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Three Muslim scientists win 2018 L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science Award

The L’Oréal-UNESCO for Women in Science recognizes accomplished women researchers, to encourage more young women to enter the profession

2018 L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science Award

Cairo (Egypt): Dr. Amira El-Yazbi, Dr. Noha Mostafa and Marwa Balaha – three Muslim femal scientists from Egypt have been conferred 2018 L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science Award for their outstanding performance iand their research in the field of Pharmaceutical Analytical Chemistry, Women of Egypt Mag reported.

The L’Oréal-UNESCO for Women in Science, which began 19 years ago, recognizes accomplished women researchers, to encourage more young women to enter the profession.

Dr. Amira El-Yazbi is a researcher in Pharmaceutical Analytical Chemistry and Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Pharmacy, Alexandria University. Her research project focuses on detection of DNA damage, which leads to mutations that cause cancer and many other diseases.

As theavailable methods to screen for DNA damage are too expensive for routine use, many products including over-the-counter drugs, cosmetics, and nutraceuticals, do not receive proper screening of their DNA damaging effect, the magazine said.

Amira’s research aims to develop a simple inexpensive high throughput method for the generic screening of DNA damaged by various pharmaceutical and nutraceutical products. The simplicity and low cost of the methods used would permit large-scale examination of the DNA damaging effect of many products and pollutants in the local environment.

Dr. Noha Mostafa Ahmed is a Pharmaceutical Analytical Chemistry and Assistant Lecturer at the Faculty of Pharmacy – Assiut University

Based on the critical need for pharmaceutical analytical chemistry and its applications in quality control and pharmacological, biological and environmental analysis, Ahmed’s research interests focus on the development of innovative and proven analytical methods to identify and break down some drugs.

Her goal is to develop new, simple, highly sensitive and economical analytical methods to separate and identify the drugs under study, as well as potential oxidative outcomes in various pharmaceutical preparations and biological and environmental samples, the report said.

Similarly, Marwa Balaha is also an Egyptian researcher in the field of Pharmaceutical Chemistry and Drug Design. After her father passed away from cancer, she aspired to become an active participant in fighting the disease. This desire propelled her to join the Faculty of Pharmacy, at the University of Tanta.Due to her academic excellence, she was appointed a Teaching Assistant.Balahaobtained her master’s in Pharmaceutical Design and Pharmaceutical Chemistry.

Through her master research, Marwa Balaha has managed to design, synthesize and evaluate novel compounds as cytotoxic agents against non-small cell lung cancer.

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