Prof. Jackie Y. Ying, the laureate of the 2015 Mustafa(pbuh) Prize, was one the participants of “Emerging Technologies (EmTech) Asia 2017” conference which was recently held at Singapore on 14th and 15th of February. This year, EmTech Asia brought together global thought leaders, CEOs and CTOs, startups, scientists, R & D heads and investors from various fields of technology.
MSTF Media reports:
At this conference she as the Executive Director of IBN spoke on “Nanostructured Materials for Energy and Biomedical Applications.” Her group has designed and functionalized nanostructured materials for drug delivery, nanomedicine, biosensor, cell culture and tissue engineering applications.
Throughout the interview, this Muslim scientist spoke about her research, her quest to encourage young scientific minds and the reward which most impressed her:
ON Nanotechnology in the Service of a greener world
Prof Ying‘s teams are working on catalysts to adsorb carbon dioxide, and also to convert them to useful chemicals. This is one of the ways in which nanotechnology is evolving to contribute to a greener world.
ON Huge impact of Nanotechnology in medicine and healthcare
Current antibiotics kill bacteria without destroying the cell membrane so the intact cell structure that remains would allow new drug-resistant bacteria to grow. Prof Ying‘s teams is actively working on antimicrobial nanomedicines that will be more effective than current technologies.
ON unique capabilities of women on the fields of science
Although women may be a minority, they are very good at juggling multiple roles and managing people from diverse backgrounds. These are important and necessary skills to work successfully in a multidisciplinary research environment.
ON The Mustafa(pbuh) Prize
The Mustafa(pbuh) Prize has been one of her most memorable awards. Ying 51, considers research as a something she has been passionate about it and it is an honor for her to be recognized and awarded in a world class. Receiving Mustafa(pbuh) Prize was the most precious moments of her life. The moment as she described that was closest to her heart.
ON a message to young researchers
Science is not just a career. Rather, it is about the impact you can make through research. For example, a new invention or a technological breakthrough may have the potential to benefit millions of people. Young people should think big and do things that excite them. Research requires a lot of hard work to reach a level of sophistication that can make a real impact, so it is important that young people understand the larger purpose of their work. Only then will they devote their lives to such a pursuit to make a difference.