Effective on 1st October 2010, BIOTEC set up three new research units, all split off from BIOTEC Central Research Unit. The new units comprise of Food Biotechnology Research Unit (FBU), Agricultural Biotechnology Research Unit (AGU) and Medical Molecular Biology Research Unit (MMU), under the following leaderships:
Dr. Wonnop Visessanguan, Director of Food Biotechnology Research Unit (FBU)
Dr. Wonnop 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.
Dr. 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.
Dr. Sirawut Klinbunga, Director of Agricultural Biotechnology Research Unit (AGU)
Dr. Sirawut completed Ph.D. in Marine Biotechnology from the University of Stirling, UK before joining BIOTEC in 1996. His research interest is in the area of molecular markers for genetic improvement of economically important aquatic species. He has published over 80 international publications and he is also a member of editorial board of international journals such as Developmental and Comparative Immunology and Advances in Molecular Medicine, including the reviewer of more than 20 international journals.
In 2000 and 2003, Dr. Sirawut received Young Scientist Award and Outstanding Technologist Award from the Foundation for the Promotion of Science and Technology under the Patronage of His Majesty the King. In 2001, his paper entitled “Development of DNA markers and studies in the black tiger shrimp Penaeus monodon” awarded The National Research Council Prize from National Research Council of Thailand. In addition, he was a recipient of Taguchi Prize for Outstanding Researcher in 2004 from the Foundation for the Promotion of Biotechnology in Thailand. He was selected as a recipient of the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) fellowship in 2000, 2001, 2003 and 2005. Currently he serves a member of The Fisheries Society of British Isles (FSBI) and Thai Academy of Science and Technology (TAST).
Dr. Sumalee Kamchonwongpaisan, Director of Medical Molecular Biology Research Unit (MMU)
Dr. Sumalee received her Ph.D. in biochemistry for work in antimalarial drug action and development in 1994 from Mahidol University and completed her post-doctoral fellowship from University of Michigan, USA in 1996. Her research interests focus on antimalarial drug development, drug-parasite-host interaction, mechanisms of antimalarial drug action or resistance, biochemistry and functional genomics of malaria. She has published over 40 papers and holds three international patents.
In year 2003, Dr. Sumalee received Taguchi Prize for Outstanding Research Achievements by a Young Scientist in the Field of Biotechnology. She is also funded in part by the World Health Organization. In year 2005, she became the first Thai scientist to be awarded the prestigious title of International Research Scholar in Infectious Diseases and Parasitology from Howard Huges Medical Institute (HHMI).
With this new addition, BIOTEC will have five research units based at Thailand Science Park (the existing two units are Genome Institute and Bioresources Technology Unit), and ten specialized labs based at various universities. Full list of BIOTEC research units and specialized labs can be found on this webpage.
Posted on 1 October 2010.