I was born in Bandung, Indonesia 57 years ago. During an elementary and high school and until my graduation as a medical doctor in 1981, I lived in Medan, Indonesia. I finished my Ph.D from the Medical Faculty, Eberhard-Karls University in Tübingen, Germany in 1995. I work as a medical lecturer at the Medical Faculty, Unversitas Sumatera Utara, Indonesia in the field of biochemistry and molecular biology. I am also a Head of Masters Program in Biomedical Sciences at the Medical Faculty, Universitas Sumatera Utara, Indonesia.