Adventina Padmyastuti has been interested in natural sciences since her childhood. From an early age onwards, she took pleasure in digesting encyclopaedias and enjoyed visiting natural history museums. She was particularly fascinated by the complexity of the human body.
This interest and her desire to study in Germany led her to the University of Greifswald. Whilst visiting the preparatory courses in Hanover to prepare her for studies in Germany, she worked as an assistant nurse to further consolidate her knowledge. The direct contact with patients strengthened Adventina’s desire to study medicine.
She has been studying Human Medicine at the University of Greifswald since winter semester 2018 and working on an experimental doctoral thesis on the topic of prostate cancer (Investigation of Circulating MicroRNAs as Biomarkers for Prostate Carcinoma Using a Microphysiological System) in the research laboratory of the Clinic and Polyclinic for Urology at University Medicine Greifswald since October 2021, where she is supervised by Prof. Dr. Burchardt and Dr. Pinto.. She was honoured for her laboratory work and received a scholarship from the German Society for Hematology and Medical Oncology (DGHO). This has made it possible for her to interrupt the clinical phase of her studies and to devote herself fully to her research. She was able to present some of her work at the DGHO’s annual conference in 2022. Alongside her studies and research, Adventina is also a student assistant at a prenatal diagnostics practice and she passes on her knowledge to her fellow students as a tutor for medical biochemistry.
‘By studying medicine, I would like to contribute towards the realisation of a better future. I felt compelled to take on social responsibility and play a part in shaping society from early on,’ explains Adventina Padmyastuti. Already at the age of 14, she became a UNICEF Youth Ambassador and chairperson of the children’s forum in her home town Salatiga. In this position, she visited schools and raised awareness for children’s rights, collected donations for orphanages and advocated the development of a child-friendly city. At the same time, she gave lessons to needy children and ran a public library in her neighbourhood.
Following her arrival in Germany, she continued her voluntary work, supporting refugees in Hanover and organising an intercultural café. In Greifswald, Adventina took part in a children’s holiday club, supported international students on arrival to Greifswald as a Local Buddy and joined the university’s UNICEF society, which she now chairs. Adventina would now like to complete her specialist training and then plans to help install and support aid projects for children in her home country.
The University wishes the prizewinner every success and all the best for her future!
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