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Dr. Somvong Tragoonrung
Executive Director

Somvong Tragoonrung obtained his Ph.D. in plant and soil science from Montana State University. Before completing his doctoral degree, Somvong had experience working in the research departments of the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT). He started his career at BIOTEC in 1992 as a researcher in Plant Genetic Engineering Laboratory. In 1999, he was tasked to lead the establishment of DNA Technology Laboratory and became its first director until the spin-off in 2009. Somvong has served as Director of Genome Technology Research Unit since 2008.

As an expert in genomic research, Somvong was a key member of Thai research team participating in the International Rice Genome Sequencing Project. His expertise in genome technology allows him to lead the team to develop genetic testing of GM products, species identification and grain purity. He is also an expert in utilizing genome technology for crop improvement, with the current work concentrating on eucalyptus, oil palm and sugar cane. He was the recipient of 2013 Technologist Award, a prestigious award established by the Foundation for the Promotion of Science and Technology. 
 
Ms. Dussadee Siamhan
Deputy Executive Director 
 
Dussadee Siamhan graduated with a bachelor’s degree in agriculture from Kasetsart University and in 1993 obtained her master’s degree in agricultural studies from the University of Queensland under the Australian Development Co-operation Scholarship Scheme (ADCSS). She started her career at the Asian Regional Center – Asian Vegetable Research and Development Center (ARC-AVRDC). In February 1995, Dussadee joined the BIOTEC Research Funding Division, responsible for analyzing and monitoring research and development projects in the plant biotechnology field, including coordinating biosafety activities and overseeing projects with international partners. In October 2000, BIOTEC created the Evaluation and Monitoring Unit (EMU), to its operations to appraise, monitor and evaluate all of BIOTEC’s activities, including the operation of research units and BIOTEC itself, and Dussadee was chosen to lead this new initiative. While still leading EMU, in March 2004 Dussadee was also entrusted to start a new operation, the BIOTEC Training Unit, a division to organize training workshops in the field of biotechnology utilizing local as well as international experts. Within three years of operation, the BIOTEC Training Unit was able to earn sufficient revenue to cover its operational expenses.

Dussadee was appointed Deputy Executive Director of BIOTEC in August 2008 and is responsible for strategic planning, budgeting, evaluation and monitoring of BIOTEC administrative activities.
 
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Dr. Kuakoon Piyachomkwan
Deputy Executive Director
 
Kuakoon Piyachomkwan earned her Ph.D. in Food Science and Technology from the Oregon State University, USA in 1997. Her research interest is on food carbohydrate, starch properties and enzyme technology. She has published over 40 international publications. In 2015, she became a Head of Cassava and Starch Technology Research Laboratory, a collaborative research unit between BIOTEC and Kasetsart University.
Kuakoon was appointed Deputy Executive Director of BIOTEC in 2016. Her main responsibility is for research and development both central and collaborative research units.
 
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Dr. Wonnop Visessanguan
Acting Deputy Executive Director and Director of Biosensing and Bioprospecting Technology Research Group
 
Wonnop Visessanguan started working at BIOTEC in 1994 before awarded the Royal Thai Government Scholarship to pursue Ph.D. study in food science. He obtained his doctoral degree in Food Science and Technology from Oregon State University, USA in 1999. His main research interest is on food chemistry focusing on food proteins and enzymes that affect on quality of food products. He has published over 150 papers in international peer reviewed journals. 
Wonnop was the recipient of the 2003 Outstanding Young Scientist Award from the Foundation for the Promotion of Science and Technology under the Patronage of His Majesty the King. He received the 2005 Taguchi Prize for Outstanding Research Achievements by a Young Scientist in the Field of Biotechnology from Thai Society for Biotechnology. In 2006, his research team was honored with the 2006 Outstanding Technologist Award from the Foundation for the Promotion of Science and Technology under the Patronage of His Majesty the King. At present, he is a member and affiliated member of the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT), and Thai Academy of Science and Technology (TAST), respectively.
 
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Dr. Nataporn Chanvarasuth
Acting Deputy Executive Director and Director of Platform Technology Management and Human Resource Development Division

Dr. Nataporn Chanvarasuth has joined BIOTEC since 1993 as a project analyst. With the scholarship of the Royal Thai Government, Dr. Nataporn obtained her Ph.D. in Management from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, USA in 2003. After that, she returned to BIOTEC and worked as a policy researcher under the Policy Study and Biosafety Division.
 
As the policy researcher, Dr. Nataporn led the team to do policy research studies delivering the national goals, roadmaps, and implementation plans for Thailand biotechnology development. One example is Thailand Biotechnology Framework (2004-2011) that initiated several incentives specific for biotechnology businesses and provided the national goals and directions for biotechnology development cited by many related organizations. Another example is the Strategic Study to Promote the Development of Thai Bio-based Industry. This study had been used in the public-private collaboration aiming to create new S-Curve industry for bioeconomy. In 2017, Dr. Nataporn was appointed to be a director of Platform Technology Management and Human Resource Development Division. Her role is to establish platform technologies for the future and to create biotechnology capabilities under the NSTDA Strategic Planning Alliance III (2017-2021) that meet the national needs. 
 
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Dr. Theerayut Toojinda

Director of Integrative Crop Biotechnology and Management Research Group

 
Theerayut Toojinda completed his Ph.D. in Crop Science from the Oregon State University, USA in 1998. He has accumulated expertise in the field of plant breeding for almost 30 years. His expertise is in the field of genome mapping in plants, molecular breeding, gene identification and positional gene cloning.
 
Theerayut is the best known rice breeder in the Greater Mekong Sub-region (GMS), particularly Thailand, Laos, Cambodia and Myanmar. His research is centered on the use of marker aided selection (MAS) to improve the effectiveness and precision of conventional rice breeding with the goal to improve tolerance to unfavorable environmental conditions and resistance to pests and diseases. He and his research team developed rice varieties which are flood-tolerant jasmine rice (Homcholasit), blast-resistant glutinous rice (Thanyasirin).
 
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Dr. Anan Jongkaewwattana
Director of Veterinary Health Innovation and Management Research Group
 
Anan Jongkaewwattana obtained his doctoral degree in Microbiology from the University of Alabama at Birmingham, USA in 2005 before starting his research career at BIOTEC. He was granted an opportunity to join, as a post-doctoral fellow at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, USA to work on the technology of reverse genetics of influenza A virus in 2006. Soon after Anan completed his fellowship, he started his independent research group working on influenza virus biology. A few years later, his group was expanded to the ‘Virology and Cell Technology Laboratory’ and Anan has been looking after this Laboratory for almost ten years. In 2016, he is promoted to act as a research unit director of a newly established research unit, Virology and Antibody Technology Unit.
 
Anan is well recognized as an expert in the field of molecular virology especially in the area of reverse genetics technology development of RNA viruses at both national and international levels. He established reverse genetics of influenza Aviruses in Thailand and successfully developed prototyped H5N1 and H5N3 vaccines. In 2009, the swine-origin influenza virus (H1N1) pandemic erupted in Mexico and rapidly spread to Thailand, his team was the first group in the country who successfully constructed the vaccine against pandemic H1N1 within a few weeks after obtaining the genetic materials of the parental virus.
 
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Dr. Sorawit Powtongsook
Director of Integrative Aquaculture Biotechnology Research Group 
 
Dr. Sorawit Powtongsook graduated with B.S. in Aquatic Science from Burapha University, M.Sc. in Marine Science from Chulalongkorn University, and Ph.D. in Molecular Biology and Biotechnology from the University of Sheffield.  He successfully completed an International Advanced Training Course on Photosynthesis and Algal Biotechnology at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Israel. In 1993, he joined BIOTEC as a researcher before being appointed the Director of Integrative Aquaculture Biotechnology Research Group in 2019.
 
Dr. Powtongsook has over 30 years of experience in aquaculture technology and algal research. He is one of the founding members of the Algal and Plankton Association of Thailand and has served as a secretariat. He has developed recirculating aquaculture system (RAS) from the lab-scale to commercial prototype. He has published over 70 papers in national and international scientific, peer-reviewed journals and has presented more than 150 conference papers.
Dr. Powtongsook received an Innovation Ambassador Award from the National Innovation Agency. He received research grants from the Thailand Toray Science Foundation and the International Foundation for Science (IFS), Sweden.
 
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Dr. Kobkul Laoteng
Director of Functional Ingredients and Food Innovation Research Group
 
Dr. Kobkul Laoteng received her doctorate in Biotechnology from King Mongkut's University of Technology Thonburi (KMUTT) on a scholarship from the National Science and Technology Development Agency (NSTDA). She joined BIOTEC as a researcher in 2000 and was later appointed Director of the Functional Ingredients and Food Innovation Research Group in 2019.
 
Dr. Laoteng’s expertise lies in fermentation and bioprocessing technologies, and microbial lipid metabolism. She possesses over 20 patents, petty patents, and prototypes and publishes more than 50 papers in international, peer-reviewed journals. She was awarded the Taguchi Prize in 2000 and the UNESCO-L'Oreal Fellowship’s “For Women in Science” in 2008.
 
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Dr. Verawat Champreda
Director of Microbial Biotechnology and Biochemicals Research Unit
 
Verawat Champreda received the Ph.D. Scholarship from the Ministry of Science and Technology to pursue his degree in Biochemistry from Imperial College London, UK. Verawat started his research career at BIOTEC after his graduation in 2003 and was appointed the Head of Enzyme Technology Laboratory in 2010. His main research interest is on enzyme technology, metagenomics technology and biorefinery. He has published over 70 papers in international peer-reviewed journals.
 
Verawat joined a team of the researchers at NANOTEC and the Joint Graduate School of Energy, Environment (JGSEE) King Mongkut's University of Technology Thonburi and networks of leading local universities and international institutions to establish a focal point for multi-disciplinary biorefinery research called the Integrative Biorefinery Laboratory. This strategic laboratory focuses on development of platform technology on conversion of the underutilized agricultural biomass and sugars to valorized fuels and chemicals by bio- and chemo-catalytic processes and on translation of technology to industrial application.
 
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Dr. Chairat Uthaipibull
Director, Medical Molecular Biotechnology Research Group
 
Dr. Chairat Uthaipibull received the Monbusho Japanese Government Scholarship to study for his B.Pharm.Sci and M.Pharm.Sci. at Osaka University, Japan. Awarded a Thai Government scholarship for a Ph.D. training at the National Institute for Medical Research (NIMR) and University College London (UCL), United Kingdom, he started his work in the field of malaria vaccine and drug research. He was actively involved in the international collaborative networks, such as e-Asia, WHO/TDR South-South Initiatives for Tropical Disease Research, and WHO/TDR Transfection Network of which he has trained post-graduate students and postdoctoral scientists from disease endemic countries.
 
His current research interest focuses on the mechanism of drug resistance, novel drug target discovery through functional genomic approaches, and novel antimalarial drug development. He published over 30 articles in international academic medical journals, and won an award for his Medical Science thesis from the National Research Council of Thailand in 2004 and excellent research awards in the field of Medical Science from the same institute in 2016 and 2017.
He joined BIOTEC in 1996 as a researcher and became the Director of the Medical Molecular Biotechnology Research Group in 2019.
 
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Dr. Warinthorn Songkasiri
Director of Biochemical Engineering and Systems Biology Research Group
 
Dr. Songkasiri received the Royal Thai Government scholarship to pursue her Bachelor's until Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering and Environmental Engineering in the US. She graduated with Ph.D in Environmental Engineering from Northwestern University, USA. She joined BIOTEC to pursue her career as a researcher in environment and renewable energy areas in 2003. She was appointed a Director of Biochemical Engineering and Systems Biology Research Group in 2019.
 
Dr. Songkasiri’s expertise lies in starch engineering and process optimization, anaerobic wastewater treatment and biogas production technologies. She has published over 20 papers in national and international scientific, peer-reviewed journals and has presented over 60 conference papers. She also currently holds a position of Vice President for Research Strategy of King Mongkut's University of Technology Thonburi (KMUTT).
 
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Dr. Sithichoke Tangphatsornruang
Director of National Omics Center
 
Sithichoke obtained a bachelor’s degree in Biological Sciences from the University of Oxford in 2000 and a Ph.D. in Plant Molecular Biology from the University of Cambridge in 2004. He started his career as a researcher in BIOTEC Starch Biosynthesis Laboratory. In 2007, Dr. Sithichoke was appointed the Head of Genomic Research Laboratory. His main focus is on plant genetic research, specifically to improve current understanding of plant genetics by applying genomic techniques. He has actively involved in oil palm research in collaboration with scientists from partner institutes to develop markers associated with high yield, thin shell and high sex ratio. He also collaborates with the Rubber Research Institute of Thailand to develop molecular markers associated with drought tolerance and disease resistance.
 
Sithichoke currently joins a research team conducting a multidisciplinary study utilizing the state-of-the-art -omics technologies for sugarcane breeding. In addition to research in plant and agricultural science, Dr. Sithichoke applies his expertise to bioresources and biomedical studies as well. He was awarded 2012 Young Scientist by the Foundation for the Promotion of Science and Technology under the Patronage of His Majesty the King Bhumibol Adulyadej.
 
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Dr. Sissades Tongsima
Director of National Biobank of Thailand
 
Dr. Sissades Tongsima earned his doctorate in Computer Science and Computer Engineering from the University of Notre Dame, USA. He started his career as a researcher at NECTEC in 1999. He  later joined BIOTEC to pursue his research interest in bioinformatics. Since 2007, Dr. Tongsima had taken the responsibility as the Head of Biostatistics and Bioinformatics. In 2019 he was  appointed Director of the National Biobank of Thailand in 2019.
 
Dr. Tongsima has filed over 15 patents and petty patents, and published more than 80 research articles in international scientific, peer-reviewed journals. His dedication and works  in bioinformatic field have earned him several awards including the 2011 and 2012 Meritorious Service Award from the Asia Pacific Bioinformatics Network (APBioNet) and the 2016 TRF-OHEC-Scopus Researcher Awards from the Thailand Research Fund (TRF). Along with other 20 selected members, Dr. Tongsima was elected to serve on the Executive Committee of APBioNet, an organization dedicated to the advancement of bioinformatics with an Asia Pacific focus.