Curriculum Vitae

DR. KITTISAK YOKTHONGWATTANA
Department of Biochemistry and Center for Excellence in Protein Structure and Function
Faculty of Science, Mahidol University, 272 Rama 6 Rd. Bangkok 10400 Thailand
Phone: +66-2201-5462 ? Fax: +66-2354-7174 ? Email: tekyw@mahidol.ac.th
Web Site: http://sites.google.com/site/kittisakyokthongwattana/
 
EDUCATION:
2003
Ph.D. in Agricultural & Environmental Chemistry University of California at Berkeley, Berkeley, CA, USA
1996
B.S. in Biology (Cum Laude) Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY, USA
   
Professional Career:
Academic titles
 
2010 - Present
Assistant Professor, Department of Biochemistry, Faculty of Science, Mahidol University, Thailand
2003 - 2010
Lecturer, Department of Biochemistry, Faculty of Science, Mahidol University, Thailand
Administrative jobs
 
2012 – Present
Deputy Chairperson, Department of Biochemistry, Faculty of Science, Mahidol University, Thailand
Thailand scientific
community services
 
2012 – Present
Executive Committee of the Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Section, Science Society of Thailand
2011 – Present
Secretary of the Protein Society of Thailand
2010 – 2011
Secretary of the Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Section, Science Society of Thailand
2010 – 2011
Interim Secretary of the Protein Society of Thailand
2008 – 2009
Executive Committee of the Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Section, Science Society of Thailand
Invited peer reviewer for international journals
 
  • Bioresource Technology
  • Journal of Applied Phycology
  • Journal of Phycology
  • Molecular Biology Reports
  • Plant & Cell Physiology
  • Planta
  • Proteome Science
  • ScienceAsia
Invited peer reviewer for Thai journals
 
  • KU Science Journal
  • Thai Journal of Genetics
Honor, Award and Scholarship:
1993-2002 Scholarship from the Development and Promotion of Science and Technology Talents Project
1992 Thailand National Outstanding Youth Award
1992 Bronze Medal from the 3rd International Biology Olympiad, Poprad, Slovakia
Teaching Responsibilities:
Graduate courses  
 
  • SCBC 610 :Distinct metabolic pathways in plants
  • SCBC 612 :Green algae genetics
  • SCID 502 :Plant signaling, plant-microbe interaction
  • SCID 506 :Bioenergetics, oxidative phosphorylation, photosynthetic reactions
  • SCID 509 :HPLC, FPLC
Undergraduate courses  
 
  • SCBC 205 :Laws of thermodynamics, chemical equilibrium, redox reactions
  • SCBT 401 :Proteomics
  • SCID 141 :Biomolecules, enzyme kinetics and functions
RESEARCH INTERESTS:
 
  • Algal biotechnology
  • Biochemistry of stress responses in plants
  • Chloroplast functions
  • Photosystem II damage and repair cycle mechanism
  • Plant proteomics
  • Plant stress responses
  • Starch biosynthesis in cassava
PUBLICATIONS: (* corresponding authors, # equal contribution)
  International Research Publications
 

1. Yokthongwattana C, Mahong B, Roytrakul S, Phaonaklop N, Narangajavana J, Yokthongwattana K* (2012) Proteomic analysis of salinity-stressed Chlamydomonas reinhardtii revealed differential suppression and induction of a large number of important housekeeping proteins. Planta 235(3): 649–659. (IF 2010 = 3.098) DOI 10.1007/s00425-012-1594-1

2. Mahong B, Roytrakul S, Phaonaklop N, Wongratana J, Yokthongwattana K* (2012) Proteomic analysis of a model unicellular green alga, Chlamydomonas reinhardtii, during short-term exposure to irradiance stress reveals significant down regulation of several heat-shock proteins. Planta 235(3): 499–511. (IF 2010 = 3.098) DOI 10.1007/s00425-011-1521-x

3. Mitprasat M, Roytrakul S, Jiemsup S, Boonseng O, Yokthongwattana K* (2011) Leaf proteomic analysis in cassava (Manihot esculenta, Crantz) during plant development, from planting of stem cutting to storage root formation. Planta 233(6): 1209–1221. (IF 2010 = 3.098) DOI 10.1007/s00425-011-1373-4

4. Yokthongwattana K*, Sriariyanun M, Ekaratcharoenchai P, Svasti J (2010) Characterization of fatty acids and proteins associated with the xanthophyll-enriched membrane fraction isolated from the thylakoid membranes of irradiance-stressed Dunaliella salina. Journal of Applied Phycology 22(2): 147–155. (IF 2010 = 1.792) DOI 10.1007/s10811-009-9434-9

5. Thaipratum R, Melis A, Svasti J, Yokthongwattana K* (2009) Analysis of non-photochemical energy dissipating processes in wild type Dunaliella salina (green algae) and in zea1, a mutant constitutively accumulating zeaxanthin. Journal of Plant Research 122(4): 465–476. (IF 2010 = 1.512) DOI 10.1007/s10265-009-0229-5

6. Yokthongwattana K, Savchenko T, Polle JEW, Melis A* (2005) Isolation and characterization of a xanthophyll-rich fraction from the thylakoid membrane of Dunaliella salina (green algae). Photochemical & Photobiological Sciences 4(12): 1028–1034. (IF 2010 = 2.378) DOI 10.1039/b504814a

7. Chen H-C, Yokthongwattana K, Newton AJ, Melis A* (2003) SulP, a nuclear gene encoding a putative chloroplast-targeted sulfate permease in Chlamydomonas reinhardtii. Planta 218(1): 98–106. (IF 2010 = 3.098) DOI 10.1007/s00425-003-1076-6

8. Jin E#, Yokthongwattana K#, Polle JEW, Melis A* (2003) Role of the reversible xanthophyll cycle in the photosystem-II damage and repair cycle in Dunaliella salina (green alga). Plant Physiology 132(1): 352–364. (IF 2010 = 6.451) DOI 10.1104/pp.102.019620

9. Yokthongwattana K, Chrost B, Behrman S, Casper-Lindley C, Melis A* (2001) Photosystem II damage and repair cycle in the green alga Dunaliella salina: involvement of a chloroplast-localized HSP70. Plant and Cell Physiology 42(12): 1389–1397. (IF 2010 = 4.257) DOI 10.1093/pcp/pce179

   
  International book chapters / review articles
 

1. Yokthongwattana K*, Jin E, Melis A (2009) Chloroplast acclimation, photodamage and repair reactions of photosystem-II in the model green alga Dunaliella salina. In: Ben-Amotz A, Polle JEW, Rao DVS (eds) The alga Dunaliella: biodiversity, physiology, genomics and biotechnology. Science Publishers, New Hampshire, USA, pp. 273–299. ISBN 978-1-57808-545-3.

2. Yokthongwattana K, Melis A* (2006) Photoinhibition and recovery in oxygenic photosynthesis: mechanism of a photosystem-II damage and repair cycle. In: Demmig-Adams B, Adams III WW, Mattoo AK (eds) Photoprotection, photoinhibition, gene regulation and environment. Advances in Photosynthesis Series, Springer, Dordrecht, The Netherlands, pp. 175–191. ISBN 1-4020-3564-0.

   
National conference proceedings
 

1. Yokthongwattana K, Juntadech T (2009) Production of insecticidal protein in chloroplast of a unicellular green alga Chlamydomonas reinhardtii. Proceedings of the Conference on Bacterial Protein Toxins: From Basic Research to Applications, Institute of Molecular Bioscience, Mahidol University, Nakhon Pathom, Thailand, March 23, 2009, pp 14–19.

2. Mahong B, Roytrakul S, Phaonaklop N, Yokthongwattana K (2009) Proteomic analysis of Chlamydomonas reinhardtii in response to high-light stress. Proceedings of the 2nd Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Conference, Khon Kaen University, Khon Kaen, Thailand, May 7–8, 2009, pp 10–14.

   
Scientific Society Memberships:
 
  • Botanical Society of Japan
  • Protein Society of Thailand
  • Science Society of Thailand
Research Grants :
As principal investigator  
2010 - 2013 Investigating the roles of molecular chaperones in irradiance-stress responses of plants. (In part by: Thailand Research Fund / Office of the Higher Education Commission / Mahidol University)
2009 - 2012 Protection and repair of photosystem II from photooxidative damage. (Mahidol University)
2006 - 2009 Studies of the photosystem II damage and repair cycle mechanism in plants. (Mahidol University)
2004 - 2007 Proteomic analysis of leaf proteins during cassava development, from planting to tuberization. (BIOTEC)
2004 - 2006 Characterization of the zeaxanthin-enriched membranes in green algae. (In part by: Thailand Research Fund and Office of the Higher Education Commission)
As co-researcher  
2010 - 2011 Biodiesel production from microalgae (phase 2). (PTT)
2006 - 2009 Molecular biophysics and structural biochemistry of bacterial mosquito-larvicidal proteins. (Office of the Higher Education Commission)
Students under Supervision:
Doctoral degree
 
2009 - present
Somchoke Traewachiwiphak
Investigating the roles of molecular chaperones in abiotic stress response of a model unicellular green alga Chlamydomonas reinhardtii.
2007 - 2012
Janewit Wongratana
Analysis of photosynthetic performance in the recombinant Chlamydomonas reinhardtii with His-tagged PsbA.
2005 - 2011
Mashamon Mitprasart
Probing source-sink relation in cassava (Manihot esculenta, Crantz): proteomic and molecular studies.
2005 - 2010
Phichaya Khamai
Photosystem II damage and repair in Chlamydomonas reinhardtii; role of Rep27.
2005 - 2010
Rutanachai Thaipratum
Analysis of non-photochemical quenching in Dunaliella salina (green alga).
Master's degree
 
2012 - present
Parthompong Vesurai
Transformation of chloroplast and nuclear genomes of a unicellular green alga Dunaliella salina.
2010 - present
Khanut Promdee
Phenotypic characterization of Chlamydomonas light-sensitive insertional mutants.
2010 - present
Pobprapat Sirakriangkrai
Heterologous expression of a carotenoid biosynthesis-related protein (Cbr) in Chlamydomonas reinhardtii.
2007 - 2009
Bancha Mahong
Proteomic analysis of a unicellular green alga, Chlamydomonas reinhardtii, in response to high-light stress.
Undergraduate students
 
2010 - 2011
Putarapong Polasane
Probing D1 phosphorylation in unicellular green alga Chlamydomonas reinhardtii.
2008 - 2009
Somchoke Traewachiwiphak
Characterization of Chlamydomonas reinhardtii with over-expression and down-regulation of ELIPs transcript.
2006 - 2007
Sasikan Borphol
Morphological and molecular characterization of halophilic algae isolated from salt farm.
2005 - 2006
Kunchnok Petchsiri
Proteome analysis of the responses of the green algae Dunaliella salina to high light stress.
2005 - 2006
Panuwat Takolkijsakul
Suppressive effect of violaxanthin to zeaxanthin conversion by dithiothreitol (DTT) in a unicellular green alga, Dunaliella salina.
Invited Seminars/Oral Presentations:
 

1. Proteomic research in Thailand. The Proteomics & Metabolomics Seminar Asia Tour 2012, Rama Garden Hotel, March 27, 2012.

2. Cassava proteomics: from developmental aspects paving the way toward study of plant disease. Prof. Visith Thongboonkerd’s TRF Senior Scholar Symposium, Convention Center, Chulabhorn Research Institute, Bangkok, Thailand, August 30, 2011.

3. Probing excessive energy dissipation processes in an extremophile alga Dunaliella salina by chlorophyll fluorescence technique. BC Faculty Seminar, Department of Biochemistry, Faculty of Science, Mahidol University, Thailand, April 27, 2011.

4. Profiling of differential protein expression pattern during physiological changes in higher plants and green algae using 2-dimensional gel electrophoresis. Special Proteomic Seminar organized by Bio-Rad Laboratories, Bangkok, Thailand, September 27, 2010.

5. Proteomic strategies as initiative tools in plant research. BC Faculty Seminar, Department of Biochemistry, Faculty of Science, Mahidol University, Thailand, January 20, 2010.

6. Production of insecticidal protein in chloroplast of a unicellular green alga Chlamydomonas reinhardtii. Conference on Bacterial Protein Toxins: From Basic Research to Applications, Institute of Molecular Bioscience, Mahidol University, Nakhon Pathom, Thailand, March 23, 2009.

7. Chlamydomonas as a molecular genetic tool. Seminar at the Department of Genetics, Faculty of Science, Kasetsart University, Thailand, November 18, 2008.

8. Nonphotochemical energy dissipation in Dunaliella salina wild type and a mutant constitutively accumulating zeaxanthin. TRF Young Researchers Meet Senior Research Scholars, Regent Cha-Am Hotel, Petchaburi, Thailand, October 13, 2006.

9. Photoinhibition and repair, a unique phenomenon in plant science. Seminar at the Department of Biotechnology, Faculty of Science, Mahidol University, Thailand, September 1, 2006.

10. How to design a science project. Science Fair at Burapha University, Chonburi, Thailand, August 17, 2006.

11. Future direction of photosynthesis research. Workshop on Photosynthesis, Department of Biochemistry, Faculty of Science, Kasetsart University, Thailand, May 9, 2006.

12. Proteomic analysis of a zeaxanthin-enriched membrane isolated from Dunaliella salina. The 2nd Protein Research Network Symposium, Convention Center, Chulabhorn Research Institute, Bangkok Thailand, September 22-23, 2005.

13. Biological hydrogen production by green algae. Seminar at the Department of Biochemistry, Faculty of Science, Kasetsart University, Thailand, June 22, 2005.

14. Too little/too much: How plants respond to different light levels. Seminar at the Department of Biology, Faculty of Science, Chulalongkorn University, Thailand, November 24, 2004.

15. Characterization of the zeaxanthin-enriched membranes in green algae. Prof. Jisnuson Svasti’s TRF Senior Scholar Symposium, Faculty of Science, Mahidol University, Thailand, September 2004.

16. Role of the reversible xanthophyll cycle in the photosystem-II damage and repair cycle in Dunaliella salina (green alga). 12th Western Photosynthesis Conference, Pacific Grove, CA, USA, January 2-3, 2003.

   

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