Trisna recently joined JR Biotek as Chief Scientific Officer. Originally from Indonesia, Trisna has been living in the United Kingdom since 2003. Trisna graduated with a BSc (Hons) in Biology and MSc in Environmental Technology from Imperial College London in 2009. For her Masters’ thesis, Trisna was involved in a tropical peat forest conservation project in Central Borneo, Indonesia. In 2010, Trisna relocated to Cambridge to start her PhD in Dr John Carr’s molecular virology group at the Department of Plant Sciences, University of Cambridge, UK. After completing her PhD in 2014, Trisna continue to work with Dr John Carr as a Postdoctoral Research Associate. Trisna’s work is part of the Sustainable Crop Production Research for International Development programme, which is a collaboration between researchers in the UK, Uganda, Ghana and Kenya. The project focuses on beans as a vital crop in eastern and central Africa. It aims to explore ways of controlling bean virus diseases by altering the feeding patterns and behaviour of the aphids as the virus vector.
Trisna’s work focuses on utilising tobacco and Arabidopsis as the model plant to investigate how virus infection manipulates plant-aphid interaction. Trisna provides teaching assistance and supervision to undergraduate and graduate students doing Plant Sciences at Cambridge. Trisna is also a regular volunteer at the Cambridge Science Festival where the aim of the festival is to communicate science to public. Trisna strongly believes that Africa and other developing countries have an immense amount of potential and talent, hence she is excited to be involved in JR Biotek’s programmes. Outside academia, Trisna served as Treasurer and Lesson Coordinator for the Cambridge University Riding Club. Horse riding has always been Trisna’s passion since as long as she could remember. Trisna was a member of the Imperial College Equestrian Team and has represented the University in both national and international student competitions. Trisna viewed horse riding as an excellent sport to learn the core value of teamwork, discipline and perseverance. When she is not with the horses, Trisna can usually be found running on the streets of Cambridge or trying out new recipes in her kitchen.