School of Biomedical Sciences

Vincentius Aji Jatikusumo

Vincentius Aji Jatikusumo

BSc Biomedical Genetics – Graduated July 2015 with a First Class Honours Degree

Current Position: PhD Student, University of Cambridge

I am currently pursuing a PhD at the University of Cambridge, working on the structure of molecular machineries responsible for DNA replication, recombination, and repair. My studies are fully funded by the prestigious Gates Cambridge Scholarship (donated by Bill and Melinda Gates).

Newcastle University has supported me sufficiently to build a career in scientific research – something that I have always intended to do. However, no matter what the prospective students are aspiring to do after their degree, I am sure the university will prepare them very well both inside and outside the academic area.

All the courses were taught in depth and width by the helpful and knowledgeable lecturers. In the final year, the research project equipped me well for work in research laboratory. The support from the Personal Tutor was extremely helpful and motivating.

Throughout my studies I received awards such as Best Genetics Student, Stage 3 Research Project in Institute of Cell and Molecular Biosicences, and Science-Related Category of Extra-Curricular Prize.

Outside the academic activities, the university provided me a lot of opportunities that help me to develop myself.

I was a student mentor and campus tour guide during university Open Days. The Newcastle Work Experience also allowed me to do a paid research project after my final examinations at the Institute for Cell and Molecular Biosciences.

Furthermore, the school is very active in informing students about activities outside the university. This helped me to secure a summer research studentship at the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, Cambridge.

With a great degree from Newcastle, determination, and focus I've gone places that have exceeded my own expectations. I hope it will be same with other prospective students.