Exosome Researcher – Winner of a 2016 L’Oréal Singapore for Women in Science National Fellowship Awards


The L’Oréal Singapore for Women in Science National Fellowships programme is aimed at recognizing ambitious and talented women in science and encouraging young women to confidently pursue research. This event is organized annually with support from Singapore National Commission for UNESCO and A*STAR (Agency for Science, Technology and Research). The fellowship awards two different grants of SGD 30,000 each, one in the field of Life Sciences and the other in the field of Physical and Engineering Sciences.

The 2016 physical and engineering science fellowship was awarded to Shao Huilin, 32, who is currently an Assistant Professor at the Department of Biomedical Engineering & Principal Investigator at the Biomedical Institute for Global Health Research & Technology (BIGHEART), National University of Singapore. She also holds the position of Joint Investigator, Institute of Molecular and Cell Biology, Agency for Science, Technology and Research.

Exosomes are nanoscale vesicles actively secreted by cancer cells into the circulation. They represent a rich repertoire of molecular information. Integrating expertise in device engineering, materials science and molecular biology, Assistant Professor Shao’s research aims to overcome these technological challenges by developing new generations of nanotechnology-based biosensor platforms for sensitive, fast and cost-effective diagnostics and in order to learn whether patient respond to treatment. In the long-run the ultimate aim is to be able to cure diseases such as cancer and neuro-degenerative diseases.

When asked about her motivation to work in this subject area, she said, “The first talk about biomembranes during my bachelor’s degree in Cornell University struck me very hard, which inspired me to read more about biophysics and solve real life problems”. While the topic of women in science was approached, she mentioned that “The women population in the role of physical scientists is very low and I hope that this fellowship encourages more girls to pursue this field”.

Also, The 2016 life science fellowship was awarded to Dr Wan Yue, 33, from the Genome Institute of Singapore, Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR)

Source – Biotechin.Asia

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