Molecular biologist recognized as 'outstanding woman in science'

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Tsay Yi-fang (蔡宜芳)/ Image taken from the Academia Sinica's official website

Tsay Yi-fang (蔡宜芳)/ Image taken from the Academia Sinica's official website

Taipei, March 10 (CNA) Organizers of the 2018 Taiwan Outstanding Women in Science Awards recognized Tsay Yi-fang (蔡宜芳) for her decades long contributions to science at an award ceremony on Saturday.

Tsay, a distinguished research fellow at Academia Sinica's Institute of Molecular Biology, is known for her discoveries of nitrate transport in plants which debunked many of the theories taught in textbooks in the 1990s.

Since then, she has continued her research on nitrogen and nitrate in plants focusing on the chemical's crucial role in plant growth and reproduction.

Tsay received the award for excellence at an event organized by the Wu Chien-shiung Education Foundation, the National Women's League and L'Oreal Taiwan.

On her experience as a scientist, Tsay said she was always interested in observing the world, so she asked for a microscope as a gift when she was in high school.

While academic research can be hard work, the sense of accomplishment one gets when discovering something new is what keeps her going, Tsay continued.

Tsay encouraged women to take a greater interest in science, saying everyone has something to contribute to the success of research even if the rest of the world only ends up knowing one or two of the people involved in the project.

Meanwhile, the "rising star" awards went to Wang Han-ching (王涵青), a professor of biotechnology and bioindustry sciences at National Cheng Kung University, and Chao Ling (趙玲), an associate professor of chemical engineering at National Taiwan University (NTU), and a scholarship award to Lin Hsiu-chuan (林秀娟), a Ph.D. student at NTU.

(By Chen Chih-chung and Kuan-lin Liu)

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