Dr. Nitsara Karoonuthaisiri won a prestigious Royal Thai Government Scholarship to pursue her education in USA. She finished her B.S. in Chemical Engineering (honors with distinctions, departmental valedictorian) from Columbia University, New York, in 1999. Upon obtaining her M.S. and Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from Stanford University in 2004, Dr. Karoonuthaisiri has taken a research position at the National Center for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology (BIOTEC, Thailand). Currently, she is a head of Microarray Laboratory where her research team employs microarray technology to study black tiger shrimp, an economically important export for Thailand, and develop antibody arrays for diagnostics. She is also a guest lecturer for various universities in Thailand. She was awarded a “Marie Curie International Incoming Fellowship” from European Union FP7, “Young Technologist of 2011” from the Foundation for the Promotion of Science and Technology under the Patronage of His Majesty the King, “2009 For Women in Science” fellowship from UNESCO-L’Oreal Thailand. Her antibody array for foodborne pathogen detection won the 2010 Invention Award from the National Research Council of Thailand. She was selected as “Women who make a difference” by Thailand Tattler Magazine, 1 of 9 “Working Women of the Year 2009” by “Phuying” Magazine and 1 of 50 “Women Who Will Make a Change” by “A Day” Magazine. She was also elected as the founding co-Chair of Elected as the founding co-Chair of the Global Young Academy (2010).

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