It has been proven once again that women can do everything. A doting wife, loving mum and a highly respected woman in her workplace – Chern Ein Oon is the woman who has done it all.
The Malaysian scientist, who is a senior lecturer at the Institute for Research in Molecular Medicine at Universiti Sains Malaysia, bagged the Women of the Future Award South East Asia in the Science, Technology and Digital category, beating four other women nominated in the same category. The wonder woman has received numerous awards for her work on novel molecular therapeutics in cancer.
In 2014, she won the Exiqon Young Scientist Award and a year later was selected to participate in the Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting in Germany where she received the L’Oreal-Unesci For Women in Science National Fellowship research grant for her work in the field of cancer research.
Chern earned her PhD in oncology at the University of Oxford and successfully completed a post-doctoral fellowship at the Karolinska Institute in Sweden.
Upon receiving her award on Tuesday (20th March), she said:
I hope to inspire young people to pursue science the right way, the ethical way and to make them understand that age is just a number and that they can achieve anything if they set their mind to it
Despite her hectic schedule, Chern is known to work closely with the Penang Education Council. There she runs workshops for under-privileged children and encourages their families to maintain their education.