The Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) has teamed up with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the Wellcome Trust, and the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation to develop scientific talent around the world. Tineke Cantaert, a researcher working at the Institut Pasteur in Cambodia is among the 41 international young researchers laureates of a scholarship awarded by a group of philanthropies.
Selected by a panel of distinguished scientists among 1400 applications, she will receive like the other selected scholars a total of $650,000 over five years.
The award is a big boon for scientists early in their careers, and offers the freedom to pursue new research directions and creative projects that could develop into top-notch scientific programs.
Dr Cantaert was already selected in 2015 to head a 4-year research group at the Institut Pasteur in Cambodia seeking to understand how the immune system respond to infections by flavivirus such as Dengue or Zika. Recently set-up by the Institut Pasteur, the 4-years research groups aim to attract talented scientists in the Institut Pasteur International Network.
This new research scholar she obtained is another recognition of the outstanding quality of her work and potential to advance biomedical research.