Dr. Wonnop VisessanguanExecutive Director
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.
Dr. Kuakoon Piyachomkwan
Deputy Executive Director, Research and Development Bioscience and Biotechnology for Industry
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.
Dr. Theerayut Toojinda
Acting Deputy Executive Director, Research and Development Bioscience and Biotechnology for Agriculture and 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).
Dr. Nataporn Chanvarasuth
Deputy Executive Director, Research and Development Support
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.
Ms. Juthamas Udomsorayuth
Vice President of NSTDA and Acting Deputy Executive Director, Organization Management of BIOTEC
Ms. Juthamas Udomsorayuth holds a master’s degree in Chemistry from University of Aberdeen, Scotland. She has joined National Science and Technology Development Agency (NSTDA) since 1999. In 2016, she was promoted to Vice President of NSTDA to lead the Organization Management Section managing human resources and internal administration. With the outstanding performance, Ms. Udomsorayuth has recently been appointed as BIOTEC’ Acting Deputy Executive Director in 2019 where she is responsible for strategic planning, budgeting, and evaluation to improve productivity in the workplace.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
Dr. Wanilada Rungrassamee
Director of Biosensing and Bioprospecting Technology Research Group
Dr. Wanilada Rungrassamee completed her doctoral degree in Microbiology from University of Massachusetts Amherst, Massachusetts, USA. In 2008, she joined BIOTEC as a researcher and currently holds a position as Director of Biosensing and Bioprospecting Technology Research Group.
Her area of expertise includes molecular microbiology, gene expression analysis and bacterial detection assays. She has been interested in characterization of gut microbiota and their interactions to the animal host, along with development of DNA-based assays for multiplex gene expression analysis as a useful molecular tool for animal health evaluation. Her current research includes examining roles of gut microbiota and their correlation to shrimp health. She has published over 20 publications in international, peer-reviewed journals, and filed over 10 IPs.