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Dr. Janjira Thaipadungpanit is a lecturer in the Department of Clinical Tropical Medicine. She graduated with a B.Sc. in Biotechnology from King Mongkut’s Institute of Technology Ladkrabang and an MSc in Molecular Genetics and Genetic Engineering from Mahidol University. She received her PhD in Life and Biomolecular Sciences from The Open University, Milton Keynes, United Kingdom. She is involved in the department and teaching at the Bangkok School of Tropical Medicine.



Dr Janjira is an expert in molecular epidemiology and diagnosis of infectious diseases. She has developed the multi-locus sequence typing (MLST) scheme #1 of pathogenic Leptospira species. Currently, the MLST database (https://pubmlst.org/leptospira/) is curated by herself. She studies the etiology of community acquired sepsis and acute fever patients in Thailand and Southeast Asia using qPCR. She also studies epidemiology of tropical infectious disease including leptospirosis and melioidosis in Thailand. Her new project focuses on developing and evaluating a rapid molecular tool to identify drug-resistant TB using next generation sequencing in provincial and rural hospitals in Thailand.

Ongoing Research Project(s)

Research Name Funding Source
• โครงการพัฒนาและประเมินการวินิจฉัยวัณโรคและวัณโรคดื้อยา ทุนงบประมาณแผ่นดิน
• Tracking transmission of Enterovirus causing hand, food and mouth disease between index cases and their close contacts in kindergarten schools using the viral next-generation sequencing data ทุนสนับสนุนนักวิจัยเฉพาะสาขา Specific League Funds (ทุนมหาวิทยาลัย)


2008 Ph.D. (Life and Biomolecular Sciences) The Open University, Milton Keynes, UK
2003 M.Sc. (Molecular Genetics and Genetic Engineering) Mahidol University, Nakhon Pathom, Thailand
1999 B.Sc. (Biotechnology) King Mongkut’s Institute of Technology Ladkrabang, Thailand

Research of Expertise

  • Molecular diagnosis in infectious diseases
  • Molecular epidemiology of infectious diseases

Diseases Covered/Research Area

  • Staphylococcus infection
  • Leptospirosis
  • Melioidosis

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