Anggit L. Sunarwidhi
What do you do?
I teach undergrad pharmacy students. I am also a researcher focusing on dermatology science. Apart of that, we also do public engagement activites such as training society how to make natural antibacteria soaps. During this Covid19 pandemic situation, I am also part of the university's hospital Covid19 detection team. The province did not have a detection lab, so prepared a lab at oir hospital. We were one of the earliest hospital that was able to run Covid19 detection for the whole west nusa tenggara province. Before we started taking samples, people in the province had to send their samples to the capital city of Indonesia, Jakarta, which took more than a week to get the results. So we helped to cut time and trace more people with infection and hopefully help to stop the spread of the disease. We are also running several research related to Covid19 in our lab.
Why did you choose this field?
Since I was a teenager I always had interest in skin care, I've always wanted to try and review differents type and how it would effect the skin. My parents are both scientist and professors so they are the ones that inspired me a lot about science and motivated me to do my PhD. For my Phd I choosed to do a research on lipidomics and skin biology, since then I realised even more that my interest is in dermatology science, the skin is the largest organ and its very fascinating to me how complex this organ is.
What do you look at and think, "I wish younger me would have known this was possible"?
Getting my PhD in a field that I am very passioned about.
Why do you love working in STEM?
I am always looking forward to get in the lab, do experiments and getting answers to my questions, or even sometimes get surprises which is even better than what I expected.
Best advice for next generation?
Never stop dreaming, work hard, be kind, and always believe in yourself. If others could do it, so could you.
Inspo quote / fun fact / role model
“If you always try to be normal, you will never know how amazing you can be.” - Maya Angelou