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Indian American scientist Shruti Naik awarded L'Oréal USA Fellowship

Indian American scientist Shruti Naik

New York, Sep 27 (UITV)- L'Oréal USA has announced the five recipients of the 2016 For Women in Science Fellowship, which awards $60,000 grants to exemplary female scientists to advance their postdoctoral research.

Shruti Naik, an Indian-American scientist, has been named among one of the five recipients of the fellowship. Naik is a postdoctoral scientist in immunology and stem cell biology at The Rockefeller University. Naik’s research focuses on understanding the role adult stem cells play in inflammation and how they can be used to treat inflammatory disorders of the skin, like psoriasis.

She will be awarded $60,000 to advance her postdoctoral research, visit the White House, the National Academy of Science, the New Jersey Public School and L'Oréal headquarters.

Raised in India, the Indian-American scientists received her B.S. in cell and molecular biology from the University of Maryland and her Ph.D. in immunology from the University of Pennsylvania and the National Institutes of Health Graduate Partnership Program.

Created in 1998, the L'Oréal-UNESCO for Women in Science International Awards identifies and supports accomplished female scientists around the world. Specifically, the program recognizes Laureates for their contributions to the advancement of life or physical sciences and encourages more young women to pursue STEM – a field where women remain underrepresented.

The 2016 fellowship candidates were evaluated based on their intellectual merit, research potential, scientific excellence and their commitment to supporting women and girls in science.