Research Profile

      

Faculty of Science has established a strong national reputation for quality research and research training. Research excellence has been recognized both nationally and internationally through prestigious awards and funding support to our outstanding staff and student researchers.

Research standards at our Faculty are internationally recognized to be at the cutting edge of scientific discovery. We publish about 400 peer-reviewed papers annually in reputed journals, more than half of these in top-tier (first quartile) journals.

As a result, the Faculty has been able to strengthen and internationalize staffing profile by attracting renowned scholars. At all times, the Faculty administrative body continues creating a welcoming and supportive research environment. Major investments focused on equipped-central facilities to support on-going research activities of the staff as well as to facilitate the sharing of high-cost and high-performance equipment. The facilities include Central Instrument Facility (CIF), Central Animal Facility, and Animal Tissue Culture Facility. Staff at the central facilities are also responsible for arranging technical workshops and training. The provision is designed to assist professional research development and skills.

In addition to high quality fundamental research, we also focus on creating innovative applied technology solutions for economic, health and social development in Thailand. Such applied research at our Faculty can be classified into the following areas.

1. Aquaculture (Shrimp, fish, abalone, sea cucumber)
Knowledge relevant to aquaculture and biology, with special emphasis on economically important marine resources such as shrimp, fish, abalone, sea cucumber, etc. 
Development of diagnostics and disease prevention technology.

2. Agricultural and Food Technology
Improvement of crop and agricultural production.
Development of food processes, quality and security.
Detection methods for food safety and healthy food.

3. Conservation, Ecology and Environmental Science (Animal, plant, insects, microbes)
Conservation and sustainable utilization of natural resources and biodiversity. 
Environmental protection and remediation.  

4. Biomass and Bioresource Technology (Biocatalysis, biorefinery, bio-based chemical, bioenergy, bioactive compounds, green processes)
Development of biocatalysts in the forms of enzymes or whole cells for green and clean production
Conversion of low value biomass into value-added compounds 
Bio-systems for bioenergy and biofuels. 
Development of bioactive compounds from natural products

5. Material and Polymer (Smart materials, nanomaterials, rubber, polymer and bioplastics)
New synthetic and catalytic methods for chemical and material preparation.
Development of specialized materials or nano-materials for industries.           
Improvement of physical and chemical properties of natural polymer and rubber.

6. Diagnostics and Sensor Technology (Sensors, diagnostic kits, high throughput detection, lab-on-chips)
Development of sensors, robots and smart devices for utilization in medical diagnostics, agricultural farming and production control. 
Diagnostics kits and analytical technology for convenient detection and quality control of food, cosmetics and environmental contamination.

7. Aging Diseases and Noncommunicable Diseases (Neurological disorders, cancers, metabolic syndromes, bone and muscle diseases)
Causes and mechanisms of noncommunicable and aging diseases development.
Development of prevention and early diagnostics methods for noncommunicable and aging diseases

8. Emerging, Infectious diseases and Parasites
Knowledge associated with emerging and remerging infectious diseases.
Development of prevention and new therapeutic guidelines for infectious diseases. 

9. Therapeutic Technology (Stem cell, vaccine, medicinal chemistry and natural product, drug development) 
Development of new therapeutic technology, biopharma and drugs.
High throughput screening for finding new medicines against disease targets.

10. Systems Biology 
Data science, analysis and mining for development of new understandings in biology.
Systems analysis for understanding cellular and network communication and control.

11. Computational Modeling and Simulations
Utilization of computational power and theoretical knowledge for understanding fundamentals of biological and physical systems

12. Earth and Cosmic Science
Basic knowledge and data analysis of earth, cosmic and astrophysics information.
Monitoring of geological changes and effects from climate change.   

13. Science Education
Development of new teaching and learning tools for promotion of 
transformative learning and 21st century skills.