Molecular and Systems Biology of Malaria Research Group :

For decades, our department has committed our research power on public health threats against the people of Thailand and around the world. As a basic science department in an endemic country, our faculty members have significantly contributed to current understanding at the molecular level of diseases such as malaria and Thalassemia. Our research group aims to use the power of biochemistry to find effective new drugs against the malarial parasite and to understand drug resistance mechanisms of the disease. New technologies such as small RNA technology, affinity selection, and cell-free systems are applied to study malaria gene regulation and pathogenesis which may lead to development of new drugs in the future. Our research interests on malaria are also extended to a red blood cell disorders disease such as Thalassemia. A lot of Thai people have Thalassemic traits because they prevent malaria infection or reduce disease severity.