I grew up in a remote village in Sumatra Island, Indonesia. While my entire education has been based on scholarships for academic excellence, my humble beginning taught me that education creates countless opportunities to help others. My interest in oncology stemmed from losing my family members to cancer. I learned that improving the specificity in delivering anticancer drugs to reduce off-target effects would potentially yield better treatment outcome. While at TU Delft, I worked on the synthesis of nanoparticles for tumor diagnosis. My current MPhil research at Cambridge looks into novel and 'special' nanoparticles that potentially can be used to deliver anticancer drugs with higher specificity.
For my PhD in Chemical Engineering, I aim to rationally design and synthesize these nanoparticles to deliver anticancer drugs for the treatment of pancreatic cancer, one of the hard-to-treat cancers. I also want to see if we can embed diagnostic functionality to the nanoparticles. Not only that such a system will minimize side effects on the patients, but it will also enable monitoring of therapeutic responses which could further improve the treatment outcome. It is my hope that results stemming from the project will have a positive impact on the academic community and open a way to pre-clinical studies for improving the efficacy of pancreatic cancer treatment.
I was very fortunate to be awarded the Gates Cambridge scholarship for my master's. I am excited to go back and join the Gates Scholars community!