Unique Scientist: Febri Gunawan Sugiokto

Time to meet Febri Gunawan Sugiokto (He/him)! Febri is a Master’s student at Tzu Chi University, Taiwan studying bacteriophages!

What kind of scientist are you?
I am a second semester Master Student who researches bacteriophages. Bacteriophages are natural predators for bacteria in the environment, so my research is to characterize one of the phages that can kill bacteria and also I found that bacteria can develop a resistance mechanism to prevent phage attack, so I also learn how phage interacts with Acinetobacter baumannnii. If we can learn how phage interacts with Acinetobacter, we can develop a way to make phage therapy more efficient.

What made you want to become a scientist?
I have a high curiosity about science and if I stop myself, I will go crazy. I chose Microbiology because small things are beautiful. Since I was in senior high, I loved biology because my senior high teacher was so inspiring.

“I have a high curiosity about science and if I stop myself, I will go crazy.”

Febri Gunawan Sugiokto

What makes you a #UniqueScientist?
I am the first in my family to go to college and also learn about science. I have strabismus so sometimes I lose my self-confidence. Being untrusted and bullied by seniors when undergraduate made me so blunt and hate myself because I don’t come from high-class family. Finally, I went to Tzu Chi University, a humanity-based campus, to pursue Master degree and reconcile with my inner self.

What’s something cool you do outside of work?
Since I started my master’s degree, I just spend my time inside laboratory because I cannot stop my brain to think about this or that about my research, so I am not like others who can go to the gym or have fun outside. When I have time, I love watching youtube especially satire comedy because they can talk about anything without any border also I am a Mariah Carey Fan, so I could enjoy her music a lot #wearelambily.

If you had one wish and could change anything in science, what would it be?
Maybe changing opinion to judge scientists by how many publications they have. I think it is not fair because many good kinds of research cannot be published because of the publication fee. Also, I hope there is one organization to eradicate predatory journal and predatory conferences. I get many emails asking me to speak in their conference and even call me “Dr.”

Who has inspired you the most in your journey to where you are now?
So many people, my family, my teachers, my Professors. My family taught me many moral things even though they just senior high school graduates but they can support me to take a Master degree. My teachers and Professors continue to teach me how to think independently and how to design an experiment and how to read papers.

Let’s end on a high note! What’s something you’ve done this week that you’re proud of?
Our lab just got funding from the government, so I can take my research to a new level.


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