Connect with us

TechNews

UNESCO recognizes six African female scientists for groundbreaking research 

Published

on

UNESCO Science research
Science and medical research sample analysis

2020 marks the second edition of the L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science South African National Young Talents Programme.

The programme supports young female scientists and rewards scientific excellence. Created in 1998 and led by the Foundation L’Oréal in partnership with UNESCO, the For Women in Science programme aims to improve the representation of women in scientific careers, strong in the conviction that the world needs science, and science needs women.

“The COVID-19 pandemic continues to have wide spread impact globally and we all had to adjust to the “new normal”. Ultimately, science will provide solutions for many of the unprecedented challenges that the world is currently facing. This is why L’Oréal and UNESCO have been empowering young female scientists for 22 years, more than 3,400 researchers from 118 countries have been supported and recognized.” explains Gilles Antoine, Country Manager of L’Oréal South Africa.

“Women in science have the power to change the world provided they are given the means and support. This year, as we honour six emerging women scientists from across South Africa, we reaffirm our commitment to supporting young women scientists, who are at the helm of very important research projects,” he concludes.

The challenges humanity is currently facing are unprecedented in scale. It is clear that science is and will be one of the keys that enable us to address them, as it always has been at important moments in history.

The six female researchers, three doctoral and three post-doctoral were selected from over 150 applicants, by a jury of independent experts.

ALSO READ  Elumelu challenges Japan: Partner with us in empowering African entrepreneurs

Post-Doctoral Researchers 

Each post-doctoral award winner will receive a research grant of R160 000

Dr. Simone Richardson – National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD)

Dr. Simone Richardson

Dr. Simone Richardson

Antibody Immunity Research Unit, University of the Witwatersrand

Dr. Richardson is investigating how diverse antibody functions that target and eliminate infected cells can be harnessed to protect against COVID-19 in HIV infected individuals. This is crucial to understand for COVID-19 vaccine design and efficacy in South Africa.

Dr. Vundli Ramokolo Health Systems Research Unit/Gertrude H. Sergievsky Center, South African Medical Research Council

Dr. Vundli Ramokolo

Dr. Ramokolo’s research explores what factors make some children – such as those that are affected by HIV and those that live in impoverished households – more vulnerable to poor health outcomes.

Dr. Charissa Naidoo Clinical Mycobacteriology & Epidemiology (CLIME), Stellenbosch University

Dr. Charissa Naidoo

Dr. Naidoo’s research shows how – even before antibiotic treatment – patients with TB have a unique gut microbiome: this could lead to innovative diagnosis tools and more accessible treatments.

PhD category 

Each PhD candidate will receive a research grant of R80 000

Bianca Gevers Institute of Applied Materials, University of Pretoria

Bianca Gevers

In the field of renewable energy Bianca Gevers’ research focuses on material development for photocatalytic water-splitting: the use of sunlight to produce hydrogen and oxygen from water, using photo-active catalysts.

Sibongile Tshabalala Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR)

Sibongile Tshabalala

Sibongile Tshabalala

Sibongile’s research could potentially lead to the local establishment of liver models that represent Sub-Saharan Africa, and fulfil the essential need for diverse representation in pre-clinical research.

ALSO READ  JUST IN: MainOne connects Senegal to its cable trunk

Kimberleigh Tommy Human Variation and Identification Research Unit, School of Anatomical Sciences, University of the Witwatersrand

Kimberleigh Tommy

Kimberleigh Tommy

Kimberleigh seeks to establish why people suffer from knee injuries, pain and osteoarthritis. Her research looks to answer this question by looking at the trabecular or spongey bone of the patellofemoral joint (between the bottom part of your thigh and your kneecap).

Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement

Facebook