Congratulations to Rana El Masri, winner of a L’Oréal-UNESCO Young Talents France Prize For Women in Science

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For many years, the L'Oréal Foundation has been working alongside women to contribute to their promotion in science. The Young Talent Prize rewards women researchers whose work contributes to building a better, sustainable, more resilient, more inclusive world. Rana el Masri is one of 35 young researchers, conducting their research in mainland France or overseas, selected by a jury of excellence among 660 young candidates of 54 nationalities.

Rana el Masri is a post-doctoral fellow in the “Immune cell signaling and retroviral infection” team at Institut Cochin. She studies the cellular and molecular alterations caused by mutations discovered in patients with rare skin pathologies. She tries to understand the mechanisms by which the genetic defects of patients, suffering from rare skin and developmental diseases, cause their symptoms such as facial asymmetries or pigmentation defects. The objective of her research is to propose an innovative therapeutic strategy to treat these patients and meet an unmet therapeutic need.

Rana now hopes to be an inspiration for young women who want to get into science:

“I am the first person and the only woman in my family to have a higher education in science. It is a chance for me to be able to inspire the young Lebanese women around me and women in general to pursue their scientific studies, to dare and never give up on their dreams. »


Rana El Masri

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