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Euginia Singgih

Date of news: 29 October 2018

eugWhat's your name, nationality, current function, and department?

I am Euginia Singgih, a PhD student from Indonesia working in the department of genetics in the Radboudumc. My PhD is a result of collaboration between my PIs, Barbara Franke and Annette Schenck.

What is the topic of your PhD project and what does your work look like in practice?

I am studying the function of the ADHD candidate genes in the nervous system and also how they contribute to the biology of ADHD. I am using fruit flies as an animal model to achieve that goal. So, my daily live includes taking care of those flies.

What did you want to be when you were younger?

I had a lot of dreams because I kinda changed my dreams every few years. I remember I   wanted be a superhero and then later I wanted to be a scientist or a teacher. It is kinda funny that later on I really became a scientist.

What has your career path been so far and how did you come to your current position?

I left Indonesia after highschool to pursue a bachelor degree in Biomedical research. After graduation, I worked as a research assistant in the group of Jeffrey Glennon where I worked on establishing fruit fly model of OCD. That was my first introduction to the flies and I fell in love with them. Two years later, I was offered my current PhD position and I have been a PhD since then.

What aspect of your job is or has been a challenge for you?

Since I am working with an animal model, they behave differently from time-to-time. Sometimes they just give me random results that nobody can explain. It is tough because it is really unpredictable when they won’t behave as you expected.

What does your perfect weekend look like?

I want to spend a weekend on the beach where I can swim during the day and have a barbecue and a cocktail in the evening.

What is the most important advice you want to share with Donders PhD candidates?

Publishing papers is not the only thing you do in your PhD. Soft skills are important too because research is not the only thing a researcher do.

What do you wish you would have known when you started your PhD project?

I wish that I knew that my project was something I had control over and I had the ability to shape my own project to what I want. In my first year, I relied too much on my supervisors. When my project went south, I started despising my project because it felt like I was forced to enter this mess unwillingly.