DManD), Singapore University of Technology and Design
Dr Tarun Chopra
Director of Advanced Research at L'Oréal Singapore; Joint Director of L'Oréal-SELSE Microbiome Lab at Nanyang Technology University
Prof Lam Yeng Ming
Chair of the School of Materials Science and Engineering; Director of the Facility for Analysis, Characterisation, Testing and Simulation (FACTS) Lab, Nanyang Technological University
Dr Lisa Ng
Executive Director, A*STAR Infectious Diseases Labs; Executive Director, Biomedical Research Council, A*STAR
Runner Up: The 2021 Life Sciences Finalist
Researcher/Designation: Dr Dang Thuy Tram, Assistant Professor, School of Chemical and Biomedical Engineering, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
Research Summary: Fabricating a 3D printing device for implantation to deliver cellular therapeutics with enhanced cell survival for treatment of insulin dependent diabetes.
Runner Up: The 2021 Physical & Engineering Sciences Finalist
Researcher/Designation: Dr Chew Jia Wei, Associate Professor, School of Chemical and Biomedical Engineering, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
Research Summary: Understanding membrane biofouling by biopharmaceuticals through both experiments and simulations to assess the dominant operating parameters and interfacial interactions. The results obtained from research can be extended to other biopharmaceuticals, chiral separation of small molecule pharmaceuticals, and to food processing.