I grew up in a remote village on the southwest coast of 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. I established various initiatives from a mentorship program to assist students in my village to pursue higher education to collaborative projects dedicated to providing electricity for rural communities.
While studying chemical engineering at TU Delft and pursuing an Honours program in enzymology, I learned the possibilities of incorporating molecular chemistry in complex biological environments and their potential to address the challenges in biomedical field. At Cambridge, I look forward to combining my background knowledge with biotechnology. I would like to gain deeper understanding of cancer biology and new avenues for tumour diagnostic and treatment, from targeted drug delivery to genetic engineering.
My study will investigate the use of biopolymeric nanoparticles as theranostic agent for pancreatic cancer treatment. We do a very poor job of being able to cure this type of cancer because by the time it is diagnosed, it is too far advanced to be treated locally. As a result, the vast majority of pancreatic cancer patients do not survive for more than a year after diagnosis. My ultimate goal is to contribute to the development of more efficacious pancreatic cancer treatment.