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Singapore scientist, one of 15 women scientists around the world, wins top award

Published on Mar 4, 2014 9:12 AM
Dr Li with mammogram images, which she studies to see how breast density can be used to predict cancer risks. -- PHOTO: L'OREAL SINGAPORE

A young researcher from Singapore will soon have the chance to get her hands on a trove of data that may shed light on breast cancer risks, thanks to a prestigious international science fellowship.

Dr Li Jingmei, 31, received this year's Unesco-L'Oreal International For Women In Science Fellowship, one of 15 women scientists around the world to do so.

Dr Li, a post-doctoral research fellow at the Agency for Science, Technology and Research's (A*Star) Genome Institute of Singapore, was picked from three Singaporean finalists. She will receive her award at a ceremony in Paris this month.

The Unesco-L'Oreal international fellowship was started in 2000 to encourage women scientists at the doctoral or post-doctoral level. Previous fellows include Dr Patricia Ng of A*Star's Singapore Immunology Network and Dr Marissa Teo of the National Cancer Centre Singapore.

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