“There Is No Limit To What We As Women Can Accomplish” – Michelle Obama
Malaysia has produced many admirable and inspiring women who have achieved impressive feats – be it in sports, entertainment, executive office, entrepreneurship or humanitarian causes. They have inspired our younger generation to rise above adversity and accomplish the unprecedented.
This time around, in conjunction with International Women’s Day, we have picked 5 remarkable Malaysian women whom have made impact internationally and have fought their way in their respective field to be where they are today with courage, hard work and amazing determination.
Dr Amani – Malaysian first women scientist working with NASA
From washing glass slides and cover slips for microscope, Dr Wan Wardatul Amani Wan Salim or better know as Dr Amani has worked her way to become the first Malaysian women to launch a National Aeronautics and Space Administration (Nasa) satellite to space. She was entrusted to led a team of scientist, technologist and engineer to work on Nasa’s first ever “astrobiology” programme used to test how living cells would respond to a lack of gravity. The project was eventually launched as a nano-satellite together with a SpaceX rocket as part of NASA’s Journey to Mars mission.
The Penangite’s journey to rocket science began when she was still an electrical engineering student at the University of Minnesota. Out of curiosity, she volunteered her spare time working in laboratories. She then obtained her PhD in Biomedical Engineering (Emphasis: biosensors and bioMEMS) at Purdue University, USA, in 2009.
The recipient of 2012, Thora Halstead ‘Young Investigator’ award is currently teaches and conducts research at the International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM). She relocated back to Malaysia in late 2014 and since then, has shifted her focus from satellites to creating simple devices for local communities. Although she could have easily stayed with NASA and changed the world, she wanted something more – she wanted to solve the problems back home.
Source : Malaysiakini
Dr Betty Sim Kim Lee – The proud Nyonya who is saving the world from Malaria
Dr Betty Sim Kim Lee is the executive vice president and leading researcher of an organisation working on the development of vaccines for infectious diseases. She is also a Malaysian, a proud Nyonya born and bred in Kota Bharu.
In 2003, Her husband and her started Sanaria Inc, a company solely dedicated to developing a malaria vaccine. Sanaria is developing a whole malaria parasite vaccine, called PfSPZ Vaccine. It is intended to be used to prevent malaria in residents of malaria endemic countries and for travellers and foreign personnel working in malaria-hit regions.
It took them several years of researches and trials before the vaccine shows 100 per cent protection in several studies, one of which has been published in the prestigious scientific journal Science. According to an interview done by MalayMail, it is expected that when the vaccine is licensed and deployed, it will first dramatically reduce and then eliminate the 200 million clinical cases and greater than 550,000 deaths caused by malaria every year. (WOW, that is just amazing!)
She pursued her undergraduate and graduate studies at University Malaya. Sim moved to US after her PhD to pursue a post-doctorate in Molecular Biology in Harvard in 1984. She now lives in Maryland.
Source: The Malay Mail Online
Nur Adlyka Ainul Anuar – Malaysian Black Hole Princess
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When many other school leavers choose to study medicine, engineering or law abroad, Nur Adlyka Ainul Annuar chose a road less travelled by studying astronomy and astrophysics. Despite the skepticism she faced with her choice even from her own parents, the 28-year-old managed to prove others wrong.
The Johor lass made headlines recently as she was one of the researchers in United Kingdom who discovered supermassive black holes. The breakthrough brings significant impact to the astronomy field as it will help them find answers to the many mysteries of the galaxies.
Dr Adlyka, who holds a BSc (Bachelor of Science) in Physics and Astrophysics from University of Sheffield, United Kingdom is currently doing her doctorate in Astrophysics, at Centre of Extragalactic Astronomy, Durhhham University, in United Kingdom.
Dr Amalina Bakri – A beauty with a brain
Dr Amalina shook the country when she obtained 17 1As in her Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia examination in 2004. A beauty with a brain, Dr. Amalina continues to amaze us with her success and endless contributions to the world of medicine.
Currently serving as a Speciality Trainee Surgeon at the Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust, Dr. Amalina specialises in general surgery, trauma/emergency as well as breast surgery. On top of that, she also gives out talks at universities with regards to her specialities!
She graduated as a doctor in July 2013 from the University of Edinburgh.During her time at university she has also gained an intercalated degree in Pharmacology which awarded her as a Bachelor of Medical Sciences (Pharmacology). (Just WOW!)
She had worked as a junior doctor in Cambridge and did her Masters of Philosophy (MPhil) in Translational Medicine and Therapeutics (TMAT) at University of Cambridge.
Not only she is a beauty with a brain, Dr. Amalina is truly the definition of a strong and independent woman. Recently, she has also started the Independent Women Can (IWC) Campaign on Twitter to create awareness and empowering independent women to become fearless, strong and to follow their dreams!
Source : www.havehalalwilltravel.com
Sabariah Hussein – The Malaysian Mother Theresa in Canada
This inspiring woman is definitely one of the reasons we’re proud to call ourselves Malaysian! Sabariah binti Hussein has made a name for herself in Montreal, Canada, all because of the goodness of her heart.
Everyone calls her Sister Sabria, spelled the way it is pronounced. She prefers to be called Sister Sabria or Sabariah.
Sister Sabria’s involvement in the Montreal community dates back 30 years, when she arrived in Canada after completing international cuisine courses in Kuala Lumpur. As a devout Muslim, she is heavily involved with the Muslim community, cooking thousands of meals for mosques spread throughout the city. She lends a hand to anyone in need, regardless of race, religion or sex,working closely with River’s Edge Community Church and Unity Church, both located in N.D.G. She also runs her own women’s shelter from home, called Our Second Home.
Her actions extend beyond borders as well. She is working closely with Human Concern International, a Canadian-Muslim charity helping her fund an orphanage to assist the Rohingya population, a minority group that identify as Muslim and are persecuted. So far, she has raised $ 78,000 and needs another $ 70,000 to purchase and renovate a building that will be transformed into an orphanage.
What’s more, the 70-year-old even garnered the attention of Canadian prime minister, Justin Trudeau, who wanted to meet her. However, being the dedicated woman that she is, she had to decline his invitation because she was too busy cooking for the needy!