Two new research units, Bioresources Technology Unit and Genome Institute, were launched after the approval of BIOTEC Executive Board on 10 September 2007. Both Bioresources Technology Unit and Genome Institute are spun off from BIOTEC Central Research Unit, in order for the concerned laboratories to be more focused and operate effectively as autonomous satellite units. Both Bioresources Technology Unit and Genome Institute are situated at Thailand Science Park.
Bioresources Technology Unit aims to discover the potential valuable products, whether in the form of compounds, enzymes or genes, from microorganisms, through highly systematic and efficient research. The Unit houses laboratories ranging from surveying and identification (Mycology and Phylogenetic Laboratory), preservation (BIOTEC Culture Collection), to utilization (Fermentation Technology Laboratory, Bioassay Laboratory, Enzyme Technology Laboratory, Chemistry Laboratory) and conservation (Ecology and GIS Laboratory). Dr. Kanyawim Kirtikara, in addition to her position as Deputy Director of BIOTEC in charge of Capacity Building and Director of BIOTEC Central Research Unit, serves as the Director of Bioresources Technology Unit. More information on laboratories under Bioresources Technology Unit can be found athttp://www.sciencepark.or.th/
Genome Institute is set out with the focus on post-sequence, functional genomic questions. The major technical platforms of high throughput sequencing, high throughput proteomics, bioinformatics, and HPC (High Performance Computing Service) are integrated with programs in molecular and cellular biology, and computational biology. Under the new structure, Genome Institute will house Sequencing Laboratory, Proteomics Laboratory and Biostatistics and Informatics Laboratory, as well as providing DNA sequencing and related service through Bioservice Unit and servicing genomic data through HPC and Genomics Database Laboratory. Genome Institute currently houses the following genomic databases: Rice, Shrimp, Cassava, Spirulina and Thai SNP and will expand to cover oil palm genome in the coming year. Genome Institute will also foster collaboration and form a virtual research network with systems biology researchers such as the groups at Chiang Mai University and King Mongkut's University of Technology Thonburi. Leading this new initiative and endeavor is Dr. Somvong Tragoonrung. For more information on Genome Institute, please visits it's official website at http://gi.biotec.or.th.
Posted on 3 January 2008.