21 April 2017

Registration form for Ensembl Genome Browser Workshop [CLICK HERE].


1 February 2017

Congratulations to Miss Duangkamon Loesbanluechai for being awarded the Royal Golden Jubilee Ph.D. Scholarships.


11 January 2017

Thanat and members of our unit joined the TRF-OHEC Annual Congress 2017. (Photo credit: TRF)


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2 December 2016

Thanat Chookajorn has been awarded the 2017 TRF-OHEC-Scopus Researcher Award. He will receive the price from the Deputy Prime Minister in January 2017.


4 April 2016

Thanat Chookajorn has been awarded the prestigious Newton Advanced fellowship.


2 April 2016

Congratulations to Dr. Krittikorn Kumpornsin on being awarded a bursary to attend Wellcome Trust Advance Course on 'Practical Aspects of Small Molecule Drug Discovery' at the Wellcome Trust Genome Campus in Hinxton, UK.


January - March 2016

Three new papers from the Unit. See [Publications]


10 November 2015

Congratulations to Dr.Krittikorn Kumpornsin for receiving a travel grant to attend MAM 2016 !


3 September 2015

Congratulations Nancy Dawar on her graduation!


Basic Unix Course for Biomedical Researchers

Join us in a short course on basic unix operating system. The Unix operation system forms a basis for computer interface with several powerful bioinformatic tools in Molecular Biology and Genetics. This course offers lecture and hand-on session in basic biological data manipulation and application in biomedical research. TropMed staffs and students are welcomed. No prerequisites required.

Date : Wednesday, September 2nd, 2015. 13:00-16:00
Place : Computer room, 2nd floor, Chamlong Harinasuta Building
Instructors : Assist. Prof. Thanat Chookajorn and Dr. Patrath Ponsuwanna

Please submit the application before August 28, 2015.

For more details, please see the course syllabus [Here]
Download course application [Here]


15 July 2015
Congratulations to Dr. Patrath Ponsuwanna on being awarded a bursary to attend Wellcome Trust Advance Course on 'Working with Parasite Database Resources' at the Wellcome Trust Genome Campus in Hinxton, UK.


27 June 2015
Members of Thalassemia Journal Club organized CRISPR-Cas conference at Siriraj Hospital. Members of our unit joined the event. The Deputy Prime Minister of Thailand, His Excellency Professor Yongyuth Yuthavong, also attended the conference (Photo credit: Dr. Kittiphong Paiboonsukwong)

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24 June 2015
Welcome Namfon Kotanan and Suttikiat Changruenngam to the group!


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Who We Are

          The Genomics and Evolutionary Medicine Unit (GEM) works towards medical advancement in the fight against infectious diseases especially those affecting people living in poverty. Our strength is the use of genetic and pharmaceutical approaches to understand and manipulate the course of evolution. We are working closely with the multidisciplinary team with members varied from physicists to physicians. Our focus in recent years has been on the evolutionary mechanisms driving the gain of drug-resistant mutations in Thailand and neighboring countries. Our unit is committed to find novel therapeutic tools to thwart the spread of malaria drug resistance. By working with multinational partners, we have been developing lead compounds for malaria treatment and diagnostic methods for measuring resistance. Our members also participate in teaching activities especially on how to adopt functional genetic and genomic approaches in biomedical research.

          Last year, our team reported the mechanism that the malaria parasites in Southeast Asia employ to quickly gain drug-resistant mutations. It was the first mechanistic explanation of why the parasites in this region are prone to develop drug resistance. In 2014, members of our team received Stars in Global Health from Grand Challenges Canada, FOABMB travel award and Best Oral Communication for Scientist from the Southern World from 12th International Conference on Molecular Epidemiology and Evolutionary Genetics of Infectious Diseases (MEEGID).   

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