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.
PROFESSOR ANAMARÍA FONT
Laureate 2023 for LATIN AMERICA AND THE CARIBBEAN
Professor of Physics, Central University of Venezuela.
Prof. Anamaría Font is recognized for her work in theoretical particle physics, with a particular focus on developing the theory of superstrings. This describes, in a unified and consistent way, the elementary particles of nature. Her research has enabled further understanding of the theory’s consequences for the structure of matter and quantum gravity, which are also relevant to the description of black holes and the first moments after the big bang.
PROFESSOR AVIV REGEV
Laureate 2023 for NORTH AMERICA
Executive Vice President and Global Head of Genentech Research and Early Development, Genentech/Roche, San Francisco.
Prof. Aviv Regev is awarded for her pioneering work applying mathematics and computer science to revolutionize cell biology. Her research enables scientists to discover and characterize the trillions of cells within the body and enhances our ability to decipher and target the mechanisms that cause disease, in order to develop better diagnostics and therapies.
PROFESSOR FRANCES KIRWAN
Laureate 2023 for EUROPE
Savilian Professor of Geometry, University of Oxford.
Prof. Frances Kirwan is rewarded for her exceptional work in pure mathematics combining geometry and algebra in order to develop techniques to understand the classification of geometric objects. These techniques have been used by theoretical physicists searching for mathematical descriptions of our universe. Her recent work has the potential to help scientists to extract crucial information from large complex data sets.
PROFESSOR LIDIA MORAWSKA
Laureate 2023 for ASIA AND THE PACIFIC
Distinguished Professor, School of Earth Sciences and Climate, Queensland University of Technology, Australia and Director of the International Laboratory for air quality and health.
Prof. Lidia Morawska is distinguished for her excellent research in the field of air pollution and its impact on human health and the environment, with a specific focus on atmospheric particulate matter. Her extraordinary dedication and impact have built a bridge from fundamental science to real-world policy and practice to provide clean air for all.
Professor Suzana Nunes
Laureate 2023 for AFRICA AND THE ARAB STATES
Professor of Chemical and Environmental Science and Engineering, Vice Provost for Faculty and Academic Affairs, King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST), Saudi Arabia.
Prof. Suzana Nunes is awarded for her outstanding work in developing innovative membrane filters to achieve highly efficient chemical separations with a lower carbon footprint. Her research has proven to be particularly beneficial to the water, petrochemical and pharmaceutical industries in achieving a more sustainable environment.
Professor Agnès Binagwaho
Laureate 2022 for AFRICA AND THE ARAB STATESProfessor of Pediatrics and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Global Health Equity, Kigali, Rwanda.
Awarded for her central role in expanding access to public healthcare for the most vulnerable communities in Rwanda, Africa and beyond, helping reduce the global burden of disease and improving lives.
In particular, she focuses on best practices in building resilient health systems and improving the quality, availability, and affordability of healthcare services for people suffering with diseases including HIV, malaria, and tuberculosis. This has never been more important than now as overwhelmed healthcare systems across the world struggle to build back stronger in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Professor Ángela Nieto
Laureate 2022 for EUROPEProfessor at the Institute of Neuroscience (CSIC-UMH), San Juan de Alicante, Spain.
Awarded for her fundamental discoveries in embryonic development, which have paved the way for understanding how cancer extends to other organs and forms metastases, the secondary tumours that cause more than 90% of cancer-related deaths.
In particular, she explores how cells change identity in the embryo to disseminate and form different tissues. This in turn stands to illuminate how cancer spreads and inform better therapeutic strategies.
Professor Hailan Hu
Laureate 2022 for ASIA AND THE PACIFICProfessor and Executive Director of the Neuroscience Centre of Zhejiang University School of Medicine, China.
Awarded for her major discoveries in social and emotional neuroscience. Her ground-breaking work has revolutionized scientific understanding of mental health and, deciphered the mechanism of depression to inform innovative treatment strategies and new medicines. These breakthroughs are vital in the wake of the mental health crisis sparked by the Covid-19 pandemic, with nearly 30% of the global population suffering from depression according to Lancet.
She is passionate about raising awareness and illuminating pathways to high impact solutions, particularly given that in many parts of the world, the illness remains largely under diagnosed and still taboo.
Professor Katalin Karikó
Laureate 2022 for NORTH AMERICAAdjunct Professor at the Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania, and Senior Vice President at BioNTech RNA Pharmaceuticals
Awarded for her ground-breaking development of a non-inflammatory mRNA, as a potent vaccine to prevent viral and parasitic infections. Her research has contributed to the development of the COVID-19 vaccines by Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna.
She has been conducting years of research which led to a solution for one of the basic problems of RNA, namely the low and short-lived protein production. Professor Karikó discovered that nucleoside-modified mRNA – compared to unmodified and non-optimized mRNA – had a better tolerability and could be administered at higher doses.
Her research has paved the way for future therapies in complex diseases such as cancer, heart failure, stroke, anaemia, and autoimmune diseases.
Professor Maria Guadalupe Guzmán
Laureate 2022 for LATIN AMERICA AND THE CARIBBEANDirector of the Center for Research, Diagnostic and Reference activity of the Institute of Tropical Medicine, Pedro Kouri (IPK), Havana, Cuba.
Awarded for her pioneering work to address the devastating human infections caused by the dengue virus, one of the world's most serious diseases in terms of morbidity and mortality, causing 390 million dengue virus infections annually¹.
Her research has led to a better understanding of its pathogenesis and risk factors, the origin of several epidemics of dengue haemorrhagic fever, the development of diagnosis and monitoring, and the search for potential new vaccines. It will also strengthen training for medical students and personnel, helping to ensure the next generations are better equipped to fight these viruses.
Laureate 2021 for ASIA AND THE PACIFICProfessor 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.
Laureate 2021 for LATIN AMERICA AND THE CARIBBEANProfessor 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.
Laureate 2021 for AFRICA AND THE ARAB STATESActing 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.
Laureate 2021 for EUROPEProfessor 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.
Laureate 2021 for NORTH AMERICADirector 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 2020 for AFRICA AND THE ARAB STATESProfessor 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.
Laureate 2020 for EUROPEDirector 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
Laureate 2020 for LATIN AMERICA AND THE CARIBBEANProfessor 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.
Laureate 2020 for ASIA AND THE PACIFICSenior 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.
Laureate 2020 for NORTH AMERICADistinguished 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.
Laureate 2019 for EUROPEDirector 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.
Laureate 2019 for NORTH AMERICAProfessor of Mathematics and Electrical and Computer Engineering, Duke University (United States).
For her outstanding contribution to digital images and signal processing, providing common and versatile algorithms for data compression.
Laureate 2019 for LATIN AMERICA AND THE CARIBBEANProfessor 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.
Laureate 2019 for ASIA AND THE PACIFICDirector 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 STATESProfessor 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.
Laureate 2018 for LATIN AMERICA AND THE CARIBBEANProfessor, 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
Laureate 2018 for EUROPEProfessor, 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.
Laureate 2018 for AFRICA AND THE ARAB STATESProfessor 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.
Laureate 2018 for NORTH AMERICASenior 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.
Laureate 2018 for ASIA AND THE PACIFICProfessor, 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 CARIBBEANProfessor, 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.
Laureate 2017 for ASIA AND THE PACIFICProfessor 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.
Laureate 2017 for EUROPEProfessor and Chair of Materials Theory, ETH Zürich (Switzerland).
For reinventing magnetic materials for next-generation Material Engineering devices.
Laureate 2017 for AFRICA AND THE ARAB STATESAssociate 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.
Laureate 2017 for NORTH AMERICAProfessor of Chemical Engineering and Material Science and Engineering, Stanford University (United States). ).
For inventing skin-inspired Material Engineering materials.
Laureate 2016 for LATIN AMERICA AND THE CARIBBEANProfessor, 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.
Laureate 2016 for EUROPEProfessor 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 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.
Laureate 2016 for ASIA AND THE PACIFICMember 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.
Laureate 2016 for NORTH AMERICALi Ka Shing Chancellor Chair Professor, Department of Chemistry and Department of Molecular and Cell Biological Sciences, University of California, Berkeley (United States). ).
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.
QUARRAISHA Abdool Karim
Laureate 2016 for AFRICA AND THE ARAB STATESAssociate 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.
Laureate 2015 for EUROPEChemist 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.
Laureate 2015 for EUROPEProfessor, 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
Laureate 2015 for AFRICA AND THE ARAB STATESProfessor 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.
Laureate 2015 for LATIN AMERICA AND THE CARIBBEANPresident 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.
Laureate 2015 for ASIA AND THE PACIFICChemist, 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.
Laureate 2014 for EUROPEProfessor 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.
Laureate 2014 for LATIN AMERICA AND THE CARIBBEANPrincipal 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.
Laureate 2014 for ASIA AND THE PACIFICDirector, 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.
Laureate 2014 for NORTH AMERICAPresident and CEO of Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Member of the American Philosophical Society (United States).
For discovering key factors involved in controlling immune response (T-bet) in allergies and in autoimmune, infectious and malignant diseases.
Laureate 2014 for AFRICA AND THE ARAB STATESDirector 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, (Ethiopia).
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.
Laureate 2013 for 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.
Laureate 2013 for AFRICA AND THE ARAB STATESProfessor 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.
Laureate 2013 for LATIN AMERICA AND THE CARIBBEANFreelance 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.
Laureate 2013 for EUROPEMicroscopist 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.
Laureate 2013 for ASIA AND THE PACIFICForeign 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.
Laureate 2012 for NORTH AMERICAProfessor in Molecular Biological Sciences and chair of the Department of Molecular Biological Sciences at Princeton University (United States of America).
For understanding the chemical communication between bacteria and opening new doors for treating infections.
Laureate 2012 for EUROPERoyal 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.
Laureate 2012 for ASIA AND THE PACIFICPaediatric 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.
Laureate 2012 for AFRICA AND THE ARAB STATESProfessor of Molecular and Cell Biological Sciences at the University of Cape Town (South Africa).
For discovering how plants survive under dry conditions.
Laureate 2012 for LATIN AMERICA AND THE CARIBBEANProfessor 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.
Laureate 2011 for EUROPEProfessor 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).
Laureate 2011 for AFRICA AND THE ARAB STATESProfessor 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.
Laureate 2011 for NORTH AMERICAProfessor 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.
Laureate 2011 for LATIN AMERICA AND THE CARIBBEANPresident of the International Astronomical Union and member of the American Astronomical Society and the Academy of Sciences of the Developing World, (Mexico).
For her work on the chemical composition of nebulae which is fundamental to our understanding of the origin of the universe.
Vivianna WING-WAH YAM
Laureate 2011 for ASIA AND THE PACIFICProfessor 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.
Laureate 2010 for LATIN AMERICA AND THE CARIBBEANResearcher 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.
Laureate 2010 for EUROPEResearch 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.
Laureate 2010 for NORTH AMERICAInvestigator at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute and the Rebecca C. Lancefield Professor of Mammalian Cell Biological Sciences and Development at The Rockefeller University (United States of America).
For her contributions to our knowledge of skin Biological Sciences and skin stem cells.
Laureate 2010 for ASIA AND THE PACIFICProfessor 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
Laureate 2010 for AFRICA AND THE ARAB STATESProfessor 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.
Laureate 2009 for ASIA AND THE PACIFICProfessor 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.
Laureate 2009 for EUROPEProfessor 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.
Laureate 2009 for LATIN AMERICA AND THE CARIBBEANProfessor of astrophysics at the Instituto de Astronomia, Geofísica 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.
Laureate 2009 for NORTH AMERICAProfessor 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.
Laureate 2009 for AFRICA AND THE ARAB STATESProfessor of Medical Chemistry and technology 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.
Laureate 2008 for AFRICA AND THE ARAB STATESProfessor 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 ELGOYHEN
Laureate 2008 for LATIN AMERICA AND THE CARIBBEANProfessor 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).
Laureate 2008 for NORTH AMERICAResearcher at molecular Biological Sciences at the University of California, member of the Institute of Medicine (United States).).
For the discovery of the nature and maintenance of chromosome ends and their roles in cancer and aging.
Laureate 2008 for AFRICA AND THE ARAB STATESProfessor in Clinical Genetics and Paediatrics (UAE).
For her contributions to the characterization of inherited disorders.
V. Narry KIM
Laureate 2008 for ASIA AND THE PACIFICProfessor 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.
Laureate 2007 for AFRICA AND THE ARAB STATES
For her exploration and analysis of plants from Mauritius and their bio-medical applications.
Laureate 2007 for LATIN AMERICA AND THE CARIBBEANProfessor, Department of Physical Chemistry Pontifical Catholic University of Chile Santiago (Chile).
For her contributions to understanding solution properties of polymers.
Laureate 2007 for NORTH AMERICA
For her research on solid state materials, including conceptualizing the creation of carbon nanotubes.
Laureate 2007 for ASIA AND THE PACIFIC
For her contribution to the understanding of the shapes, sizes and motions of large molecules.
Laureate 2006 for EUROPESince 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
Laureate 2006 for EUROPEResearch 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.
Laureate 2006 for LATIN AMERICA AND THE CARIBBEANProfessor, 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
Laureate 2006 for AFRICA AND THE ARAB STATESProfessor of Medical Genetics at University of Tunis (Tunisia).
For her contribution to the analysis and prevention of hereditary disorders.
Laureate 2006 for ASIA AND THE PACIFICEmeritus 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.
Laureate 2006 for NORTH AMERICAMax Delbruck Professor of Biological Sciences and Investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute California Institute of Technology (CalTech) Pasadena, California (United States).
For her discovery of how the immune system recognizes targets.
Laureate 2005 for LATIN AMERICA AND THE CARIBBEANProfessor 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.
Laureate 2005 for EUROPECNRS Directeur de Recherches Laboratory of Solid State Physics, University of Paris-Sud, Orsay (France).
For her fundamental investigations of detergents, emulsions and foams.
Laureate 2005 for ASIA AND THE PACIFIC
For her pioneering theory and computer simulations of amorphous semiconductors and liquid metals.
Myriam P. SARACHIK
Laureate 2005 for NORTH AMERICADistinguished Emeritus Professor of Physics Department of Physics, City College of New York (CUNY), New York (United States). ).
For important experiments on electrical conduction and the transition between metals and insulators.
Zohra BEN LAKHDAR
Laureate 2005 for AFRICA AND THE ARAB STATESProfessor 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.
Laureate 2004 for EUROPEResearcher at Genetics of Sensory Defects Laboratory Institut Pasteur, Paris (France).
For her elucidation of the genetic defects in hereditary deafness and other sensory disorders.
Laureate 2004 for AFRICA AND THE ARAB STATESProfessor 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
Laureate 2004 for LATIN AMERICA AND THE CARIBBEANProfessor and Researcher of Biophysics Institute, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (Brazil).
For her achievements in the understanding, treatment and prevention of Chagas' disease.
Laureate 2004 for ASIA AND THE PACIFICProfessor 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.
Laureate 2004 for NORTH AMERICAProfessor at National Jewish Medical and Research Center, Denver, Colorado (United States). ).
For her characterization of the functions of T lymphocytes in immunity and the discovery of super-antigens.
Laureate 2003 for AFRICA AND THE ARAB STATESProfessor at Istanbul Technical University, Istanbul (Turkey).
For her theoretical work on the formation of tree-like structures.
Laureate 2003 for ASIA AND THE PACIFIC
For her discovery of novel techniques in electron microscopy.
Johanna LEVELT SENGERS
Laureate 2003 for NORTH AMERICA
For her experiments on critical opalescence in fluids.
Laureate 2003 for AFRICA AND THE ARAB STATESProfessor of Crystallography at Ain Shams University (Egypt).
For her work on crystal growth, including the formation of kidney stones.
Laureate 2003 for LATIN AMERICA AND THE CARIBBEANProfessor at Argentine National Research Council, Buenos Aires (Argentina).
For her theoretical studies on novel forms of carbon.
Ana Maria LOPEZ COLOMÉ
Laureate 2002 for LATIN AMERICA AND THE CARIBBEANProfessor 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.
Laureate 2002 for ASIA AND THE PACIFICProfessor 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.
Laureate 2002 for EUROPE
For her lifetime achievements and exceptional participation in the development of modern molecular Biology.
Laureate 2002 for EUROPEInternational 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.
Laureate 2002 for AFRICA AND THE ARAB STATESResearcher at the National Research Center, Cairo (Egypt).
For her systematic genetic investigations of Down syndrome and other neurological conditions in the Mediterranean region.
Laureate 2002 for NORTH AMERICAPresident, Princeton University, New Jersey (United States).
For her discovery of parental imprinting and its role in embryological development.
Adeyinka Gladys FALUSI
Laureate 2001 for AFRICA AND THE ARAB STATESProfessor 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
Laureate 2001 for EUROPE
For her discoveries in reproductive Biology, which have paved the way to human assisted reproduction.
Laureate 2001 for NORTH AMERICAPofessor of molecular Biological Sciences at Yale University (United States of America).
For her discoveries of the structure, biological functions and pathological implications of small RNA molecules.
Laureate 2001 for LATIN AMERICA AND THE CARIBBEANProfessor of genetics University of Sao Paulo (Brazil).
For her contributions to the pathology, diagnosis and management of hereditary.
Laureate 2001 for ASIA AND THE PACIFICProfessor 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
Laureate 2000 for LATIN AMERICA AND THE CARIBBEANProfessor 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.
Laureate 2000 for NORTH AMERICAProfessor and Director Plant Molecular and Cellular Biological Sciences Laboratory Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator (United States).
For her elucidation of the mechanisms involved in the response of plant organisms to light
Laureate 2000 for EUROPE
For her fundamental contributions to our understanding of DNA replication.
Thressa CAMPBELL STADTMAN
Laureate 2000 for NORTH AMERICABIOCHEMISTRY (United States).
For her contributions to the epidemiology of cardiovascular disease in Africa.
Laureate 2000 for ASIA AND THE PACIFICProfessor 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.
Laureate 2000 for AFRICA AND THE ARAB STATESResearching 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.
Laureate 1998 for LATIN AMERICA AND THE CARIBBEANProfessor 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 for AFRICA AND THE ARAB STATESBiochemist, scholar, university professor (Nigeria).
For her contributions to epidemiology cardio vascular disease in Africa.
Laureate 1998 for EUROPEProfessor at Bacteria-Cell interaction Unit, Institut Pasteur, Paris, (France).
For her elucidation of the mechanisms whereby pathogenic bacteria subvert immune defenses.
Laureate 1998 for ASIA AND THE PACIFICResearcher 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.