On the behalf of Universiti Malaya, we would like to give our most heartfelt congratulations to Associate Professor Dr Cindy Teh Shuan Ju of the Faculty of Medicine, Universiti Malaya, for being named as one of three recipients of the prestigious L'Oréal-UNESCO Fellowship for Women in Science – Young Talent Program 2021 Malaysia.
Dr. Cindy is researching new means of fighting the Antimicrobial Resistance of Superbugs. These superbugs are bacteria, viruses and fungi that are more resistant to medicine and can cause fatalities if not treated correctly. Dr. Cindy is developing a method of detecting these dangerous bugs from the blood samples of patients, eventually giving us the knowledge to save their lives.
The L'Oréal-UNESCO Fellowship for Women in Science is an award that recognizes the ground-breaking research and scientific contributions of women scientists, helping to bridge the gender gap for women scientists locally and internationally and encourage more young women to take up STEM fields. For the years 2020 and 2021, the fellowship celebrates the achievements of six distinguished women scientists, granting them the Young Talent Program Award and endowment of RM30,000 each. These six women have pushed the boundaries of science, to build a more sustainable, more resilient and inclusive world for all of us.
“L’Oréal understands the urgent need to mould and cultivate the younger generation. As a science-based company, we are encouraging young women to take up STEM studies and pursue careers in science and innovation. We award and honour these exceptional young talented women in science, in order to inspire the next generation of scientists in Malaysia,” says Tomas Hruska, Managing Director of L’Oréal Singapore and “L’Oréal Malaysia.
The other two winners of the Young Talent Program 2021 are Dr. Felica Chung of Monash University, Malaysia Campus, for finding a means of detecting cancer cells via researching DNA mutations and finding tell-tale signs of the presence of cancerous mutations; and Dr. New Siu Yee for her research on discovering an efficient way to construct a new generation of DNA Biosensors capable of detecting miRNA, a short nucleotide that can potentially be used as a cancer biomarker.
Thank you, Dr. Cindy, for all of your hard work and contributions to science and society, and for inspiring a new generation of young women scientists. We wish you all the best and to have a fruitful year.
Associate Prof. Dr. Cindy Teh Shuan Ju
Department of Medical Microbiology Faculty of Medicine