Cambridge-Based Malaysian Wins Prestigious Cancer Research Award Again, This Time From The UK’s Royal Society | Malaysia
KUALA LUMPUR, August 25 – UK-based Malaysian scientist Dr Serena Nik-Zainal has once again been recognized for her efforts in cancer research, this time receiving the Francis Crick Medal and the 2022 conference.
According to the Royal Society of the United Kingdom, Dr Serena’s latest prize was awarded to him for “enormous contributions” to understanding the causes of cancer, through his analyzes of the signatures of mutations in cancer genomes, which are now applied to cancer treatment.
In a statement released yesterday, the Royal Society said Dr Serena will deliver her awards talk next year, where she will receive a bronze medal and a gift of £ 2,000 (RM11,500).
On Twitter, Dr Serena, who is attached to the University of Cambridge, said she was delighted and grateful for the immense honor.
Delighted & extremely grateful for this immense honor 😌
Francis Crick & Conference Medal!
Thank you @ Royal Society !
Thank you 🙏 to everyone who taught, supported, pushed and mentored me.
My wonderful TEAM – this is for us !!
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– Serena Nik-Zainal (@SerenaNikZainal) August 24, 2021
“Thank you to everyone who taught, supported, nurtured and mentored me. So grateful!
“My wonderful team is for us! she said.
While the Royal Society did not mention what specific work won her the award, it should be noted that one of Dr Serena’s more recent work involved an “algorithm classifier” called MMRDetect.
“The MMRDetect clinical algorithm helps identify tumors that exhibit ‘mismatch repair deficiencies” and then improve the customization of cancer therapies to exploit these weaknesses, “reads a press release from the University. de Cambridge dated April 27.
According to her biography on the Cambridge website, Dr Serena is a leading clinician scientist and honorary consultant in clinical genetics.
She graduated in Medicine from the University of Cambridge in 2000 on a Petronas Fellowship.
After that, she pursued postgraduate studies at the Wellcome Sanger Institute (WSI) in 2009 exploring breast cancer using whole genome sequencing (WGS).
She then received a CRUK Advanced Clinician Scientist Fellowship in 2017 before moving to the University of Cambridge.
In 2019, she received the Dr Josef Steiner Cancer Research Prize 2019, which some have dubbed the “Nobel Prize for Cancer Research”.
The Francis Crick Medal and Lecture are awarded annually in any field of the biological sciences.
He said that preference is given to genetics, molecular biology and neurobiology, the general areas in which Francis Crick worked, and fundamental theoretical work, which was the hallmark of Crick’s science.
Crick was a British molecular biologist, biophysicist and neuroscientist who is best known as the co-discoverer of the structure of the DNA molecule in 1953.