A Personal Touch of Intan Dewi

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Please learn more about colleagues in our "Personal Touch" series setting employees in the spotlight. A light-hearted manner to learn about the colleagues you know and those you don't!.

This week: Intan Dewi






1. Name, nationality, current function, department and theme?
Intan M.W Dewi, Indonesian, PhD candidate, Dept. of Internal Medicine, theme Infectious disease and global health. 

2. When you were a child what did you want to be when you grew up? Can you tell us something about your childhood years?
I grew up in a small village in Central Java, so I get to spent some of my childhood playing in the padi (rice) field and the river. My mother is an English lecturer at a university, and she introduced me to different parts of the world and the different cultures. Since then I have always thought that being an ambassador is a cool job, because you get to travel around the world and speak different languages. But of course I was a naïve kid back then :-)

3. What was your previous academic training, where did you study and why did you choose that study/those studies? 
I studied medicine in Bandung, Indonesia and after I graduated I applied for a job as a clinical research assistant for a study on Dengue Fever, which was in collaboration with Radboud University. Since then I became more interested in the field of microbiology and immunology, especially on how the host responds to different pathogens. I did my masters in microbiology and immunology in Buffalo, USA and here I was introduced to the fungal world. I became more interested in knowing more about fungal immunology. In Indonesia fungal disease is still one of the most neglected diseases, and research related to this field is still very lacking. Therefore I wanted to strengthen my capability and knowledge in this field, and I think I have chosen the right place to help me reach my goals.

4. The RIMLS motto is ‘to understand molecular mechanisms of disease’. What does this mean for you?
I think understanding the basic mechanisms of diseases can help you answer so many questions, which can lead to discoveries in diagnostics, treatment, preventive measures, and also pathogenesis of disease.

5. Which international scientist inspires/inspired you the most? Please give a motivation why.
I am very fond of all of my supervisors whom I am working with now. They have very rich knowledge and experience, and have always triggered me to improve my critical thinking and reasoning.

6. Which research discovery that you have made has made you most proud?
I am still working on it.  Hopefully in the upcoming years I can tell you some more :-)

7. Given unlimited finance what experiment would you perform?
With available stored specimens from patients, I think we could perform different measurements relevant to the topic of interest, and correlate it with clinical data, if available.

8. What does your working area (desk, office) look like and what does it say about you (or your research)?
I share a working room with 3 other colleagues, all very nice ladies. :-) I think my desk is the messiest (although I tried keeping it organized at some point ;) ) I like to write small notes on colorful post-its just to remind me of some important information or such. But I have learned so much from my dutch colleagues to be more organized and well-planned :-)

9. Nominate a colleague to be in the spotlight and what would you like to ask him or her? 
Arjan van Laarhoven: Apa kabar Arjan? Tetap semangat ya! J

10. What type of person are you, quick insights:
a) Mac or PC?:
b) Theater or cinema?:
c) Dine out or dine in?:
Dine in
d) Ferrari or Fiat?:
e) Shopaholic or chocoholic?:
Both of course ;)
f) Culture or Nature:

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