UNESCO-L’Oréal Fellowships, 2013

The UNESCO-L’Oréal International Fellowship programme was created in 2000 to encourage promising women who are working in the life sciences at the doctoral or postdoctoral level. Fifteen International Fellows, three from each UNESCO region, are chosen to continue their research in prestigious institutions outside their home country. The Fellows gain important experience and build networks they can share with others on returning home.

Since 2011, the International Special Fellowship '... in the footsteps of Marie Curie' is awarded annually to a former International Fellow who, since receiving her fellowship 10 years ago, has demonstrated excellence and determination in the pursuit of her career in research.

They will receive the UNESCO-L'OREAL International Fellowship and will present their research during a ceremony held on 26 March 2013, at the Observatoire de Paris, France.

International Special Fellowship ‘... in the footsteps of Marie Curie’

Recognizing commitment and achievement at mid-career

Devi Stuart-Fox
UNESCO-L'Oréal International Fellow 2003
L'Oreal-UNESCO Special Fellow 2013
Senior Lecturer and ARC Australian Research Fellow, Department of Zoology, University of Melbourne

In the ten years since Devi Stuart-Fox was awarded a UNESCO-L’Oréal For Women in Science International Fellowship, this brilliant evolutionary biologist has made groundbreaking discoveries and numerous contributions to understanding the role that colors play in animal communication.

Devi’s research has a two-fold purpose. The first is studying how and why the diversity of animal colors and behaviors evolved. The second is exploring animal cognition--how the brain reacts to information coming from the senses, such as color, and then commands the body to respond in the appropriate way. Her hope is that her work “will give people a greater appreciation of the wonders and richness of nature”.

UNESCO-L’Oréal International Fellows

Encouraging young scientists

Fifteen 2013 UNESCO-L’Oréal International Fellowships were granted to young women whose promising research projects have a potential impact on human well-being and the environment.

The recipients of Fellowships in 2013 carry out their research in various fields within the life sciences, such as virology, ecology or food science. These passionate young scientists are often motivated by matters touching on local public health or biodiversity protection.

2013 UNESCO-L’Oréal International Fellows:

Florencia LINERO
Argentina
Virology
Postdoctoral researcher in virology; PhD in Biochemistry

Kanika MITRA
Bangladesh
Food science
Postdoctoral researcher; PhD in Food and Nutrition

Marie Florence NGO NGWE
Cameroon
Plant Biotchnology
PhD student in Plant Biotechnology

Lina GALLEGO
Colombia
Cancer Genomics
PhD student in Biological Sciences

Ariana BARBERA
Cuba
Immunology
PhD Student in Biotechnology

Allison LOUTHAN
USA
Ecology
PhD student in Ecology

Anita TAKURA
Ghana
Agricultural and Environmental Science
PhD student in Agricultural Sciences

Sri FATMAWATI
Indonesia
Natural Products Chemistry
Lecturer and postdoctoral researcher; PhD in Agricultural Science

Marina FAIELLA
Italy
Biochemistry and Biotechnology
Postdoctoral researcher in biochemistry and biotechnology; PhD in Chemistry Department of Biotechnology

Osnat PENN
Israel
Computational Biology
Postdoctoral researcher, PhD in Computational Biology

Laure EL CHAMY
Lebanon
Molecular Biology
Researcher and assistant professor in Molecular Biology; PhD in Molecular Biology

Enkhmaa DAVAASAMBUU
Mongolia
Maternal Health
Clinician and researcher; PhD in Reproductive Health

Naima ABATTOUY
Morocco
Biology
Postdoctoral researcher; PhD in Biology

Eucharia OLUCHI NWAICHI
Nigeria
Environment and Toxicology
Lecturer and Postdoctoral researcher; PhD in Biochemistry

Sahwa ADIL NOUREIN
Sudan
Clinical immunology
Medical doctor and PhD student in Immunology

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