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Professor Dr. Vithaya Meevootisom

 

Professor Dr. Vithaya Meevootisom obtained his B.Sc. in Medical Technology from Mahidol University and Ph.D in Microbiology from Indiana University, USA. He got The Royal Society, Developing Country Fellowships Scheme for postdoctoral training in Liverpool University, UK in 1984. He received Science and Technology Award Year 2003 Thailand Toray Science Foundation. Now, he is chair of Microbiology department, Faculty of Science, Mahidol University. He has been continuously working on production of antibiotics and related products. He started working on enzymes involved in the production of semisynthetic beta-lactam antibiotics and focused first on enzymatic processes for the production of important chemical nuclei of antibiotics in the penicillin group. He also studied enzymatic processes for the production of side chain compunds for these nuclei, including D-phenyglycine and D-p-hydroxyphenyglycine by applying new technology on genetic engineering and protein engineering. Another major research work has been on the use of microbes for improved production of economic animals. Professor Dr. Vithaya Meevootisom has wide experience in teaching students in microbiology for both medical and industrial purposes to undergraduates and postgraduates. He had also helped in organizing microbiology and biotechnology courses for several Thai universities such as Chulalongkorn, Thammasat, Ubolrachathani, Rangsit and Assumption Universities. In addition, he also works as a consultant in many private sectors.

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