2016 International Rising Talents

For many years, the L’Oréal UNESCO For Women in Science programme has recognized the importance of highlighting and supporting the achievements of younger women who are in the early stages of their scientific careers, in addition to honoring distinguished women scientists. In 2014, the L’Oréal-UNESCO programme has established the International Rising Talent Grants, awarded annually to 15 PhD students and post-doctoral Fellows.

These young researchers, who are chosen among the former winners of the 236 fellowships awarded locally by L’Oréal subsidiaries and UNESCO around the world, are indeed the future of science. From the outset it was clear that through the awards, these young scientists achieved the increased recognition that their talent deserved, but did not always receive, both within their country and by their peers. These young women have the power to change to world and recognition will help ensure they reach their full potential.

International Rising Talents are chosen from countries in each world region, Africa & Arab States, Asia-Pacific, Europe, Latin America and North America. 

Technology and engineering: innovations that could change the face of medicine

Dr. Eszter Farkas
Department of Medical Physics and Informatics, Faculty of Medicine, Group of Experimental Neuroimaging, University of Szeged
Biological Sciences

Targets for new therapies to lessen stroke-related brain injury

Prof. Jasmeen Merzaban
King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST)
Biological Sciences
Saudi Arabia

Research On The Migration Of Stem Cells To Better Understand How They Might Be Used To Treat Disease


Dr. Yilun Ying
Department of Chemistry, Key Laboratory for Advanced Materials, East China University of Science and Technology

Using tiny holes to sequence DNA

Dr. Elisa Orth
Department of Chemistry- Post-Graduate Program in Chemistry, Catalysis and Kinetic Laboratory, Federal University of Paraná

Development of nano-catalysts for multi-purpose sensors

Physical sciences: a profound impact on our world

Dr. Dorthe Ravnsbæk
Department of Physics, Chemistry and Pharmacy, University of Southern Denmark

Development of new battery technologies for more efficient, economical energy use and greater energy storage capacity

Dr. Sabrina Stierwalt
University of Virginia
Astronomical and space sciences
United States

The study of galaxy mergers with implications for a new understanding of how galaxies evolve

Dr. Maria Del Rocio Vega Frutis
Plant and soil ecology Laboratory
Biological sciences

The study of the role played by soil fungi in the conservation and sustainable development of mexico’s high-altitude cloud forests

Life and environmental sciences: critical issues for the future of our planet

Dr Ira Didenkulova
Laboratory for Modelling of natural and technological hazard, Nizhny Novgorod State Technical University n. a. R.E. Alekseev
Russian Federation

Studying tsunamis, rogue waves and storm surges to better predict maritime hazards and mitigate their effects on land and sea

Dr. Anaïs Orsi
Laboratoire des sciences du climat et de l’environnement, Commissariat à l’énergie atomique
Earth sciences

The study of historical weather patterns in the interior of Antarctica to enable improved predictions for future climate change

Dr. Habiba Alsafar
Khalifa University of Science, Technology & Research
Medical engineering
United Arab Emirates

Identifying genetic and environmental risk factors associated with diabetes-induced obesity and diabetes-induced heart disease

Solutions in health sciences through modern medicine

Dr. Maria J. Buzón
Vall d’Hebron Research Institute (VHIR), Infectious Diseases Department, Autonomous University of Barcelona
Biological sciences

The study of new therapeutic strategies to cure HIV

Dr. Hiba El Hajj
Internal Medicine, American University of Beirut
Clinical medicine

Developing new strategies for treating acute myeloid leukaemia

Dr. Risa Mukai
Tokushima Bunri University
Biological sciences

Researching the underlying viral that cause adult t-cell leukaemia


Dr Bernadeta Szewczyk
Department of Neurobiology, Institute of Pharmacology Polish Academy of Sciences, Krakov
Biological sciences

Boosting the effectiveness of antidepressants with zinc supplements

Dr. Elena Tucker
Murdoch Childrens Research Institute, Molecular Development Laboratory, University of Melbourne
Biological sciences

Understanding the genetic basis of early menopause

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