Arli Aditya Parikesit

Arli Aditya Parikesit

Position: Associate Professor in Bioinformatics Program

Research focus: Structural Bioinformatics and Proteomics

What do you love about viruses?
Viruses are enigmatic. Scientists made many predictive models on them, and almost all of them proven to be incorrect after a while.

Who is your favourite scientist and why?
Rosalind Franklin. She played a role also in the coal chemistry field development, not only in structural biology.

On what topic could you give a 30-min talk without preparation?
Rational Drug Design

What is your favourite way to spend a day off?
Watching video streaming

What are you currently learning?
Re-learning quantum chemistry, so I can use quantum-based modeling

If you could create a new invention, what would it be?
Useful bioinformatics software in quantum computer

What is the coolest thing about your research?
Unpredictable outcomes are always possible

What do people think about you that isn’t true?
Some people said that Bioinformatics is useless, I find that extremely offensive. Of course it is beneficial for many things. They think that freaky statement did not offend me, but actually, it is.

What was your most surprising scientific finding?
Some people knew it, but RNAs are somehow acting in accordance with the chaos theory in maths

Which scientific topic (outside of your field of research) do you think should have more scientific attention?
Public health promotion. Why COVID getting out of control is because many don’t care about health protocols

If you were completely free to choose a scientific topic to work on, which would it be?
How to use quantum mechanics to predict the behavior of viruses, especially the RNA ones

If you had the option to advise a younger version of yourself, what would that be?
Enjoy yourself, have fun, and watch good movies 🙂