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Jakarta Post

Sangkot Marzuki: The brilliant professor behind Eijkman

  • Prodita Sabarini

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Thu, February 4 2010   /  01:54 pm

JP/Avril Holderness-RoddamOne of the country's smartest people was once rejected by the prestigious Bandung Institute of Technology (ITB). He went on to study medicine at the University of Indonesia and Thailand's Mahidol University; obtained a PhD from Monash University; and with his research team in Monash, discovered some groundbreaking science, to do with the mutations of the DNA in the mitochondria - one of the important factors in aging and other degenerative diseases. Meet Professor Sangkot Marzuki, the man behind the prominent molecular biology Eijkman research Institute and chairman of the Indonesian Academy of Sciences. "It seems like it was written in the sky," he said about his failure to enter ITB. At first, he did not want to study medicine. "My mother and my grandmother were the ones who wanted me to become a doctor. I defied them and enrolled in ITB's ...