|Prof. Jackie Ying|
Professor Jackie Ying a Singapore based Scientist awarded the prestigious Mustafa prize in the field of Nano-biotechnology. Prof Ying was recognized in particular for her role in developing glucose-sensitive nanoparticles that deliver insulin to diabetic patients only when their blood glucose levels are high.
The system does away with external blood glucose monitoring by finger pricks, and allows insulin to be delivered orally or by the nasal passage, instead of through injections.
The Mustafa Prize recognizes leading researchers and scientists of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) member states, and Muslim researchers from around the world. She shared with "The Straits Times" that she intends to use a portion of the prize money to get more students intrigued about science, such as through exchange trips to renowned overseas science institutions and better-equipped school laboratories. She will start her effort at her alma mater Raffles Girls' School.
Prof Ying, was born in Taipei, and raised in Singapore and New York, converted to Islam in her 30s.
Sources: Musta prize, The straits Times