Ms Duangkamon Loesbanluechai
- Research Assistant (Host-Parasite Interactions & Pathogenesis)
February 2021-Present: Postdoctoral Researcher, School of Biodiversity, One health & Veterinary medicine, University of Glasgow
2016 – 2020: Ph.D. in Molecular Medicine, Mahidol University
2013 – 2015: M.Sc. in Clinical Haematology Sciences, Chulalongkorn University
2009 – 2012: B.Sc. in Medical Technology, Chulalongkorn University
I have strong interests in parasite biology and the application of genome editing tools to dissect the biology of malaria parasites. Such approaches are important to understand the genetic factors controlling key aspects of the parasite life cycle such as transmission by the mosquitoes and provide tools to identify and validate candidate targets that would form the basis of urgent interventions needed to eliminate malaria.
I completed my PhD at Mahidol University with additional funding from Newton Fund-TRF to undertake a research project at the Wellcome Sanger Institute. During this time, I used CRISPR/ Cas9 genome editing tools to generate mutant P. falciparum parasites which enabled us to identify parasite single nucleotide polymorphisms associated with drug resistance in Southeast Asia and the likely mechanisms driving these phenotypes.
I joined the Howick group in School of Biodiversity, One Health and Veterinary medicine at University of Glasgow in February 2021 as a postdoctoral researcher. Here, I’m currently working on the transmission stages of Plasmodium falciparum parasites with a goal of identifying the genetic determinants of vector-parasite tropism and how this varies between different mosquito species driving disease transmission.