Her essay on Chinese physicist Chien-Shiung Wu explores the many hardships that Wu faced throughout her STEM journey as a woman, noting that her courage and perseverance are an inspiration and example to all young women who are interested in STEM.
Her moving essay highlighted Gao Yaojie, a Chinese OBGYN and AIDS activist who dedicated her post-retirement career to AIDS prevention, education and treatment in China. Connie shares how Gao’s tenacity has inspired her to pursue her STEM dreams despite the many barriers that exist for women, particularly in China.
An 18-year-old STEM enthusiast from India was selected as a finalist of the 2021 Superstars of STEM essay contest. Aditi Jha penned an engaging profile on Dr. Pardis Sabeti, an Iranian American biologist and geneticist whose transformative real-time genomic sequencing has helped fight viral outbreaks such as Ebola and COVID-19. Aditi’s essay highlights how as a world-renowned geneticist and the lead singer of a rock band, Dr. Sabeti’s example inspires the next generation of STEM and shows young women that their wildest dreams are within reach.
Inspired by a community of young women who are passionate about STEM, Honnali profiled Dr. Françoise Barré-Sinoussi, the 2008 Nobel Prize winner in physiology/medicine for her work in discovering the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV).
A tremendous amount of scientific innovation is taking place across Africa, with many researchers and entrepreneurs developing new solutions to make a positive impact in their own communities, and around the world. Johnson & Johnson Innovation wants to shine a spotlight on those researchers and entrepreneurs and the impact of their work on society.
Del Hierro’s home country of Ecuador produces 4,139,512 tons of waste each year. Leading a team of researchers, she’s developed a plan to capitalize on the potential of nature to close the nutrient cycle and turn the problem of excess waste into an opportunity—one insect at a time.
As a biologist and then a biochemist/neuroscientist, de Lima has spent years exploring the potential of biodiversity, specifically animal venoms, selecting and studying biomolecules as models for new drugs. Through her extensive research, the professor has identified how a toxin from the Brazilian wandering spider has the potential to revolutionize the treatment of erectile dysfunction.
In an effort to help curb the influx of plastics overflowing in landfills and polluting our oceans, Guimarães Martins hopes to develop and commercialize new biodegradable materials. Using food waste such as chicken feathers, beans and starches, the Brazilian professor has developed a food packaging product that’s entirely biodegradable. What’s more, this innovative packaging may even extend the shelf life of foods.
Diabetes is a rapidly expanding health problem in Brazil and throughout the world. Without regular monitoring, the chronic disease often comes with high cost and high mortality. To help reverse this trend, Teixeira Sousa used artificial intelligence to develop an app that can help identify diabetic patients most at-risk for developing serious complications.
Committed to advancing scientific developments in his home country, Obregón Valencia was inspired by a plant he first encountered in the Peruvian jungle. Thanks to the work he and other researchers are pursuing, the moriche palm fruit may one day play a vital role in producing activated carbon, which can, in turn, be used in water purification processes throughout Peru.
2019 Dr. Paul Janssen Award winners, Drs. Hartl and Horwich, were celebrated at events in Beerse – the home of Dr. Paul, and New York City. Following are remarks from Chair of the Selection Committee, David Julius, PhD. Dr. Julius is professor and chair of the Department of Physiology at the University of California, San Francisco, and was a winner of the Dr. Paul Janssen Award in 2013.
Johnson & Johnson recently celebrated the 2019 Dr. Paul Janssen Award winners—Dr. Franz-Ulrich Hartl of Max Planck Institute for Biochemistry and Dr. Arthur Horwich of Yale School of Medicine—at events in Beerse, the home of Dr. Paul, and in New York City. The duo was chosen by an independent selection committee to receive the 2019 Award for their breakthrough work in understanding chaperone-mediated protein folding, a key biological process that is critical for the body to function and maintain good health.