Cairo: In recognition of their distinguished accomplishments in the field of pharmaceutics, three Egyptian female Muslim scientists have won the 2018 L’OrÃ©al-UNESCO for Women in Science Award.
With her academic excellence in the field of Pharmaceutical Design and Pharmaceutical Chemistry, Marwa Balaha, one of the winners of this year’s award, managed to design, synthesize, and evaluate novel compounds as cytotoxic agents against non-small cell lung cancer. “My father passed away from cancer, something which pushed me to do all what I can to prevent cancer from claiming more lives. This goal propelled me to join the Faculty of Pharmacy, at the University of Tanta in Egypt,” said Balaha. She currently works in a project for design and synthesis of anti-cancer drugs in collaboration with a medicinal chemistry lab in Italy.
Breakdown of Drugs
Another winner is Dr. Noha Mostafa Ahmed, who is a Pharmaceutical Analytical Chemistry and Assistant Lecturer at the Faculty of Pharmacy in Assiut University, Egypt. Her research interests focus on the development of innovative and proven analytical methods to identify and break down some drugs.
Dr. Amira El-Yazbi, the third winner, works asandnbsp;a researcherandnbsp;in Pharmaceutical Analytical Chemistry and Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Pharmacy, Alexandria University in Egypt. El Yazbi’s research project focuses on the detection of DNA damage, which leads to mutations that cause cancer and many other diseases.