Laureates of the L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science International Award

The For Women in Science program empowers brilliant women scientists by rewarding and promoting their outstanding research and raising their profile at a global level. 117 Laureates have been awarded since 1998.

  • Kyoko Nozaki, Unesco Laureates 2021
    KYOKO NOZAKI
    Laureate 2021 ASIA AND THE PACIFIC
    Professor of Chemistry at the University of Tokyo ( Japan ).

    Awarded 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, Unesco Laureates 2021
    ALICIA DICKENSTEIN
    Laureate 2021 LATIN AMERICA AND THE CARIBBEAN
    Professor of Mathematics at the University of Buenos Aires ( Argentina ).

    Awarded 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 precise structures and behavior of cells and molecules, even at 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.

  • Catherine Ngila, Unesco Laureates 2021
    CATHERINE NGILA
    Laureate 2021 AFRICA AND THE ARAB STATES
    Acting Executive Director of the African Academy of Sciences, Former Deputy Vice Chancellor in charge of Academic and Student Affairs at Riara University, Kenya, and Visiting Professor of Applied Chemistry at the University of Johannesburg (South Africa).

    Awarded for introducing and developing nanotechnology based analytical methods for the monitoring of water pollutants and applying them in countries heavily impacted by pollution. Her innovative work is of vital importance for the development of sustainable water resource management, respecting the environment. 

  • FRANÇOISE COMBES
    Laureate 2021 Europe
    Professor and Galaxies and Cosmology Chair at the Collège de France in Paris, and Astrophysicist at the Paris Observatory - PSL ( France ).

    Awarded for her outstanding legacy in astrophysics which ranges from the discovery of molecules in the interstellar space to supercomputer simulations of galaxy formation. Her work has been crucial in our understanding of the birth and evolution of stars and galaxies, including the role played by supermassive black holes at galactic centers. 

  • Shafi Goldwasser, Unesco Laureates 2021
    SHAFI GOLDWASSER
    Laureate 2021 NORTH AMERICA
    Director of the Simons Institute for the Theory of Computing, Professor in Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences at University of California, RSA Professor Computer Science in USA and Professor of Computer Science and Applied Mathematics (Israel).

    Awarded 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 approximate solutions. 

  • Alba Mehio Sibai, Laureate For Women In Science International 2020
    Alba Mehio Sibai
    Laureate 2020 AFRICA AND THE ARAB STATES
    Professor of Epidemiology and Public Health Sciences, American University of Beirut ( Lebanon ).

    For her pioneering research and advocacy to improve healthy ageing in low- and middle-income countries and their impact on health and social policy programs. 

  • Edith Heard, Laureate For Women in Science International 2020
    Edith Heard
    Laureate 2020 Europe
    Director General of the European Molecular Biological Sciences Laboratory, Professor and Chair of Epigenetics and Cellular Memory at the Collège de France ( France ).

    For her fundamental discoveries concerning the mechanisms governing epigenetic processes, which allow mammals to regulate proper gene expression and are essential for life.

  • Esperanza Martinez Romero, For Women in Science International 2020
    Esperanza Martinez Romero
    Laureate 2020 LATIN AMERICA AND THE CARIBBEAN
    Professor of Environmental Science, Genomic Science at the Center of the National Autonomous University of Mexico ( Mexico )

    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.

  • Firdausi Qadri, Laureate For Women in Science International 2020
    Firdausi Qadri
    Laureate 2020 ASIA AND THE PACIFIC
    Senior Director, Infectious Diseases Division, International Center for Diarrhoeal Disease and Research, Dhaka ( Bangladesh ).

    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.

  • KRISTI ANSETH, Laureate For Women In Science International 2020
    Kristi Anseth
    Laureate 2020 NORTH AMERICA
    Distinguished Professor, Tisone Professor, Associate Professor of Surgery, University of Colorado, Boulder ( United States of America ).

    For her outstanding contribution in Converging Engineering and Biological Sciences to develop innovative biomaterials that help tissue regeneration and drug delivery.

  • Claire Voisin, Lauréate FWIS 2019
    Claire Voisin
    Laureate 2019 Europe
    Director at CNRS, Institute of Mathematics of Jussieu - Professor, Chair of Algebraic Geometry at the Collège de France ( France ).

    For her outstanding work in Algebraic Geometry.

  • INGRID DAUBECHIES, UNESCO LAUREATE 2019 NORTH AMERICA WESTERN EUROPE
    Ingrid Daubechies
    Laureate 2019 NORTH AMERICA
    Professor of Mathematics and Electrical and Computer Engineering, Duke University ( United States ).

    Pour sa contribution exceptionnelle au traitement numérique de l’image et du signal, fournissant des algorithmes courants et polyvalents pour la compression de données.

  • Karen Hallberg, LAUREATE 2019 FOR LATIN AMERICA AND THE CARIBBEAN
    Karen Hallberg
    Laureate 2019 LATIN AMERICA AND THE CARIBBEAN
    Professor of Physics at the Balseiro Institute and Research Director at the Bariloche Atomic Centre, CNEA/CONICET ( Argentina ).

    For developing cutting-edge computational approaches that allow scientists to understand the physics of quantum matter.

  • Maki Kawai, UNESCO LAUREATE 2019 ASIA AND THE PACIFIC
    Maki Kawai
    Laureate 2019 ASIA AND THE PACIFIC
    Director General, Institute for Molecular Science, University of Tokyo, Japan, member of the Science Council of Japan, President of the Chemical Society of Japan ( Japan ).

    For her ground-breaking work in manipulating molecules at the atomic level, in order to transform materials and create innovative materials.

  • NAJAT AOUN SALIBA, LAUREATE 2019 FOR AFRICA AND THE ARAB STATES
    Najat Aoun Saliba
    Laureate 2019 Arab States
    Professor of Chemistry and Director of the Nature Conservation Center at the American University of Beirut ( Lebanon ).

    For her pioneering work in identifying carcinogenic agents and other toxic air pollutants the in Middle East, and in modern nicotine delivery systems, such as cigarettes and hookahs.

  • Amy Austin, UNESCO LAUREATE 2018 LATIN AMERICA CARIBBEAN
    Amy Austin
    Laureate 2018 LATIN AMERICA AND THE CARIBBEAN
    Professor, IFEVA-CONICET, Faculty of Agronomy, University of Buenos Aires ( Argentina ).

    For her remarkable contributions to understanding terrestrial ecosystem ecology in natural and human-modified landscapes.

  • DAME CAROLINE DEAN
    Dame Caroline Dean
    Laureate 2018 Europe
    Professor, John Innes Centre, Norwich Research Park, (United Kingdom).

    For her groundbreaking research on how plants adapt to their surroundings and climate change, leading to new ways to improve crops.

  • Heather Zar, UNESCO LAUREATE 2018 SUB-SAHARAN AFRICA
    Heather Zar
    Laureate 2018 AFRICA AND THE ARAB STATES
    Professor and Chair, Department of Paediatrics & Child Health Sciences, Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital, Director SAMRC Unit, University of Cape Town ( South Africa ).

    For establishing a cutting-edge research programme on pneumonia, tuberculosis and asthma, saving the lives of many children worldwide.

  • Janet Rossant, LAUREATE 2018 FOR NORTH AMERICA
    Janet Rossant
    Laureate 2018 NORTH AMERICA
    Senior Scientist, The Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto, Canada Professor, University of Toronto, Canada, President, Gairdner Foundation, Director, Ontario Institute for Regenerative Medicine ( Canada ).

    For her outstanding research that helped to understand better how tissues and organs are formed in the developing embryo.

  • Meemann Chang 2018
    Meemann Chang
    Laureate 2018 ASIA AND THE PACIFIC
    Professor, Institute of Vertebrate Palaeontology and Palaeoanthropology Member of Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing ( China ).

    For her pioneering work on fossil records leading to insights on how aquatic vertebrates adapted to life on land.

  • Maria Tereza Ruiz, LAUREATE 2017 FOR LATIN AMERICA AND THE CARIBBEAN
    Maria Tereza Ruiz
    Laureate 2017 LATIN AMERICA AND THE CARIBBEAN
    Professor, Department of Astronomy, Universidad of Chile ( Chile ).

    For her contributions to the study of a variety of faint celestial objects hidden in the darkness of the universe.

  • MICHELLE SIMMONS
    Michelle Simmons
    Laureate 2017 ASIA AND THE PACIFIC
    Professor and Director of the Center of Excellence for Quantum Computation and Communication Technology, University of New South Wales ( Australia ).

    For pioneering ultra-fast quantum computers.

  • NICOLA SPALDIN
    Nicola Spaldin
    Laureate 2017 Europe
    Professor and Chair of Materials Theory, ETH Zürich ( Switzerland ).

    For reinventing magnetic materials for next-generation Material Engineering devices.

  • Niveen Khashab, UNESCO LAUREATE 2017 AFRICA AND THE ARAB STATES
    Niveen Khashab
    Laureate 2017 Africa and Arab States
    Associate Professor of Chemical Sciences and Engineering, King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) ( Saudi Arabia ).

    For designing novel nanoparticles that could improve early detection of disease.

  • Zhenan Bao, UNESCO LAUREATE 2017 NORTH AMERICA WESTERN EUROPE
    Zhenan Bao
    Laureate 2017 NORTH AMERICA
    Professor of Chemical Engineering and Material Science and Engineering, Stanford University ( USA ).

    For inventing skin-inspired Material Engineering materials.

  • ANDREA GAMARNIK
    Andrea Gamarnik
    Laureate 2016 LATIN AMERICA AND THE CARIBBEAN
    Professor, Molecular Virology Laboratory, Fundación Instituto Leloir, CONICET, Buenos Aires ( Argentina ).

    For her seminal discoveries on how mosquito-borne viruses reproduce and cause human diseases, particularly Dengue Fever.

  • EMMANUELLE CHARPENTIER
    Emmanuelle Charpentier
    Laureate 2016 Europe
    Professor and researcher in microbiological Sciences, Genetics and Biochemistry, Director of the Max Planck Institute for Infection Biological Sciences, Berlin ( Germany )..

    For her game-changing discovery, alongside Professor Jennifer Doudna, of a versatile DNA editing technique to “rewrite” flawed genes in people and other living organisms, opening tremendous new possibilities for treating, even curing, diseases.

  • Hualan Chen, UNESCO LAUREATE 2016 ASIA AND THE PACIFIC
    Hualan Chen
    Laureate 2016 ASIA AND THE PACIFIC
    Member of the World Organisation for Animal Health Sciences (OIE), member of the Food and Agriculture Organization Corporate Statistical Database (FAOSTAT), Reseacher and PhD Supervisor at Harbin Veterinary Research Institute of Chinese Academy, (China).

    For her outstanding research into the biology of the bird flu virus, leading to the development and use of an effective vaccine.

  • Jennifer Doudna, UNESCO LAUREATE 2016 NORTH AMERICA WESTERN EUROPE
    Jennifer Doudna
    Laureate 2016 NORTH AMERICA
    Li Ka Shing Chancellor Chair Professor, Department of Chemistry and Department of Molecular and Cell Biological Sciences, University of California, Berkeley ( USA ).

    For her game-changing discovery, alongside Professor Emmanuelle Charpentier, of a versatile DNA editing technique to “rewrite” flawed genes in people and other living organisms, opening tremendous new possibilities for treating, even curing, diseases.

  • Q. Abdool Karim, UNESCO LAUREATE 2016 SUB-SAHARAN AFRICA
    QUARRAISHA Abdool Karim
    Laureate 2016 AFRICA AND THE ARAB STATES
    Associate Scientific Director of the AIDS research center, CAPRISA, Professor in Clinical Epidemiology at the Columbia University, honorary professor in Public Health Sciences at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, (South Africa).

    For her remarkable contribution to the prevention and treatment of HIV and associated infections, greatly improving the quality of life of women in Africa.

  • Carol Robinson, UNESCO LAUREATE 2015 Europe
    Carol Robinson
    Laureate 2015 Europe
    Chemist and President of the Royal Society of Chemistry, Royal Society Reseacher Professor at the Physical and Theoretical Chemistry Laboratory at the University of Oxford ( United Kingdom ).

    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.

  • Molly Shoichet, UNESCO LAUREATE 2015 NORTH AMERICA WESTERN EUROPE
    Molly Shoichet
    Laureate 2015 Europe
    Professor, Chemistry and biomedical engineering at Toronto University Head of the research program Shoichetlab specialized to the regenerative medecine ( Canada )

    For her pioneering work on advanced laser photochemistry for creating 3D patterns in hydrogels that enable regeneration of nerve tissue. In addition, she established a new method to deliver biotherapeutics to the central nervous system, overcoming the blood-brain barrier.

  • RAJAA CHERKAOUI EL MOURSLI, UNESCO LAUREATE 2015 AFRICA AND THE ARABE STATES
    Rajaa CHERKAOUI EL MOURSLI
    Laureate 2015 AFRICA AND THE ARAB STATES
    Professor of nuclear physics at Mohammed V's Rabat University ( Marocco ).

    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. 

  • Thaisa Bergmann, LATIN AMERICA AND CARIBBEAN
    Thaisa BERGMANN
    Laureate 2015 LATIN AMERICA AND THE CARIBBEAN
    President of Cross-Division D-J Commission Supermassive Black Holes, Feedback and Galaxy Evolution at UFGRS / Head of Research Group Department of Astronomy - IF-UFRGS ( Brazil ).

    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.

  • Yi Xie
    Laureate 2015 ASIA AND THE PACIFIC
    Chemist, member of the Chinese Academy of Sciences and a fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry, professor and doctoral supervisor at University of Science and Technology of China ( China ).

    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. 

  • BRIGITTE KIEFFER
    Brigitte Kieffer
    Laureate 2014 Europe
    Professor at Strasbourg Univercity, Director of INSERM at Strasbourg and Institut Douglas at Montreal (France).

    For her decisive work on the brain mechanisms involved in pain, mental illness and drug addiction.

  • Cecila BOUZAT
    Cecila BOUZAT
    Laureate 2014 LATIN AMERICA AND THE CARIBBEAN
    Principal Investigator of the CONICET and Deputy Director of the Institute of Biochemical Research of White Bay (INIBIBB), ( Argentina ).

    For her contribution to our understanding of how brain cells communicate among themselves and with muscles.

  • KAYO INABA
    Kayo Inaba
    Laureate 2014 ASIA AND THE PACIFIC
    Director, Kyoto University Gender Equality Promotion Center / Executive Vice-President for Gender Equality, International Affairs, and Public Relations, Kyoto University/ Guest Investigator ( Japan ).

    For her critical discoveries concerning the mechanisms triggered by the immune system when it is faced with a threat such as a virus or bacteria or by abnormal cells such as cancer cells.

  • LAURIE GLIMCHER
    Laurie Glimcher
    Laureate 2014 NORTH AMERICA
    President and CEO of Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Member of the American Philosophical Society ( USA ).

    For discovering key factors involved in controlling immune response (T-bet) in allergies and in autoimmune, infectious and malignant diseases.

  • SEGENET KELEMU
    Segenet Kelemu
    Laureate 2014 AFRICA AND THE ARAB STATES
    Director General of the International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology, Director of Biosciences eastern and central Africa (BecA); Vice President of Programs at the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA), and Leader of Crop and Agroecosy

    For her research on how microorganisms living in symbiosis with forage grasses can improve their capacity to resist disease and adapt to environmental and climate change.

  • DEBORAH JIN
    Deborah JIN
    Laureate 2013 LATIN AMERICA AND THE CARIBBEAN

    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.

  • FRANCISCA OKEKE
    Francisca OKEKE
    Laureate 2013 AFRICA AND THE ARAB STATES
    Professor of Physics at the University of Nigeria ( Nigeria ).

    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.

  • Marcia Barbosa, UNESCO LAUREATE 2013 LATIN AMERICA AND THE CARIBBEAN
    Marcia BARBOSA
    Laureate 2013 LATIN AMERICA AND THE CARIBBEAN
    Freelance Biogeography consulting nd training at Portugal ( Brazil ).

    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.

  • Pratibha Gai, UNESCO LAUREATE 2013 EUROPE
    Pratibha GAI
    Laureate 2013 Europe
    Microscopist and Professor and Chair of Electron Microscopy and former Director at The York JEOL Nanocentre, Departments of Chemistry and Physics, University of York ( United Kingdom ).

    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.

  • Reiko Kuroda, UNESCO LAUREATE 2013 ASIA AND THE PACIFIC
    Reiko KURODA
    Laureate 2013 ASIA AND THE PACIFIC
    Foreign member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences in its class for chemistry, Professor at the Department of Life Sciences at the University of Tokyo ( Japan ).

    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.

  • BONNIE BASSLER
    Bonnie BASSLER
    Laureate 2012 NORTH AMERICA
    Professor in Molecular Biological Sciences and chair of the Department of Molecular Biological Sciences at Princeton University ( USA ).

    For understanding the chemical communication between bacteria and opening new doors for treating infections.

  • FRANCES ASHCROFT
    Frances ASHCROFT
    Laureate 2012 Europe
    Royal Society GlaxoSmithKline Research Professor at the University Laboratory of Physiology at the University of Oxford ( United Kingdom )

    For advancing our understanding of insulin secretion and of neonatal diabetes.

  • Ingrid Scheffer, UNESCO LAUREATE 2012 SOUTH WEST ASIA
    Ingrid SCHEFFER
    Laureate 2012 ASIA AND THE PACIFIC
    Paediatric neurologist and senior research fellow at the Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health Sciences ( Australia ).

    For identifying genes involved in some forms of epilepsy.

  • Jill Farrant, UNESCO LAUREATE 2012 SUB-SAHARAN AFRICA
    Jill FARRANT
    Laureate 2012 AFRICA AND THE ARAB STATES
    Professor of Molecular and Cell Biological Sciences at the University of Cape Town ( South Africa ).

    For discovering how plants survive under dry conditions.

  • Susana Lopez, UNESCO LAUREATE 2012 LATIN AMERICA AND THE CARIBBEAN
    Susana LÓPEZ
    Laureate 2012 LATIN AMERICA AND THE CARIBBEAN
    Professor of virology at the Institute of Biotechnology at the National Autonomous University of Mexico ( Mexico ).

    For identifying how rotaviruses cause the death of 600,000 children each year.

  • ANNE L'HUILLIER, UNESCO LAUREATE 2011 EUROPE
    Anne L'HUILLIER
    Laureate 2011 Europe
    Professor of atomic physic at Lund University in Sweden ( Sweden ).

    For her work on the development of the fastest camera for recording events in attoseconds (a billionth of a billionth of a second).

  • Faiza Al-Kharafi, UNESCO LAUREATE 2011 AFRICA AND THE ARAB STATES
    Faiza AL-KHARAFI
    Laureate 2011 AFRICA AND THE ARAB STATES
    Professor of chemistry at Kuwait University, member of the Board of Director of Kuwait University ( Kuwait )

    For her work on corrosion, a problem of fundamental importance to water treatment and the oil industry.

  • Jillian Banfield, UNESCO LAUREATE 2011 NORTH AMERICA WESTERN EUROPE
    Jillian BANFIELD
    Laureate 2011 NORTH AMERICA
    Professor at the University of California, Berkeley with appointments in the Earth Science, Ecosystem Science and Materials Science and Engineering departments.

    For her work on bacterial and material behaviour under extreme conditions relevant to the environment and the Earth.

  • Silvia Torres-Peimbert, UNESCO LAUREATE 2011 LATIN AMERICA AND THE CARIBBEAN
    Silvia Torres-Peimbert
    Laureate 2011 LATIN AMERICA AND THE CARIBBEAN
    President of the International Astronomical Union  and member of the American Astronomical Society and the Academy of Sciences of the Developing World.

    For her work on the chemical composition of nebulae which is fundamental to our understanding of the origin of the universe.

  • Viviana Wing-Wah Yam, UNESCO LAUREATE 2011 ASIA AND THE PACIFIC
    Vivianna WING-WAH YAM
    Laureate 2011 ASIA AND THE PACIFIC
    Professor in chemistry and Energy at the University of Hong Kong ( China ).

    For her work on light-emitting materials and innovative ways of capturing solar energy.

  • Alejandra Bravo, UNESCO LAUREATE 2010 LATIN AMERICA AND THE CARIBBEAN
    Alejandra BRAVO
    Laureate 2010 LATIN AMERICA AND THE CARIBBEAN
    Researcher at the Institute of Molecular MicroBiological Sciences of the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) ( Mexico ).

    For her work on a bacterial toxin that acts as a powerful insecticide.

  • Anne Dejean, UNESCO LAUREATE 2010 EUROPE
    Anne DEJEAN
    Laureate 2010 Europe
    Research Director at INSERM and Professor at the Pasteur Institute,  head of the Laboratory of Nuclear Organization and Oncogenesis at the Pasteur Institute and the INSERM Unit 993 'Molecular and Cellular Biological Sciences of Tumors ( France ).

    For her contributions to our understanding of leukaemia and liver cancers.

  • Elaine Fuchs, UNESCO LAUREATE 2010 NORTH AMERICA WESTERN EUROPE
    Elaine FUCHS
    Laureate 2010 NORTH AMERICA
    Investigator at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute and the Rebecca C. Lancefield Professor of Mammalian Cell Biological Sciences and Development at The Rockefeller University ( USA ).

    For her contributions to our knowledge of skin Biological Sciences and skin stem cells.

  • Lourdes Cruz, UNESCO LAUREATE 2010 ASIA AND THE PACIFIC
    Lourdes CRUZ
    Laureate 2010 ASIA AND THE PACIFIC
    Professor of Immunology, at the University of Phillipines Marine Science Institte, Founder of the rural Livehood Incubator in Bataan ( Phillipines )

    For the discovery of marine snail toxins that can serve as powerful tools to study brain function.

  • RASHIKA EL RIDI
    Rashika EL RIDI
    Laureate 2010 AFRICA AND THE ARAB STATES
    Professor of Immunology, Department of Zoology Faculty of Science, Cairo University ( Egypt ).

    For paving the way towards the development of a vaccine against the tropical disease schistosomiasis.

  • Akiko Kobayashi, UNESCO LAUREATE 2009 ASIA AND THE PACIFIC
    Akiko KOBAYASHI
    Laureate 2009 ASIA AND THE PACIFIC
    Professor of chemistry emeritus at the University of Tokyo and Nihon University ( Japan ).

    For her contribution to the development of molecular conductors and the design and synthesis of a single-component molecular metal. 

  • Athene Donald, UNESCO LAUREATE 2009 EUROPE
    Athene DONALD
    Laureate 2009 Europe
    Professor of Experimental Physics at the University of Cambridge and Master of Churchill College, Cambridge ( United Kingdom )

    For her work in unraveling the mysteries of the physics of messy materials, ranging from cement to starch. 

  • Beatriz Barbuy, UNESCO LAUREATE 2009 LATIN AMERICA AND THE CARIBBEAN
    Beatriz BARBUY
    Laureate 2009 LATIN AMERICA AND THE CARIBBEAN
    Professor of astrophysique at the Instituto de Astronomia, Geofísica e Ciências Atmosféricas (IAG) at the University of São Paulo, vice-president of the International Astronomical Union (IAU) ( Brazil ).

    For her work on the life of stars from the birth of the Universe to the present time. 

  • Eugenia Kumacheva, UNESCO LAUREATE 2009 NORTH AMERICA WESTERN EUROPE
    Eugenia KUMACHEVA
    Laureate 2009 NORTH AMERICA
    Professor of Chemistry at the University of Toronto and a Canada Research Chair in Advanced Functional Materials ( Canada ).

    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.

  • Tebello Nyokong, UNESCO LAUREATE 2009 SUB-SAHARAN AFRICA
    Tebello NYOKONG
    Laureate 2009 AFRICA AND THE ARAB STATES
    Professoro of medicale chemestryand nanotechnology at Rhodes University, and a recipient of the Presidency of South Africa's Order of Mapungubwe in Bronze ( South Africa ).

    For her work on harnessing light for cancer therapy and for environmental clean-up.

  • Ada Yonath, UNESCO LAUREATE 2008 AFRICA AND THE ARAB STATES
    Ada YONATH
    Laureate 2008 AFRICA AND THE ARAB STATES
    Professor at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem Weizmann Institute of Science ( Israel ).

    For her structural studies of the protein biosynthesis system and its disruption by antibiotics.

  • Ana Belen Elgoyen, UNESCO LAUREATE 2008 LATIN AMERICA AND THE CARIBBEAN
    Ana Belen ELGOYHEN
    Laureate 2008 LATIN AMERICA AND THE CARIBBEAN
    Professor of Pharmacology at the University of Buenos Aires and independent researcher of the National Scientific and Technical Research Council ( Argentina ).

    For her contributions to the understanding of the molecular basis of hearing (sense).

  • ELIZABETH BLACKBURN
    Elizabeth BLACKBURN
    Laureate 2008 NORTH AMERICA
    Researcher at molecular Biological Sciences at the University of California, member of the Institute of Medicine ( USA ).

    For the discovery of the nature and maintenance of chromosome ends and their roles in cancer and aging. 

  • Lihadh Al-Gazali, UNESCO LAUREATE 2008 AFRICA AND THE ARAB STATES
    Lihadh AL-GAZALI
    Laureate 2008 Africa and Arab States
    Professor in Clinical Genetics and Paediatrics ( UAE ).

    For her contributions to the characterization of inherited disorders.

  • V. NARRY KIM, UNESCO LAUREATE 2008 EAST ASIA PACIFIC
    V. Narry KIM
    Laureate 2008 ASIA AND THE PACIFIC
    Professor of biochemestry, cell Biological Sciences and Molecular Biological Sciences at Seoul National University ( Korea ).

    For elucidating the formation of a new class of RNA molecules involved in gene regulation.

  • Ameenah Gurib Fakim, UNESCO LAUREATE 2007 SUB-SAHARAN AFRICA
    Ameenah GURIB-FAKIM
    Laureate 2007 AFRICA AND THE ARAB STATES

    For her exploration and analysis of plants from Mauritius and their bio-medical applications. 

  • LIGIA GARGALLO
    Ligia GARGALLO
    Laureate 2007 LATIN AMERICA AND THE CARIBBEAN
    Professor, Department of Physical Chemistry Pontifical Catholic University of Chile Santiago ( Chile ).

    For her contributions to understanding solution properties of polymers. 

  • Mildred Dresselhaus, UNESCO LAUREATE 2007 NORTH AMERICA WESTERN EUROPE
    Mildred DRESSELHAUS
    Laureate 2007 NORTH AMERICA

    For her research on solid state materials, including conceptualizing the creation of carbon nanotubes.

  • Tatiana Birshtein, UNESCO LAUREATE 2007 CENTRAL ASIA
    Tatiana BIRSHTEIN
    Laureate 2007 ASIA AND THE PACIFIC

    For her contribution to the understanding of the shapes, sizes and motions of large molecules. 

  • CHRISTIANE NÜSSLEIN-VOLHARD, UNESCO LAUREATE 2006 EUROPE
    Christiane NÜSSLEIN-VOLHARD
    Laureate 2006 Europe
    Since October 2014 Director Emeritus of Research Group "Colour Pattern Formation" at the Max Planck Institute of Developmental Biological Sciences, Tübingen ( Germany ).

    For her efforts in supporting highly qualified women with children to facilitate their progress in science.

  • CHRISTINE VAN BROECKHOVEN, UNESCO LAUREATE 2006 CENTRAL EASTERN EUROPE
    Christine VAN BROECKHOVEN
    Laureate 2006 Europe
     Research Project Investigator - Laboratory Director - Department director - VIB Department of Molecular Genetics Campus Drie Eiken University of Antwerp - UA Universiteitsplein 1 ( Belgium ).

    For her genetic investigations of Alzheimer’s and other neurodegenerative disorders.

  • Esther Orozco, UNESCO LAUREATE 2006 LATIN AMERICA AND THE CARIBBEAN
    Esther OROZCO
    Laureate 2006 LATIN AMERICA AND THE CARIBBEAN
    Professor, Patología Experimental Centro de Investigación y de Estudios Avanzados del Instituto Politécnico Nacional, Mexico City ( Mexico ).

    For her discovery of the mechanism and control of infections by amoebae in the tropics.

  • HABIBA BOUHAMED CHAABOUNI, UNESCO LAUREATE 2006 AFRICA AND ARAB STATES
    Habiba BOUHAMED CHAABOUNI
    Laureate 2006 Africa and Arab States
    Professor of Medical Genetics at University of Tunis ( Tunisia ).

    For her contribution to the analysis and prevention of hereditary disorders.

  • Jennifer Graves, UNESCO LAUREATE 2006 ASIA AND THE PACIFIC
    Jennifer GRAVES
    Laureate 2006 ASIA AND THE PACIFIC
    Emeritus Professor in molecullar science at Australian National University, Canberra Head, Comparative Genomics Research Group Director, ARC Centre for Kangaroo Genomics ( Australia ).

    For her studies on the evolution of mammalian genomes.

  • Pamela Bjorkman, UNESCO LAUREATE 2006 NORTH AMERICA WESTERN EUROPE
    Pamela BJORKMAN
    Laureate 2006 NORTH AMERICA
    Max Delbruck Professor of Biological Sciences and Investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute California Institute of Technology (CalTech) Pasadena, California ( USA ).

    For her discovery of how the immune system recognizes targets. 

  • Belita Koiller, UNESCO LAUREATE 2005 LATIN AMERICA AND THE CARIBBEAN
    Belita KOILLER
    Laureate 2005 LATIN AMERICA AND THE CARIBBEAN
    Professor of Physics at the Institute of Physics Federal University of Rio de Janeiro ( Brazil ).

    For her innovative theoretical research on electrons in disordered materials such as glass.

  • Dominique Langevin, UNESCO LAUREATE 2005 EUROPE
    Dominique LANGEVIN
    Laureate 2005 Europe
    CNRS Directeur de Recherches Laboratory of Solid State Physics, University of Paris-Sud, Orsay ( France ).

    For her fundamental investigations of detergents, emulsions and foams. 

  • Fumiko Yonezawa, UNESCO LAUREATE 2005 ASIA AND THE PACIFIC
    Fumiko YONEZAWA
    Laureate 2005 ASIA AND THE PACIFIC

    For her pioneering theory and computer simulations of amorphous semiconductors and liquid metals.

  • MYRIAM P. SARACHIK
    Myriam P. SARACHIK
    Laureate 2005 NORTH AMERICA
    Distinguished Emeritus Professor of Physics Department of Physics, City College of New York (CUNY), New York ( USA ).

    For important experiments on electrical conduction and the transition between metals and insulators.

  • ZOHRA BEN LAKHDAR, UNESCO LAUREATE 2005 AFRICA AND ARAB STATES
    Zohra BEN LAKHDAR
    Laureate 2005 Africa and Arab States
    Professor of Physics Laboratory of Atomic-Molecular Spectroscopy and Applications, Faculty of Sciences, University of Tunis El Manar ( Tunisia ).

    For her experiments and models on infrared spectroscopy and its applications to pollution detection and medicine.

  • Christine Petit, UNESCO LAUREATE 2004 EUROPE
    Christine PETIT
    Laureate 2004 Europe
    ReResearcher at Genetics of Sensory Defects Laboratory Institut Pasteur, Paris ( France ).

    For her elucidation of the genetic defects in hereditary deafness and other sensory disorders.

  • Jennifer Thomson, UNESCO LAUREATE 2004 SUB-SAHARAN AFRICA
    Jennifer THOMSON
    Laureate 2004 AFRICA AND THE ARAB STATES
    Professor at Department of Molecular and Cell Biological Sciences. University of Cape Town ( South Africa ).

    For her development of transgenic plants resistant to viral infections, drought, and other risks.

  • Lucia MENDONÇA PREVIATO, UNESCO LAUREATE 2004 LATIN AMERICA AND THE CARIBBEAN
    Lucia MENDONÇA PREVIATO
    Laureate 2004 LATIN AMERICA AND THE CARIBBEAN
    Professor and reResearcher of Biophysics Institute, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro ( Brazil ).

    For her achievements in the understanding, treatment and prevention of Chagas' disease.

  • Nancy Ip, UNESCO LAUREATE 2004 ASIA AND THE PACIFIC
    Nancy IP
    Laureate 2004 ASIA AND THE PACIFIC
    Professor at Department of Biochemistry and Biotechnology Research Institute, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Hong Kong ( China ).

    For her discoveries on the molecular control of growth, differentiation, and synapse formation in the nervous system.

  • PHILIPPA MARRACK
    Philippa MARRACK
    Laureate 2004 NORTH AMERICA
    Professor at National Jewish Medical and Research Center, Denver, Colorado ( USA ).

    For her characterization of the functions of T lymphocytes in immunity and the discovery of super-antigens.

  • Aysha Erzan, UNESCO LAUREATE 2003 AFRICA AND ARAB STATES
    Aysha ERZAN
    Laureate 2003 Africa and Arab States
    Professor at Istanbul Technical University, Istanbul ( Turkey ).

    For her theoretical work on the formation of tree-like structures.

  • Fang Hua-Li, UNESCO LAUREATE 2003 ASIA AND THE PACIFIC
    Fang-Hua LI
    Laureate 2003 ASIA AND THE PACIFIC

    For her discovery of novel techniques in electron microscopy.

  • UNESCO LAUREATE 2003 NORTH AMERICA WESTERN EUROPE
    Johanna LEVELT SENGERS
    Laureate 2003 NORTH AMERICA

    For her experiments on critical opalescence in fluids.

  • KARIMAT EL-SAYED, UNESCO LAUREATE 2003 AFRICA AND ARAB STATES
    Karimat EL-SAYED
    Laureate 2003 AFRICA AND THE ARAB STATES
    Professor of Crystallography at Ain Shams University ( Egypt ).

    For her work on crystal growth, including the formation of kidney stones.

  • Marianna Weissmann, UNESCO LAUREATE 2003 LATIN AMERICA AND THE CARIBBEAN
    Marianna WEISSMANN
    Laureate 2003 LATIN AMERICA AND THE CARIBBEAN
    Professor at Argentine National Research Council, Buenos Aires ( Argentina ).

    For her theoretical studies on novel forms of carbon.

  • ANA MARIA LOPEZ COLOMÉ, UNESCO LAUREATE 2002 LATIN AMERICA AND THE CARIBBEAN
    Ana Maria LOPEZ COLOMÉ
    Laureate 2002 LATIN AMERICA AND THE CARIBBEAN
    Professor of biochemestry at the Institute of Cellular Physiology, National Autonomous University, Mexico City ( Mexico ).

    For her discoveries of the molecular pathways involved in vision and pathological alterations.

  • INDIRA NATH, UNESCO LAUREATE 2002 SOUTH WEST ASIA
    Indira NATH
    Laureate 2002 ASIA AND THE PACIFIC
    Professor at All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi - Former Founder Head of Department of Biotechnology at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences ( India ).

    For her fundamental contributions to the pathogeny, prevention and treatment of leprosy.

  • Marianne Grunberg-Manago, UNESCO LAUREATE 2002 CENTRAL EASTERN EUROPE
    Marianne GRUNBERG-MANAGO
    Laureate 2002 Europe

    For her lifetime achievements and exceptional participation in the development of modern molecular Biology.

  • Mary Osborn, UNESCO LAUREATE 2002 EUROPE
    Mary OSBORN
    Laureate 2002 Europe
    International Union of Biochemistry and Molecular Biological Sciences (IUBMB). Member of University of Göttingen Research Committee ( Germany ).

    For her development of immunofluorescence microscopy as a tool for the study of cytoskeletal structures.

  • NAGWA MEGUID, UNESCO LAUREATE 2002 AFRICA AND ARAB STATES
    Nagwa MEGUID
    Laureate 2002 AFRICA AND THE ARAB STATES
    Researcher at the National Research Center, Cairo ( Egypt ).

    For her systematic genetic investigations of Down syndrome and other neurological conditions in the Mediterranean region.

  • SHIRLEY TILGHMAN, UNESCO LAUREATE 2002 NORTH AMERICA WESTERN EUROPE
    Shirley TILGHMAN
    Laureate 2002 NORTH AMERICA
    President, Princeton University, New Jersey (United States).

    For her discovery of parental imprinting and its role in embryological development.

  • ADEYINKA GLADYS FALUSI, UNESCO LAUREATE 2001 SUB-SAHARAN AFRICA
    Adeyinka Gladys FALUSI
    Laureate 2001 AFRICA AND THE ARAB STATES
    Professor of haematology at Institute for Medical Research & Training of the College of Medicine, University of Ibadan, Ibadan ( Nigeria ).

    For her molecular-genetic identification and classification of hereditary blood diseases in Africa.

  • ANNE MC LAREN, UNESCO LAUREATE 2001 EUROPE
    Anne MC LAREN
    Laureate 2001 Europe

    For her discoveries in reproductive Biology, which have paved the way to human assisted reproduction.

  • JOAN STEITZ, UNESCO LAUREATE 2001 NORTH AMERICA WESTERN EUROPE
    Joan STEITZ
    Laureate 2001 NORTH AMERICA
    Pofessor of molecular Biological Sciences at Yale University ( USA ).

    For her discoveries of the structure, biological functions and pathological implications of small RNA molecules.

  • MAYANNA ZATZ, UNESCO LAUREATE 2001 LATIN AMERICA CARIBBEAN
    Mayanna ZATZ
    Laureate 2001 LATIN AMERICA AND THE CARIBBEAN
    Professor of genetics University of Sao Paulo ( Brazil ).

    For her contributions to the pathology, diagnosis and management of hereditary.

  • SUZANNE CORY, UNESCO LAUREATE 2001 EAST ASIA PACIFIC
    Suzanne CORY
    Laureate 2001 ASIA AND THE PACIFIC
    Professor at The Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research, Melbourne ( Australia ).

    For her contributions to our understanding of the genetic basis of human lymphoma and other cancerous conditions.

  • EUGENIA MARIA DEL PINO VEINTIMILLA, UNESCO LAUREATE 2000 LATIN AMERICA AND THE CARIBBEAN
    Eugenia Maria Del Pino Veintimilla
    Laureate 2000 LATIN AMERICA AND THE CARIBBEAN
    Professor of developmental Biological Sciences at Pontifical Catholic University of Ecuador, Quito ( Equateur ).

    For her original investigations on the Biology of marsupial tree frogs and her efforts on behalf of conservation in the Galapagos Islands.

  • JOANNE CHORY, UNESCO LAUREATE 2000 NORTH AMERICA WESTERN EUROPE
    Joanne CHORY
    Laureate 2000 NORTH AMERICA
    Professor and Director Plant Molecular and Cellular Biological Sciences Laboratory Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator ( USA ).

    For her elucidation of the mechanisms involved in the response of plant organisms to light

  • MARGARITA SALAS, UNESCO LAUREATE 2000 EUROPE
    Margarita SALAS
    Laureate 2000 Europe

    For her fundamental contributions to our understanding of DNA replication.

  • UNESCO LAUREATE 2000 NORTH AMERICA WESTERN EUROPE
    Thressa CAMPBELL STADTMAN
    Laureate 2000 NORTH AMERICA
    BIOCHEMISTRY ( USA ).

    For her contributions to the epidemiology of cardiovascular disease in Africa.

  • TUNEKO OKAZAKI
    Tuneko OKAZAKI
    Laureate 2000 ASIA AND THE PACIFIC
    Professor of Molecular Biological Sciences at the Institute of Comprehensive Medical Science, Fujita Health Sciences University, Aichi ( Japan ).

    For her discovery of the molecular mechanism of retrograde DNA replication.

  • VALÉRIE MIZRAHI, UNESCO LAUREATE 2000 SUB-SAHARAN AFRICA
    Valérie MIZRAHI
    Laureate 2000 AFRICA AND THE ARAB STATES
    Researching at Molecular Mycobacteriology Research Unit, National Health Sciences Laboratory Service and University of the Witwatersrand ( South Africa ).

    For her contributions to the fight against tuberculosis and other infectious diseases.

  • MONTENEGRO, Laureate 1998
    Gloria MONTENEGRO
    Laureate 1998 LATIN AMERICA AND THE CARIBBEAN
    Professor of botanic at the Faculty of Agronomy and Forestry Sciences Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile, Santiago, (Chile).

    For her efforts to apply modern science to the protection of plant ecosystems.
     

  • Grace Oladunni TAYLOR Laureate 1998
    Grace Oladunni TAYLOR
    Laureate 1998 AFRICA AND THE ARAB STATES
    Retired in 2004 but continued to lecture at Ibadan in the Department of Chemical Pathology.

    For her contributions to epidemiolohy of cadio vascular diesease in Africa.
     

  • Pascale COSSART, Laureate 1998
    Pascale COSSART
    Laureate 1998 Europe
    Professor at Bacteria-Cell interaction Unit, Institut Pasteur, Paris, (France).

    For her elucidation of the mechanisms whereby pathogenic bacteria subvert immune defenses.
     

  • YU MEONG-HEE, Laureate 1998
    Yu MEONG-HEE
    Laureate 1998 ASIA AND THE PACIFIC
    Researcher and professor on micro Biological Sciences at Korean Institute of Science and Technology, Seoul, (South Korea).

    For her discoveries of protein folding and its relationship to human pathology.