The Orchid Garden

A special space for tributes to the most important women in our lives.
Mothers, grandmothers, nannies, teachers, friends – whoever they are, these are the women who provide the inspiration and guidance in our everyday lives.

Also listed in The Orchid Garden are the women who have been honoured by organisations and publications in annual awards.

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Dr Marissa Teo

Young Woman Achiever 2010
Research Fellow, National Cancer Centre Singapore

After researching on cures for nose cancer for over a year, Dr Teo’s work was recognised when she became the first Singaporean to be awarded a US$20,000 (S$25,217) research grant under the L’Oreal-Unesco For Women In Science Programme. 
Her research on how to treat patients with nasopharyngeal carcinoma (a type of nose cancer) by combining chemotherapy with cell therapy, if successful, could spare patients from complications resulting from radiotherapy and chemotherapy treatments, such as hearing loss, jaw-muscle deadlock and tooth decay. It could also reduce the incidence of relapses. 
Dr Teo, who holds a PhD in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from Georgetown University in Washington DC, used her grant to further her research in tumour immunology at the Center for Cell and Gene Therapy at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston. 

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