USP alum Dr Li Jingmei (Life Sciences + USP, Class of 2006) was among 10 women trailblazers honoured by The Singapore Women’s Weekly magazine in its annual Great Women Of Our Time Awards. This award recognises the achievements of outstanding and inspiring women in various fields. Dr Li received the award under the Science and Technology category.
A scientist at A*STAR’s Genome Institute of Singapore, Dr Li collects mammograms, which she studies to see how breast density predicts cancer risks. Dr Li is driven and passionate about her work as she aims to improve the state of women’s health. Over the years, her achievements have been very inspiring. In fact, in 2014, Dr Li received the UNESCO-L’Oreal International For Women In Science Fellowship award (only 15 women scientists around the world received the Fellowship each year). In an interview with The Singapore Women’s Weekly magazine, she expressed, “If I can just change people’s lives and help them to live better by just a little bit, that’s success to me... One shouldn’t work just for awards. I’ll be very happy to just get people to start talking about cancer, and to discover better treatments through my work, identify what mutations affect what kind of women, and if they would benefit from specific treatment.”
Heartiest congratulations to Dr Li for her well-deserved award!