Malaysian researcher Dr Chan Yoke-Fun has been named as one of the top 10 finalist for the 2020 ASEAN-US Science Prize for Women. It is an award to recognise promising ASEAN-based, mid-career female scientists for their outstanding academic and professional contribution.
The award aims to strengthen the science and technology capacity in Southeast Asian countries
The ASEAN-US Science Prizeis given by the United States Government through the US Agency for International Development (USAID), in partnership with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and Underwriters Laboratories (UL). This prestige awards aims to strengthen the science and technology capacity in Southeast Asian countries and contribute towards gender equality.
Dr Chan is an associate Professor and the Head of Department of Medical Microbiology at University of Malaya
She is currently an associate Professor and the Head of Department of Medical Microbiology, Faculty of Medicine at University of Malaya.
She has been working on developing vaccines, antivirals and education tools in relation to the Hand Foot Mouth Disease (HFDM). A highly contagious disease that is common among children.
Dr Chan also leads a virology laboratory and has over 20 years of experience in the respective field with over 80 publications.
She has won many awards over the years
Among some of the awards and tropies she has won over the years include the L’Oréal-UNESCO for Women in Science Malaysia Fellowship in 2014, L’Oréal-UNESCO International Rising Talent in 2015, Young Women Leaders award Category Science and Technology, National Council of Women’s Organizations Malaysia 2015 and the latest, the Asian Women Entrepreneurs leadership Award – Science and Environment in 2019.
She will compete with nine other finalists for the grand prize RM 86,900
Dr chan will compete with nine other finalist all from ASEAN country. Two finalists will be winning the grand prize USD20,000 (RM86,900) and another finalist will receive an honourable mention USD5,000 (RM20,700).
We hope Dr Chan will inspire more Malaysians to follow her footsteps and contribute in the science field.
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