Dr Silvia Giordani, a former Marie Curie fellow, received the prestigious 2012 L'Oréal-UNESCO UK & Ireland Fellowship For Women In Science (FWIS) on 28 June 2012 at the Royal Society in London for her research project on nanotechnologies. The l'Oréal prize commended her work on the synthesis, characterization and application of new nanoparticles that carry several key functions in one construct, thereby making them suitable as smart and responsive therapeutic vehicles. This technology could improve methods for disease diagnosis, treatment, monitoring and control.
Dr Silvia Giordani has a long track record of receiving prizes and awards. In 2007, she received the prestigious Science Foundation Ireland President of Ireland Young Researcher Award (PIYRA). This € 1 million grant is Ireland's most prestigious research award, establishing young researchers from all around the world in Irish research institutions. In the past she also received two Marie Curie Fellowships as a post-doctoral fellow at both Trinity College Dublin, Ireland and the University of Trieste, Italy. Dr Silvia Giordani is now a research lecturer at Trinity College, Dublin. Dr Silvia Giordani was also a speaker at the ESOF 2012 Career session in Dublin last week where she shared her successful experience as a Marie Curie Fellow and her passion for outreach and mentoring juniors.