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    Personality of the Month

    Personality of the Month

    Hello good colleagues. We would like to introduce our latest “Personality of the Month”, Dr. Jontari Hutagalung. Dr Jontari is currently a Principal Investigator (PI) in parasitology in the National Institute of Health Research and Development (NIHRD) of the Ministry of Health, Republic of Indonesia. and also has other activities as a lecturer in epidemiology and research methodologies at various Universities. He has a PhD in epidemiology and molecular biology, with a focus on malaria but also G6PD genotyping. He obtained his PhD from the Universitas Gadjah Mada (UGM) in 2016, under supervise of Prof. Supargiyono, dr. Hamim Sadewa, Ph.D and Prof. Din Syafruddin from the Eijkman Institute.

    He was also a member and one of the winners of research funding from the Asia Pacific Malaria Elimination Network (APMEN) since 2013/2014.

    Dr Jontari’s current research interest is focused on Plasmodium knowlesi identification, Histidine Rich Protein (HRP), K-13 propeller in Plasmodium falciparum, quantitative G6PD deficiency testing and malaria genotyping, especially in rural eastern and South Kalimantan, Indonesia. In order to accelerate malaria elimination in Indonesia, his team has been building collaboration between Eijkman Institute, the Parasitology Laboratories NIHRD-MoH, with expert support in Parasitology Laboratories of the CDC-US. Their work is aimed to determine the real prevalence of malaria, Plasmodium falciparum HRP 2 & 3 deletion and they also conduct capacity building for local NHIRD-MoH laboratories to assess malaria species identification by molecular means. The study will serve as a model for advanced malaria elimination efforts in Indonesia.

    If anyone would like to communicate with Dr Jontari, he can be reached at jontarihutagalung@yahoo.com