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Department of Microbiology, Faculty of Science,Mahidol University, Bangkok, THAILAND Facts & Figures
Department & Staff
1. Rank #1 among Microbiology Departments in Thailand.
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History The Department of Microbiology in the Faculty of Science was established in 1964 with the kind assistance from the Rockefeller Foundation and the Thai Government Development Program. Under the strong leadership and vision of the first three chairmen [Professor W.D. Sawyer (1967-1973), Professor Pornchai Matangkasombut (1973-1987), and Professor Stitaya Sirisinha (1987-1991)], the Department has become the leader in Microbiology ever since. At present, the Department has 20 academic staff members with Ph.D.'s and/ or M.D.'s and 8 supporting staff members (1 with Ph.D., 4 with M.Sc.'s, and 3 office workers). Administration is coordinated by the Department Chairman, who is currently elected for a four year term The Department occupies nearly 2,000 m2 of space, about 1/4 of which is used for a seminar room, a meeting room, academic staff offices, secretarial offices and a graduate student room. The remainder is allocated to laboratory work including 10 Biosafety Level 2-containment laboratories, a fluorescent microscope room, a radioisotope room, a Biosafety Level 3 containment laboratory, a cold room housing a number of -80 ?C deep freezers and large refrigerators and a kitchen equipped with autoclaves, hot air ovens , a washing machine, and a cleaning and washing area. In terms of finance, the Department receives a regular annual budget from the Ministry of Education. Staff members have also been highly successful in obtaining competitive research grants, not only from Thai financial sources, but also funding agencies from overseas. Local funding agencies include the National Center for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology, the National Research Council of Thailand, the Government Pharmaceutical Organization of Thailand, the Thailand Research Fund and several private companies. External funding agencies include the World Health Organization, the Rockefeller Foundation, the Ford Foundation, the National Institutes of Health (USA), BOSTID, the International Development Research Centre (Canada), the Canadian International Development Agency, Wellcome Trust (UK), DFG (FRG), the International Foundation for Science (Sweden) and European Union (EU). In general, the annual grant budget amounts to a total of 10-15 millions Baht. The Department teaches both at the undergraduate and post-graduate levels. Although we have no undergraduate program of our own, we have helped teaching General and Medical Microbiology to undergraduate science students, paramedical students, and medical students at the preclinic level. The Department has been responsible for two international graduate programs, M.Sc. and Ph.D. programs in Microbiology. The post-graduate programs are taught in English. They are both recognized as Thailand’s strongest M.Sc. and Ph.D. programs in Microbiology. The M.Sc. program involves one year of coursework and approximately one year of laboratory research. The Ph.D. program involves more coursework, a qualifying examination, and a more substantial dissertation based on innovative research. Up to the end of 2009, the Department had granted 325 M.Sc. degrees and 80 Ph.D. degrees, not only to Thai students but also to students from the ASEAN, South Asia, Middle East, Africa and Pacific region. Majority of these graduates hold positions in various government teaching and research institutes in Thailand or in their home countries and some are in multinational companies. In addition to the graduate programs, the Department provides postdoctoral and short-term exchange student trainings to certain countries like Iraq, Vietnam and the USA. We also regularly host international training courses and workshops once or twice a year. Apart from formal teaching courses, the Departments place a strong emphasis on research, not only as part of the graduate and post-graduate training programs, but also as a contribution to international scientific advancement and to national development. In addition, a number of our staffs also serve as editors or members of the editorial boards for journals published by Thai Professional Societies, some also serve as reviewers for regional and international journals. The staff members of the Department are presently engaged in a number of research areas including: 1. Immunology and pathogenesis of malaria, Penicillium marneffei and Burkholderia pseudomallei 2. Immunology and pathogenesis of dengue virus infection 3. Molecular epidemiology and molecular studies of H5N1 and HIV 4. Molecular biology of foodborne pathogens: Listeria monocytogenes and Salmonella 5. Molecular epidemiology and system biology of drug resistant Mycobacterium tuberculosis 6. Molecular techniques for rapid diagnosis of tuberculosis and pneumocystis pneumonia (PCP) and malaria 7. Mosquito vectors of filarial parasites causing both human and animal filariasis 8. Zoonotic disease from Erlichia sp. 9. Ecological studies of hornbills in Thailand 10. Microbial enzymes useful for animal feed and antibiotic industries. 11. Bioactive metabolites from endophytic fungi and medicinal plants with anti-HIV, anti-parasitic and anti-fungal activities
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