Kallaya Sritunyalucksana, Ph.D.
Email: kallaya@biotec.or.th

Head of the Aquatic Animal Health Research Team Integrative Aquaculture Biotechnology Research Group, BIOTEC, NSTDA

The two major research interest strategies in the laboratory include: (1) Research on defense mechanism of shrimp respond to infection and their application. Two lethal shrimp pathogens; White spot syndrome virus (WSSV) and Yellow Head Virus (YHV) are in focus. Two models have been established to serve the strategies; persistent infection and intracellular infectious mechanisms of shrimp viruses. (2) Another research strategy is research on shrimp pathogen discovery and characterization. The new emerging or recurrent shrimp pathogens will be characterized if it is the causative of a disease outbreak by using integrated platforms such as biochemical tests, microbiology techniques, molecular biology, metagenomics and transcriptomics. Bioinformatic tools and technology will also use to support the discovery of pathogen and characterization. This will help the development of shrimp aquaculture in sustainable direction.


Ornchuma Itsathitphaisarn, Ph.D.
Email: ornchuma.its@mahidol.edu

Assist. Prof. Department of Biochemistry. Mahidol University, Bangkok, Thailand

Thailand has been the world leading shrimp producer for many years. However, our leader position has been challenged by economic losses due to shrimp diseases. Not only has the industry been suffering devastating effects of recurring infection by White Spot Syndrom Virus (WSSV) and Yellow Head Virus (YHV), but it is also threatened by new and emerging pathogens including toxin-producing Vibio parahaemolyticus that causes early mortality syndrome (EMS) (Jyoti et al, 2014), microsporidian Enterocytozoon hepatopenaei (EHP) (Tourtip et al, 2009 and Tangprasittipap et al, 2013) and covert mortality syndrome virus (CMNV) Our laboratory aims to determine the molecular basis of pathogenicity of the aforementioned pathogens, particularly EHP and CMNV, to develop therapeutic tools to combat these diseases. We collaborate Dr. Kallaya Sritunyalucksana from Center of Excellence for Shrimp Molecular Biology and Biotechnology (CENTEX SHRIMP) and Dr. Grant Stentiford at Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science (Cefas) in the United Kingdom.


Suparat Taengchaiyaphum, Ph.D.
Email: suparat.tae@biotec.or.th

Aquatic Animal Health Research Team (AQHT) Integrative Aquaculture Biotechnology Research Group, BIOTEC, NSTDA

Virus infection in shrimp is one of the major constraints affecting shrimp production worldwide. Fortunately, recent research investigation has been revealed that the evidence of invertebrates resists pathogenic viruses has been broadly determined. However, little knowledge to explain host resistant mechanism has been described. In shrimps, virus infected shrimp without gross sign of disease, normal growth rate, and active replication of viral genome has been investigated in several types of viruses. This information leads us to focus that the virus resistant mechanism may control by distinct pathways and possible apply to select pathogen-resistant shrimp for cultivation. This research focus aims to;  1). Exploring the resistant mechanism in Penaeid shrimps upon pathogenic virus infection. 2). Development of shrimp vaccination against virus invasion and improve high survival rate. 


Anuphap Prachumwat, Ph.D.
Email: anuphap.pra@biotec.or.th

Aquatic Animal Health Research Team (AQHT) Integrative Aquaculture Biotechnology Research Group, BIOTEC, NSTDA

Senior researcher at National Center for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology (BIOTEC) of National Science and Technology Development Agency (NSTDA) in Thailand, where he works in Aquatic Animal Health Research Team (AQHT) of the Integrative Aquaculture Biotechnology Research Group (AAQG).  He received his doctorate in Genetics from University of Chicago, USA, with a thesis on molecular evolution of gene duplicability and gene functions.  Currently, he focuses on utilizing genomic sequences to better understand interactions between shrimp, their pathogens and microbiomes. He has collected and constructed a comprehensive shrimp transcriptome sequence database for cataloging shrimp genes responsive to pathogens.  He analyzes genomes and transcriptomes of several shrimp pathogens (bacteria, virus, bacteriophages and microsporidia) for developing detection methods and strategies to control infections and reduce virulence. With advances in DNA sequencing technologies and bioinformatics, he and his colleagues will also focus on microbiomes of shrimp and rearing ponds for shrimp health and pathogen discovery of current and possible future emerging shrimp diseases.. 


Jiraporn Srisala, Ms.
Email: jsrisala@gmail.com

Aquatic Animal Health Research Team (AQHT) Integrative Aquaculture Biotechnology Research Group, BIOTEC, NSTDA

Miss Jiraporn has worked developing techniques for shrimp disease detection for several years, she holds a master degree in Biotechnology by Mahidol University. She currently works as a researcher for the Aquatic Animal Health Research Team (AQHT), where her expertise is key for disease diagnostics. Her work is focused on developing new molecular techniques for disease detection aswell as monitoring and biosecutiry process.


Somjai Wongtripop, Ms.
Email: Swongtripop@hotmail.com

Aquatic Animal Health Research Team (AQHT) Integrative Aquaculture Biotechnology Research Group, BIOTEC, NSTDA

Miss Somjai Wongrtipop has a vast experience in P. monodon and P. vannamei culture. For many years she carried out her research at the Shrimp Genetic Improvement Center (SGIC) in the south of Thailand, focusing on P monodon broodstock. Currently she is part of the Aquatic Animal Health Research Team (AQHT) as an expert consultant on P. vannamei farming as part of a Royal Project at Chaipattana cooperative farm.


Natthinee Munkongwongsiri, Ph.D.
Email: m.natthinee@gmail.com

Aquatic Animal Health Research Team (AQHT) Integrative Aquaculture Biotechnology Research Group, BIOTEC, NSTDA

Postdoctoral fellow researcher at the Aquatic Animal Health Research Team (AQHT), part of Biotec, NSTDA. Dr. Natthinee’s research is focused on emergent shrimp disease such as EHP and white feces syndrome (WFS), aswell as the role of environmental carriers on the spread of these diseases.


Miss Piyachat Saunguanrut
Email: sanguanrut@gmail.com

Aquatic Animal Health Research Team (AQHT) Integrative Aquaculture Biotechnology Research Group, BIOTEC, NSTDA

Laboratory technician and researcher at the Aquatic Animal Health Research Team (AQHT), part of Biotec, NSTDA. Miss Piyachat’s work is focused on shrimp disease detection. Her main expertise include histology techniques, molecular techniques aswell as development of detection methods.


Rungkarn Suebsing, Ph.D.
Email: rungkarn.sue@biotec.or.th

Aquatic Animal Health Research Team (AQHT) Integrative Aquaculture Biotechnology Research Group, BIOTEC, NSTDA

Researcher at the Aquatic Animal Health Research Team (AQHT), part of Biotec, NSTDA. Dr. Rungkarn’s research is focused on the development of disease detection methods, including LAMP and RT-LAMP for viral and bacterial diseases on fish and shrimp. Her current work focuses on the development of farmer friendly disease detection technologies for on site use .


Miss Dararat Thaiue
email: dararat.thaiue@gmail.com

Aquatic Animal Health Research Team (AQHT) Integrative Aquaculture Biotechnology Research Group, BIOTEC, NSTDA

Laboratory Technician at the Aquatic Animal Health Research Team (AQHT), part of Biotec, NSTDA. Miss Dararat’s work is focused on shrimp disease detection by using molecular techniques.