The youngest recipient of the Kovalevskaya Award

(VOVWORLD) - Prof. Dr. Nguyen Thi Lan, director of the Vietnam University of Agriculture, received the 2018 Kovalevskaya Award for her research and contributions to veterinary medicine. She is the youngest recipient of the award, which honors outstanding female scientists. 
The youngest recipient of the Kovalevskaya Award - ảnh 1Prof. Dr. Nguyen Thi Lan (Photo: Anh Tuan/ VNA)  

Prof. Dr. Lan, born in 1974, became the youngest professor in the history of Vietnam’s veterinary medicine. She either lead or was a member of 22 state or ministry level research projects and has published more than 100 articles in scientific journals, including 29 articles published by the Institute for Scientific Information.

Lan received a UVY Honorary Fellowship and has been a visiting professor at Yamaguchi University, Japan, since 2015. She is currently chairman of the Asian Society of Veterinary Pathology. Her work has been widely recognized and applied. Two examples are her quick test kit to detect the Porcine Reproductive and Respiratory Syndrome (PRRS) virus, also known as blue-ear pig disease, and her vaccine to prevent fever in dogs. She was a co-author of important procedures: diagnosis and prevention and treatment methods for infectious hepatitis in chickens. Lan’s research has contributed to a number of new vaccines which help prevent infectious animal diseases.

As the Head of the Vietnam National University of Agriculture, Lan has set up research groups in land management, smart agriculture, organic agriculture, and food processing. 

“I developed this research group before I became the Head of the University. The group has done a lot of work on animal vaccines and virus research,” said Lan.

The Vietnam National University of Agriculture ranks 5th among Vietnamese universities. It is working with more than 200 businesses across Vietnam to help students gain work experience and is closely cooperating with Japanese, Israeli, and South Korean partners on short training courses.

“Prof. Dr. Lan is a responsible person. She has worked hard to make the University self-supporting and make it a more professional learning and teaching environment. Ms. Lan has produced lots of practical scientific research,” said Nguyen Tat Thang, Lan’s colleague at the Vietnam National University of Agriculture.  

The youngest recipient of the Kovalevskaya Award - ảnh 2The 2018 Kovalevskaia award ceremony. (Photo: VNA) 

Ms. Lan said she was honored to receive the 2018 Kovalevskaya Award: “My success owes a lot to the assistance of my colleagues and students, who are always beside me in my research career. I’m happy to be part of the Vietnam National University of Agriculture with its many experienced and helpful teachers.”