The Egyptian female winners of L’Oréal–UNESCO science award

The “L’Oréal-UNESCO Fellowship for Women in Science National Awards” was recently granted to three Egyptian scientists to celebrate their outstanding achievements in science.

Post-doctoral pharmacy student at Tanta University, Aya Atef received the fellowship award for finding natural polymers with a molecular footprint, which aids patients of a rare genetic disease in children, phenylketonuria (PKU).

While Mai Gamal, also a doctoral student, who works as a research assistant at the German University in Cairo (GUC) Computer Science and Engineering Program, won the fellowship award for her research on how to use computer modeling to develop neuroimaging biomarkers that will give us a better understanding and a more accurate diagnosis of depression as a mental disorder.

And last but not least, Mai Taha, yet another post-doctoral pharmacy student at Cairo University, has accepted her fellowship award for conducting research on the practical use of nanotechnology to successfully eliminate antibiotic-resistant bacteria and treat diabetic foot.

The award ceremony was held on Tuesday at Abdeen Palace, in eastern downtown Cairo. Among the attendees was Amr Farouk, Vice President of the Academy of Scientific Research & Technology (ASRT), Nadia Zakhary, former minister of scientific research UNESCO office representative in Egypt, who now heads the Scientific Research Committee at the NCW, and is the current director-general of L’Oréal Egypt, and a group of senior officials from institutes and research centers.