Inez is currently the head of Rice Genetic Design and Validation unit at IRRI and is assigned as the the global lead of CGIAR gene editing initiative. Her research portfolio includes improving nutrition through healthier rice, disease resistance, drought, low phosphorus tolerance, and rice productivity.
Prior to her appointment at IRRI, she worked at the Research Center for Biotechnology, Indonesian Institute of Sciences (LIPI) as the head of Molecular Biology Division, as a consultant at the United Nations Environment Programme-Global Environment Facility. She represented Indonesia in the sub committee of Biotechnology at ASEAN Committee of Science and Technology. She was also appointed as Biosafety Clearing House Expert of Cartagena Protocol, Convention of Biological Diversity.
She has received numerous recognitions throughout her career, including the Best Young Scientist Award from the Indonesian Institute of Sciences, awards from the Ministry of Agriculture and from the Indonesian President for her contribution to food security through biotechnology. She was also the Most Cited Scientist at RC-Biotechnology LIPI. At IRRI, she won Best Scientific Achievement Team in 2017, and she was awarded the Best Scientific Team Award from the DOST- Los Baños Science Community in 2018.
Inez is also an elected fellow of The World Academy of Sciences for the Advancement of Science in Developing Countries (TWAS)-UNESCO and an adjunct professor at UP Los Baños. She has published articles as co-author or lead author in Nature, Nature Biotechnology, Nature Plant, Nature Communication, Nature Genetics, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Plant Biotechnology, Journal of Environmental Biology, Frontiers and other leading international journals.
Post Doctoral Fellow, Institute of Molecular Plant Science-Leiden University, Netherlands
Doctor of Philosophy- Life Science - Plant Genetic Manipulation Group
Nottingham University, United Kingdom
Bachelor of Science in Agriculture Engineer, Bogor Agricultural University