Dr. Chairat Uthaipibull is currently a senior researcher at the Protein-Ligand Engineering and Molecular Biology Laboratory, Medical Molecular Biology Research Unit, National Center for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology (BIOTEC). During 1989-1996, he received the Monbusho Japanese Government Scholarship to study for his B.Sc. and M.Sc. at the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Osaka University, Japan where has was trained in Immunology. He returned to Thailand and joined BIOTEC in May 1996 as a researcher in the laboratory of Professor Yongyuth Yuthavong before continuing his research journey by receiving the Royal Thai Government Scholarship in 1997 for Ph.D. training on malaria vaccine development at the world-famous Medical Research Council (MRC) National Institute for Medical Research in Mill Hill, London, United Kingdom. After awarding his Ph.D. in Immunology/Parasitology from the University College London, U.K. in 2001, he came back to BIOTEC and has been working in the field of drug discovery for malaria that continues until today. His current research interests focus on the mechanisms of drug resistance, development of transgenic models for drug screening and novel drug target discovery through functional genomic approaches. Dr. Chairat was actively involved in the international collaborative networks such as WHO/TDR South-South Initiatives for Tropical Disease Research (SSI) and WHO/TDR Transfection Network of which he has trained post-graduate student and postdoctoral scientist from disease endemic country such as Nigeria. As well as Thai students, he has trained a large numbers of international student trainees, university lecturers and research staffs from countries in Southeast Asia and the South Pacific. He also works on the outreach projects such as Science in Rural Schools (SiRS) project as part of the HRH Princess Sirindhorn Royal Initiative.

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