<h2>Department of Biology</h2>
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<p style="text-indent: 30px;">Our Department is responsible for producing versatile graduates in Biotechnology and Industrial Microbiology. We also conducts M.Sc. and Ph.D. programs in biotechnology with emphasis on the exploitation of microorganisms in industry and agriculture. Various products and wastes from industry and agriculture can be turned into high value products by microbiological processes. Biotechnology has been defined as the integrated use of microbiology, biology, chemistry, engineering, mathematics and economics resulting in industrial application of biological organisms. It is being used in such diverse fields as agriculture, medicine, energy generation and environmental protection.<br /> Graduates will be skilled in both theory and practice. There is a continual demand for biotechnologists and microbiologists in different organizations such as research institutes, government and other public sector organizations.</p>
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<p><strong>Academic Programs</strong></p>
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<li>Undergraduate programs</li>
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<p style="padding-left: 30px;">Bachelor of Science (Biotechnology)    <br />Bachelor of Science (Industrial Microbiology)</p>
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<p style="padding-left: 30px;">Master of Science (Biotechnology)<br />Doctor of Philosophy (Biotechnology)</p>
<p><strong>Undergraduate program in Biotechnology</strong><br />The program focuses on training enrolled students to become scientists in multidisciplinary biotechnology including genetic engineering, fermentation technology and cell cultures.</p>
<p><strong>Undergraduate program in Industrial Microbiology</strong><br />The program offers enrolled students basic and applied microbiology knowledge for industrial application relating to agriculture, medicine and environment.</p>
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<p><strong>Prospective careers</strong></p>
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<li>Research associates specializing in biotechnology/microbiology in governmental research institutes or private organizations</li>
<li>Supervisor for program-related industrial plants/factories</li>
<li>Enrolling in graduate study </li>
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<p><strong>Research areas</strong><br /><strong>Alternative energy</strong></p>
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<li>Production of hydrogen from photosynthetic cyanobacteria and green algae</li>
<li>Production of ethanol and butanol from agriculture residues</li>
<li>Production of biodiesel from jathopha seeds</li>
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<p><br /><strong>Biocontrol of plant pest and insect pest</strong></p>
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<li>Study of antioxidants and bioactive compounds from plants, bacteria, fungi and algae</li>
<li>Biocontrol of fungal growth and afatoxin production by microorganisms and medicinal herbs</li>
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<p><br /><strong>Environment</strong></p>
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<li>Waste water treatment by phyto-remediation</li>
<li>Biosorption of heavy metals by microorganisms</li>
<li>Cellulose production from agriculture residues</li>
<li>Production of biogas from cassava pulp </li>
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<p><br /><strong>Food biotechnology</strong></p>
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<li> Extraction of prebiotic oligosaccharides from dragon fruits</li>
<li>Production of artificial shark fin</li>
<li> Production of astaxanthin from Haematococcus sp. algae </li>
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<p><br /><strong>Molecular biotechnology</strong></p>
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<li>Study of plant and fungal genetic diversity Cytotoxicity and genotoxicity study of medicinal herb and fungal extracts</li>
<li> Utilization of molecular genetics for classification of plant cultivars</li>
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<p><strong><br />Academic staff</strong></p>
<p><strong>Assoc. Prof. Duangjai Ochaikul</strong><strong>, Head of the Department</strong><br />M.Sc. (Biotechnology), Prince Songkhla University, Thailand<br />E-mail: JLIB_HTML_CLOAKING </p>
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<p><strong>Assoc.Prof.Dr.Nuanphan Na Ranong</strong><br />Ph.D.(Biotechnology), Kasetsart University, Thailand<strong><br /></strong>E-mail: JLIB_HTML_CLOAKING <strong><br /></strong></p>
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<p><strong>Assoc.Prof.Dr.Dusanee Thanaboripat<br /></strong>Ph.D.(Applied Microbiology), University of Strathclyde, U.K. <strong> </strong><br />E-mail: JLIB_HTML_CLOAKING <strong><br /></strong></p>
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<p><strong>Assoc. Prof. Sukjai Choochan<br /></strong>M.Sc. (Microbiology), Kasetsart University, Thailand</p>
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<p><br /><br /><strong>Assoc. Prof. Aree Rittiboon</strong><br />M.Sc. (Biotechnology), Prince Songkhla University, Thailand<br /><img src="/images/sampledata/parks/4.jpg" _mce_src="/images/sampledata/parks/4.jpg" border="0" align="left" style="float: left; margin-left: 10px; margin-right: 10px;" _mce_style="float: left; margin-left: 10px; margin-right: 10px;" /></p>
<p>Research Interests<br />- Biodiesel production by biological method from palm oil, jathopha oil and waste cooking oil<br />- Bromelain extraction from pineapple stem for tenderizing meat powder for phamacy and medication powder<br />- Biodiesel production by biological method from waste cooking oil by household or small community</p>
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<p><strong>Assoc.Prof.Dr. Suree Nanasombat </strong><br />Ph.D. (Food Science), University of Georgia, U.S.A.<br />E-mail: JLIB_HTML_CLOAKING <br /><img src="/images/sampledata/parks/5.jpg" _mce_src="/images/sampledata/parks/5.jpg" border="0" align="left" /><br />Research Interests<br />- Production of bacteriocins from lactic acid bacteria for use as food  biopreservatives <br />- Application of Thai medicinal plant extract  to extend shelf-life of perishable food</p>
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<p><strong><br /><br />Asst.Prof.Dr.Ounruan Petcharawan</strong><br />Ph.D. (Biology), Mahidol University, Thailand<br />E-mail: JLIB_HTML_CLOAKING , JLIB_HTML_CLOAKING <br /><br /><img src="/images/sampledata/parks/pic6.jpg" _mce_src="/images/sampledata/parks/pic6.jpg" border="0" align="left" />Research Interests<br />- Cytotoxicity Test on animal cells (normal cells, cancer cells, insect cells)<br />- Production of  insect virus using insect cell line<br />- Antioxidant, Antibacterial and Anticancer Activities  of Crude Extracts from Some Mushrooms</p>
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<p><strong>Asst. Prof. Dr. Anurug Poeaim</strong><br />E-mail: JLIB_HTML_CLOAKING <br /><img src="/images/sampledata/parks/pic7.jpg" _mce_src="/images/sampledata/parks/pic7.jpg" border="0" align="left" /><br />Research interests<br />- Plant Breeding: Induced Mutation Technology for Crop Improvement<br />- Gene Transformation by Agrobacterium and Particle Gun<br />- Genetic Diversity of Plant by Molecular Genetics</p>
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<p><strong>Asst.Prof.Dr. Somchai Krairak</strong><br />D.Eng. (Biotechnology) Osaka University, Japan<br />E-mail: JLIB_HTML_CLOAKING <br /><img src="/images/sampledata/parks/pic8.jpg" _mce_src="/images/sampledata/parks/pic8.jpg" border="0" align="left" /><br />Research Interests<br />- Batch, fed-batch and continuous cultivations<br />- Computer application in fermentation <br />- The H2 production by photosynthetic bacteria<br />- Bioactive properties of chitinoligomers<br />- Secondary metabolites from Monascus sp.<br />- Microbial fuel cell</p>
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<p><strong>Asst. Prof. Dr. Saranya Phunpruch</strong><br />Dr.rer.nat.(Biology/Botany), Phillipps-University Marburg, Germany<br />E-mail: JLIB_HTML_CLOAKING <br /><img src="/images/sampledata/parks/pic9.jpg" _mce_src="/images/sampledata/parks/pic9.jpg" border="0" align="left" /><br /><br />Research Interests<br />- Biotechnology of Algae and Bacteria<br />- Biochemistry and Molecular Genetic<br />- Hydrogen production as an alternative new energy sources by cyanobacteria and green algae<br />- Drug resistance mechanisms of Mycobacterium tuberculosis</p>
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<p><strong>Asst. Prof. Dr. Supattar Poeaim</strong> <br />Ph.D. (Genetics), Kasetsart University, Thailand<br />E-mail: JLIB_HTML_CLOAKING , JLIB_HTML_CLOAKING <br /><img src="/images/sampledata/parks/10.jpg" _mce_src="/images/sampledata/parks/10.jpg" border="0" align="left" /><br />Research Interests<br />- Cytotoxicity and Genotoxicity assays of some Thai herbs and environmental mutagen (human blood lymphocyte short term culture and cell lines<br />- Diversity of some fungi and plant (Metarhizium sp., Beauveria sp., Jatropha sp., Vanilla sp., Ficus sp.</p>
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<p><strong><br />Asst. Prof. Dr. Marisa Jatupornpipat</strong> <br />Ph.D. (Biotechnology), Kasetsart University, Thailand<br />E-mail: JLIB_HTML_CLOAKING <br /><br /><img src="/images/sampledata/parks/pics11.jpg" _mce_src="/images/sampledata/parks/pics11.jpg" border="0" align="left" /><br />Research Interests<br />- Environmental Microbiology and Biotechnology<br />- Food Biotechnology<br />- Utilization of Agro-Industrial Waste<br />- Business Plan Writing</p>
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<p><strong>Asst. Prof. Dr.Chitti Thawai<br /></strong>Ph.D. (Pharmaceutical Chemistry and Natural Product), Chulalongkorn University, Thailand<br /><img src="/images/sampledata/parks/12.jpg" _mce_src="/images/sampledata/parks/12.jpg" border="0" align="left" /><br />Research Interest<br />- Taxonomy and secondary metabolites from actinomycetes</p>
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<p><strong>Asst. Prof. Dr. Pana Lohasupthawee</strong><br />Ph.D. (Plant Biotechnoloy), King's College London, University of London, U.K.</p>
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<p><strong>Asst. Prof. Linchong Suklampoo</strong><br />Email: JLIB_HTML_CLOAKING , JLIB_HTML_CLOAKING <br /><img src="/images/sampledata/parks/13.jpg" _mce_src="/images/sampledata/parks/13.jpg" border="0" align="left" /><br />Research Interests<br />- Functional foods<br />- Food and Beverage Product Development<br />- Fruit and Vegetable Processing</p>
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<p><br /><strong>Asst. Prof. Mongkol Phensaijai</strong><br /><img src="/images/sampledata/parks/pic14.jpg" _mce_src="/images/sampledata/parks/pic14.jpg" border="0" align="left" /><br />Research Interests<br />- Antioxidant activity of wild mushrooms<br />- Heavy metal biosorption by microbes</p>
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<p><strong>Dr.Vorapat Sanguanchaipaiwong</strong><br />Ph.D. (Biotechnology), University of New South Wales, Australia<br /><img src="/images/sampledata/parks/15.jpg" _mce_src="/images/sampledata/parks/15.jpg" border="0" align="left" /><br />Research interests<br />- Production of Butanol and 1,3-Propanediol from Clostridium with Glycerol or Agricultural By-product<br />- Microbial Production of Bioplastics, Polyhydroxyalkanoates</p>
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<p><strong>Dr.Suttijit Sriwatcharakul</strong><br />Ph.D. (Biotechnology), Chulalongkorn University, Thailand<br /><img src="/images/sampledata/parks/pic16.jpg" _mce_src="/images/sampledata/parks/pic16.jpg" border="0" align="left" /><br />Research Interest<br />Plant natural products and their bioactive compounds properties, such as, cytotoxicity, antioxidation and antimicrobe.</p>
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<p><strong>Dr.Chokchai Kittiwongwattana</strong><br />Ph.D. (Plant Biology) Rutgers University, U.S.A<br /><img src="/images/sampledata/parks/17.jpg" _mce_src="/images/sampledata/parks/17.jpg" border="0" align="left" /><br />Research Interests<br />- Utilization of Lemnaceae species in phytoremediation and biomanufacturing<br />- Endophytic bacteria diversity in the Lemnaceae</p>
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