For 16 consecutive years, L’Oreal (Thailand) has been supporting female researchers in the fields of physical sciences and life sciences to work and conduct research that will benefit the country under the project “For Women in Science”. This year, five female researchers received the prestigious award, together with a 250,000-Baht fellowship grant.
Dr Chanchao, a researcher at Siriraj Center of Excellence for Stem Cell Research, pioneered a research study on enhancing platelet production. A sufficient amount of platelets, which can be produced promptly on demand in the lab, will reduce the usage of random donors which may affect a patient’s immune system. Receiving platelets for treatment will result in better health, reduce the workload of medical personnel and healthcare costs.
Dr Varisa, a scientist at Chulalongkorn University’s Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences, lead a study on the function of microtubule, a molecular mechanism that can lead to lung cancer. An understanding of microtubule can lead to the discovery of anti-cancer drugs.
The researcher from the National Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology initiated a project in collaboration with the Department of Marine and Coastal Resources to tackle the important global environmental issue of coral bleaching. She applies molecular techniques to study the genetic diversity of coral reefs in the Gulf of Thailand and Andaman Sea. Dr Wirulda also studies genetic changes and applies knowledge to coral restoration programmes.
The scientific researcher from the National Electronics and Computer Technology Centre introduced the latest evolution of diagnostic tools to monitor elderly patients. The sensor devices can detect user location and alert caretakers if the elderly patients fall. Her project helps push forward technological innovation in Thailand and customises physical science and technology to better serve the needs of Thai people at a lower cost.
The scientist of Vidyasirimedhi Institute of Science and Technology lead a study on enantiomers, an important element in pharmaceutical and cosmetics manufacturing. The knowledge can promote the development of a new material for use in the pharmaceutical industry and helps reduce the cost of medicinal and cosmetic production.