Rizky Indrameikha Sugianto is an epidemiologist and dentist. She graduated as a dentist from Padjadjaran University, Indonesia, in 2007 with distinction. She worked for the Indonesian Health Ministry and was involved in developing a dental clinic as a part of primary health service in a remote area in West Papua, Indonesia. This work awoke her interest in public health and epidemiology leading her to pursue further education in Germany. She obtained her Master in Public Health (MPH) from Hannover Medical School, Germany, in 2013. After the birth of her first child in December 2013, she joined the research group of Prof. Dr. Dr. Anette Melk at Hannover Medical School in July 2014. In 2015 she started her doctoral research focusing on the development of cardiovascular comorbidities in pediatric kidney transplant recipients. After the birth of her second child in September 2018, she resumed her work and obtained her doctoral degree in clinical epidemiology in 2021 from Hannover Medical School with the highest distinction “summa cum laude”. Her findings demonstrated the significance of sex in the evolution of cardiovascular risk. Rizky is currently a postdoctoral researcher and involved in several ongoing projects studying the course of cardiovascular morbidities in healthy children as well as children after organ transplantation. She also actively supervises doctoral students, as well as post-doctoral fellows in the research group. Rizky sees that the importance of sex as a biological factor might have been underestimated by the widely demonstrated gender effect on the transplantation access. So, she will dedicate the next two years to further investigate the role of sex on different cardiovascular morbidities.
Dr. Sugianto has this to say about her award:
“It is a great honor for me to be granted this award. The WIT fellowship grants will enable me not only to continue my research but also to grow and gain more experiences in the field and of course to contribute to the discovery of new knowledge in sex differences in cardiovascular outcome after transplantation.”
Dr. Sugianto is mentored by Dr. Anette Melk, Hannover Medical School
Anette Melk is a clinician scientist specialized in pediatric nephrology and transplantation medicine at Hannover Medical School. Dr. Melk leads a research group for Interdisciplinary Experimental Transplantation Medicine. Her clinical research aims to decipher factors leading to cardiovascular and renal comorbidity in pediatric patients after solid organ and stem cell transplantation.
Here are Dr. Martin’s thoughts on receiving this award:
‘I feel very excited and honored to receive the WIT fellowship award and to be considered capable of being one woman in transplantation who might help to get a deeper understanding of gender dependent differences in transplantation. It provides me the opportunity to develop my own research in the field I'm interested in.’
Dr. Martin is mentored by Dr. Stefan Tullius, Harvard Medical School
Stefan G. Tullius, MD, PhD, is the Chief of Transplant Surgery. His research career in transplantation immunology covers a period of more than 15 years. His work on chronic graft rejection has contributed greatly to an improved understanding of the pathophysiology of long-term graft failure. His more recent research interests include individualized immunosuppression and the investigation of basic mechanisms of clinically relevant aspects in organ transplantation, focusing on novel routes for the improvement of organ quality.
Women in Transplantation wish Dr. Martin and Dr. Sugianto every success with their research projects!