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July 29, 2016
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July 29, 2016

Eka Maya Kurniasih

eka3Research Fellow: 2013- 2015
Currently enrolled as Master student at Diponegoro University
ekamayakurniasih@ibrc-bali.org

I was bachelor student the Bogor Agricultural University (IPB) with Marine Science and Technology as my major in Bachelor degree. During my study, I was mostly studying about marine-based technology, ecology, oceanography, and conservation. As a marine science student, I took a very challenging research about DNA barcoding of sharks. I am interested in employing genetic tools to describe patterns of genetic diversity in Indonesia.

I am currently active as a junior research fellow at the Indonesian Biodiversity Research Center (IBRC) in Bali, Indonesia. IBRC is a newly developed research center aiming at cultivating research in marine molecular ecology in Indonesia while also developing research capacities of young Indonesian scientists. Therefore apart from doing independent research projects, IBRC also facilitates internships for undergraduate and master students to become involved with ongoing research, supervises these interns on a daily basis, assure they learn the right laboratory methods and ensure they meet working targets. These responsibilities have trained me to be a responsible scientist who knows their targets and in the past years I was also a leader of a small research group in an International summer course held by the center and several other U.S based universities (UCLA, SDSU, Smithsonian etc).

In this training, I led a small research group project, and I had to collaborate with both Indonesian and American students. These training have been essential for me in preparing myself to be a professional scientist with a wide international exposure and ability to collaborate with different national backgrounds. Furthermore in order to advance my skills on genetic methods and biodiversity research, the center sent me as an intern to the Department of Invertebrate Zoology of the Smithsonian Institution, University California Los Angeles, Moss Landing Marine Lab, and San Diego State University. These activities, which were funded by USAID, allowed me to learn more on DNA barcoding and the Next-Generation Sequencing technique. Working in an international setting and in a U.S standard laboratory environment urged me to work as an independent researcher, be able to solve questions while also be able to communicate with foreign scientist. These overall research and supervisory experiences have prepared me to be able to perform as a professional young researcher, I have been granted many opportunities to develop leadership skills through several workshops and training programs, owning high interpersonal skills and able to comprehend local problems and solve them with global approaches.

 

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