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My Research Internship in Dengue Lab

 

This is my short story about my research internship almost two years ago in Dengue Lab, Institute of Tropical Disease Universitas Airlangga.

When I was a child, I was a Dengue Hemorrhagic Fever (DHF) survivor. Thenceforward, I’ve had more thinking about biology also I've always felt fascinated in life science phenomena, i.e. how our bodies can regulate metabolism, how our bodies use our immune system to defend us from viruses or other organisms, and so on. That's why, I took major in Biology.

Nowadays, Dengue Hemorrhagic Fever (DHF) is a global health problem in tropical and subtropical regions, also endemic diseases in 110 countries around the world. Indonesia is one of the largest country in dengue endemic regions. In 2010, Indonesia became the first ranked country in ASEAN by the highest number of cases in DHF and hyperendemic predicate. 

During my undergraduate studies, I received a research grant from Indonesian government for vector control research, exploring plant extracts from the Rutaceae family against 3rd instar larvae of Aedes aegypti and Culex fatigans. In the early 2015, I did a research internship in Dengue Lab, Institute of Tropical Disease Universitas Airlangga. I did my research internship with the topic of detection of dengue virus serotypes from patients suspected DHF in Surabaya. I did my research internship for 5 weeks and published a research article after finished my research internship.

Thanks to Institute of Tropical Disease Universitas Airlangga for research internship opportunity in the Dengue Lab. Also, to all members of Dengue Lab and researchers from Kobe University, Japan.  

Cell culture

Dengue Lab

Dengue Virus (DEN-V) serotype 3, isolated from Surabaya

Cell culture
My publication in a research journal

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