Four MU Staff Receive
Prof. M.R.Jisnuson Svasti Prof. Suthat Fucharoen
Four MU academics were recently
named Outstanding Scientist, Lecturer and Medical Technologist,
respectively. The Foundation for the Promotion of Science and
Technology jointly named Prof. M.R. Jisnuson Svasti (above
left), of the Department of Biochemistry at MU's Faculty
of Science and former Vice President for International Relations,
and Prof. Suthat Fucharoen (above right), former Director
of the Thalassemia Research Center at MU's Institute of Science
and Technology for Research and Development, as Outstanding Scientists
of Thailand for their studies into protein structure and blood
diseases. Prof. Jisnuson is also Head of MU's Center for Excellence
in Protein Structure and Function (see article, page 2).
He was honored for his research on protein structure and function,
including work on proteins in male reproduction, vitamin D binding
protein, and plant glycosidase enzymes. He has also studied abnormalities
of proteins in various diseases, including discovering ten abnormal
hemoglobins, not previously found in Thailand. In related research,
Prof. Suthat was recognized for his work on the genetic disease
thalassemia. He has discovered 35 types of mutation that cause
defects in the synthesis of hemoglobin, which can cause disease.
His studies using DNA examinations can detect the presence of
the mutated genes in the unborn, and thereby help to stop the
disease's spread. Prof. Suthat's work has been instrumental in
reducing the prevalence of thalassemia, which is carried by up
to 40% of the population and seriously affects approximately
10,000 people annually.
Dr. Wanpen Chaicumpa Dr. Virapong Prachayasittikul
The MU Faculty Senate recently
named Dr. Wanpen Chaicumpa (above left), a professor at
the Department of Microbiology and Immunology of MU's Faculty
of Tropical Medicine, an Outstanding National Lecturer in the
field of Medical Sciences. Dr. Wanpen has received many previous
honors for her scientific achievements. These include the National
Invention Award, Outstanding National Researcher Award, 3 Best
Research Awards and an Asia Innovation Award. She has written
many textbooks and published regularly in renowned international
research journals. In addition, a recent Resolution at the 26th
National Medical Technology Conference named Dr. Virapong Prachayasittikul
(above right), currently Dean of the MU Faculty of Medical
Technology, an Outstanding National Medical Technologist. Dr.
Virapong has dinstiguished himself as a devoted promoter of the
use of medical technology as part of Thailand's overall public
health strategy. He was responsible for establishing the Council
of Deans in Medical Technology, and the first Asia-Pacific Ph.D.
program in medical technology at MU, emphasizing the need to
remain current with emerging technological trends.