Prof. Usman Sumo Friend Tambunan
Usman Sumo Friend Tambunan is Professor of the Department of Chemistry, Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Science, Universitas Indonesia since 1997. Afterward, he carried out postdoctoral research at Kansas University, Battelle Memorial Institute, Colombus, Ohio, USA and in Taiwan to study pharmaceutical biotechnology. Since then, he has been a lecturer for Organic Chemistry and Biochemistry at Universitas Indonesia. He has been appointed to several positions at Universitas Indonesia, such as Vice Dean I of Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Science (2001-2004) and Chief of Professor Council at Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Science (2007-2015). Prof. Tambunan research interests focus on drug and vaccine design using computational method for avian influenza, Ebola virus, dengue virus, and cervical cancer. His research includes the development of natural products, cyclic peptides, and fragment-based drug design to find better drug candidate to combat these diseases. Moreover, he is also specialized in enzyme stability and bioinorganic chemistry studies of the ligand-enzyme complex as well. His research has been funded by Ministry of Research Technology and Higher Education and Universitas Indonesia. For his achievements, he has been rewarded with several prestigious awards, such as Satya Lencana in 2010 and 3rd Best Professor at Universitas Indonesia in 2009.