The character we are looking for studies fungi. In a fictional universe that has become a multimedia franchise, this scientist from a Southeast Asian country was one of the first to realize that an outbreak of a parasitic fungal pathogen had begun .
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Dr. Ratna Pertiwi is a fictional scientist in the HBO series “The Last of Us”, a postapocalyptic drama created by Craig Mazin and Neil Druckmann that is based on a 2013 videogame developed by Naughty Dog with the same name .
In the series, a mutant, parasitic Cordyceps fungus infects humans and transforms them into aggressive hosts that attack, bite, and kill other humans, leading to a breakdown of civilization as it was known before the outbreak.
At the start of this pandemic, Dr. Pertiwi is a Professor of Mycology at the University of Indonesia in Jakarta. She is picked up by military personnel to lend her expertise in the mysterious death of a women who has worked at a flour mill, gone into a rage, and bit several coworkers. Dr. Pertiwi quickly figures out that an infection with the Cordyceps fungus must have been responsible and that the flour had served as a substrate for the fungus. When she learns that there are more potentially infected workers and they are missing, she realizes that due to the lack of a cure, the outbreak will be near impossible to contain and recommends wiping out the entire city as the only option.
 The Last of Us Wiki, Ratna Pertiwi, thelastofus.fandom.com. (accessed April 3, 2023)
 The Last of Us (TV Series), imdb.com. (accessed April 3, 2023)