Faculty of Science, Mahidol University's Awards


Dr. Jirundon Yuvaniyama
Thailand Young Scientist Award Year 2003


Dr. Jirundon Yuvaniyama has completed a B.Sc. (first-class honored) in chemistry from Faculty of Science, Mahidol University and a Ph.D. in biological chemistry from the University of Michigan (Ann Arbor), USA.


Since his doctoral training, Dr. Yuvaniyama has always been fascinated by the beauty of three-dimensional protein structures. Using the techniques of X-ray crystallography, he has determined the structures of human dual-specificity phosphatase VHR (Science 272: 1328), as well as dihydrofolate reductase-thymidylate synthase (Pf-DHFR-TS: Nat Struct Biol. 10:357) and plasmepsin II from the malarial parasite Plasmodium falciparum. He is also interested in applications and utilization of protein 3D structures such as alteration of substrate specificity of a bacterial enzyme by protein engineering. In addition, he has joined four other faculty members to form the Center for Excellence in Protein Structure and Function, headed by Prof. MR Jisnuson Svasti. This Center is supported by Faculty of Science, Mahidol University to promote research activities on protein structure-function relationship to advance our understandings in the international standard and for the benefits of our country.