Yue Wan wins L'Oreal-UNESCO for Women in Science Fellowship
Branco Weiss fellow Dr Yue Wan received one of the two L’Oreal-UNESCO for Women in Science Fellowships that were awarded in Singapore this year. Every year, two fellowships, which each come with a $30,000 cash prize, are awarded in the fields of life science and physical and engineering science. Yue is a senior research scientist from the Agency for Science, Technology and Research’s Genome Institute of Singapore and seeks to develop treatment against infectious diseases like dengue and Zika by studying nucleic acids in cells. Being married with two young children, Yue said that the lack of women at the top levels of science is an issue close to her heart. “We need to increase our support for women in every single stage of their development and their career,” she said, adding that there is a cultural notion that women need to give up their aspirations to take on more domestic roles.