|Photo taken from Dr. Maharjan's Facebook profile.|
Dr. Sushila Maharjan from Nepal is one of the five women biologists from developing countries to win prestigious Elsevier 2016 Awards for early career researchers. This award was given for her work in biochemistry and biotechnology category. Her research seeks to identify bacterial strains from the soil of high-altitude regions of Nepal for possible new drugs such as antibiotics.
Dr. Maharjan completed her MSc in chemistry from Tribhuvan University and PhD from Sun Moon University, South Korea. She is a research director of industrial microbiology at the Research Institute for Bioscience and Biotechnology RIBB, Nepal and according to her LinkedIn profile she is working at Seoul National University, South Korea as postdoctoral fellow.
As published in TWAS news release she said “ "The most rewarding part of my research is to find novel drugs and antibiotics from Streptomyces bacteria of Nepal that have great potential to combat the emerging drug and antibiotic resistant diseases worldwide," .
Other winners are from Indonesia, Peru, Uganda and Yemen.
According to the news released today- The Elsevier Foundation Awards are given to early career women scientists in the developing world in recognition of research that has strong potential health and economic benefits. The Elsevier Foundation awards are given in partnership with the Organization for Women in Science for the Developing World (OWSD) and The World Academy of Sciences (TWAS) for the advancement of science in developing countries. The five winners will receive their awards on February 13th during a ceremony at the Gender & Minorities Networking Breakfast at the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Annual Meeting in Washington D.C. The prize includes USD $5,000 and all-expenses-paid attendance at the 2016 AAAS Annual Meeting.