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L’Oréal UNESCO For Women in Science acknowledges each year six exceptional women scientists from Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Palestine, and Syria for their quality of research work. Ms. Rachel Njeim, PhD student in Biomedical Sciences working in the Laboratory of Dr. Assaad A. Eid, was one of the 6 women who won the 2021 L’Oréal UNESCO For Women In Science Levant Young Talents Program.
The focus of Ms. Njeim research work is understanding the underlying pathology of diabetic kidney disease in order to identify potential therapies that inhibit its progression. Ms. Njeim aims to identify the role of NETosis, a novel neutrophil-specific cell death process, in the pathogenesis of diabetic kidney disease. She also intends to elucidate the potential benefits of targeting NETosis with mesenchymal stem cells to reverse kidney injury. Ms. Njeim’s research work is a steppingstone into understanding the pathology underlying diabetic kidney disease. It proposes a host of innovative and improved therapies to reduce the burden of diabetes on patients and to improve their quality of life.