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Ocky Karna Radjasa
Department of Marine Science
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Ocky Radjasa is a professor of marine microbiology at Diponegoro University of Semarang, Central Java, Indonesia. Radjasa obtained his bachelor of science degree in environmental science at Soedirman University of Purwokerto, Indonesia. After graduation, he joined Department of Marine Science, Diponegoro as a junior assistant and went to McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada and obtained his M.Sc in biology in 1994. He joined Ocean Research Institute (ORI), the University of Tokyo, and received a PhD in aquatic biosciences in 2001. He then received a DAAD postdoctoral fellowship in Institute of Chemistry and Biology of Marine environment, University of Oldenburg in 2002. In 2004, Radjasa joined IFM-GEOMAR in Kiel as a Humboldt fellow, until he returned to Indonesia in 2005 and took a helm as the Director of Center of Tropical Coastal and Marine Studies, Diponegoro University until 2009. Radjasa was project leader at Eijkman Institute for Molecular Biology in Jakarta and established a research group in marine microbiology. In 2011, Radjasa got his full professorship in Department of marine Science, Diponegoro University. Radjasa is editor for several journals and is editor-in-chief for the Journal of Coastal Zone Management which is an official journal of Indonesian Society of Oceanolgist (ISOI). Radjasa received a prestigous Cipta Lestari Award from Indonesian Biodiversity Foundation in 2006 and a Biovision Catalyzer award from Biovision World Life Science Forum in March 2013 in Lyon, France. Currently Radjasa serves as the Director of Central Laboratory of Research and Service-Diponegoro University, an intergrated laboratory housing 20 different laboratories covering medical, biological, chemical and physical field of studies.
His research interest is primarily focused on marine molecular microbial diversity and marine microbial natural products from marine microbial symbionts. He is currently working to screen marine microbial symbionts against Multi Drug Resistant (MDR) pathogens from Indonesian local hospitals supported by USAID and University of California Santa Cruz and fungal symbionts of corals for the treatment of cancer in collaboration with 5 EU-countries. He concerned much about the use of coral reefs in sustainable manner.