Molecular Laboratory Diagnostic Scientist
About: Saraswati earned B.Sc in Biology. Malaria immunology and molecular diagnostics are her research interests. She has worked in malaria research since 1993 when she was a Medical Research Technologist at Department of Immunology at the US-military international biomedical research laboratory in Jakarta. At her early career, she investigated immunological response during antimalarial drugs prophylaxis of falciparum and vivax malaria in Papua. She received trainings on the usage of microsatellite for Plasmodium vivax genotyping from MORU (Thailand), knob-associated histidine-rich protein PCR from A-Star (Singapore), development and optimization Luminex assay in multi-antigens for leptospira, rickettsia and Q-fever. She is responsible for establishing field diagnostics laboratories for clinical trials. She and her colleagues have run hundreds of blood samples gathered from field sites in determining parasite infections and genotyping parasite diversity. US Embassy in Indonesia awarded her in 2005 for her teamwork initiative in establishing an Infectious Disease Laboratory after tsunami earthquake in Aceh, Indonesia.