Three Malaysian women scientists made the list of among laureates of the 2017 L’OREAL UNESCO for Women in Science Fellowship awards for their ground-breaking work in science and research.

Dr Ho Weang Kee from University of Nottingham (Malaysia Campus), Dr Jasy Liew Suet Yan from Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) and Dr Teh Su Yean also from USM brought home RM30,000 of research grants respectively to help them pursue their scientific careers.

Dr Ho, the first researcher from a private university in Malaysia to win the award was recognised for her risk assessment tools for breast cancer, which uses DNA and lifestyle information to identify those at risk for early detection.

Meanwhile, Dr Jasy utilised social media to detect signs of depression, where she built a system that analyses emotional patterns on social media. The emotion-sensitive technology is aimed at encouraging early diagnosis and treatment in a society where depression is still rarely talked about.

Dr Teh, an associate professor in the School of Mathematical Sciences in USM won the award for her work on sustainable resource management. She designed a system that would conserve groundwater and might become crucial when other sources are depleted due to climate change.

The international award is an annual collaboration between French cosmetics company L’OREAL and the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) to promising female scientists.