Hi! My name is Putri Ayu Fajar and I am a PhD student for the “International Network Surveillance for Pandemic EmergenCe via Transport hubs (INSPECT)”. When I first learnt about PDPC and INSPECT, it immediately enticed me as it is a highly collaborative and multi-disciplinary research environment – two things that I find most invigorating in doing science.
Previously in my Master’s, I worked around the topic of understanding the immunology of viral infections in different populations using innovative techniques such as next generation sequencing. Within the PDPC, I am specifically interested in exploring innovative ways to detect emerging viral strains early and assess the significance of these strains to public health – in other words, whether their phenotypes are greatly altered so that it could possibly start an outbreak, or even worse, pandemic.