Malaysian Scientist Dr Serena Nik-Zainal was awarded the Francis Crick Medal and Lecture award 2022–the top award in biological field. She was awarded for her contribution to understanding the aetiology of cancers.
According to a statement issued by the Royal Society on its website, her study of mutation signatures in cancer genomes is being used in cancer therapy. She will receive a bronze medal and RM11,500 IN 2022.
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Dr Serena took to her Twitter to express her gratitude towards those who supported her, pushed and mentored her. “My wonderful team, this is for us,” she wrote.
Dr Serena, who is currently residing in the United Kingdom, qualified in medicine from the University of Cambridge in 2000, trained as a physician and subsequently specialised in Clinical Genetics.
Earlier in 2013, she was awarded a Wellcome Trust Intermediate Clinical Fellowship to pursue a biological understanding of the signatures identified during her research training. While in 2017, she received CRUK Advanced Clinical Scientist Fellowship. In 2019, she was awarded the Dr Josef Steiner Cancer Research Prize.