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Molecular Biology of Mosquitoes and Sand Flies
Thailand (IFMSA-Thailand) - Faculty of Medicine, Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok
Department of Parasitology, Chulalongkorn University
Assoc.Prof.Dr. Padet Siriyasatien
Type of Research Project
- Basic science
What is the background of the project?
This research aims to study the molecular biology and characteristics of mosquitoes and sand flies. Mosquitoes are vectors for multiple diseases such as Malaria, Dengue, Chikungunya, Japanese Encephalitis, Filariasis, and most recently, Zika virus. Overpopulation of mosquitoes poses as a national issue in Thailand and tropical areas. Sand flies are vectors for Leishmaniasis, which is an emerging disease in South East Asia. At the laboratory, we cultivate these insects, learn about their life cycles, and study how to differentiate them in a microscopic and macroscopic scales.
What is the aim of the project?
This research is aimed to study the molecular biology and characteristics of Leishmania Siamensis which was discovered in southern part of Thailand.
What techniques and methods are used?
Molecular biology technique (generally involve manipulation and analysis of DNA, RNA, protein, and lipid)
What is the role of the student?
- The student will mainly observe
- The student will observe the practical experiments but will be highly involved in the analysis of the results
What are the tasks expected to be accomplished by the student?
The students will allowed to use a high-technology labaratory instruments to study the molecular biology of these parasites, learning the clinical signs and symptoms of the infected patients, review the research papers with the tutors and other students. And the student might go to collect the sampling insects from the rural forest area.
Will there be any theoretical teaching provided (preliminary readings, lectures, courses, seminars etc)
What is expected from the student at the end of the research exchange? What will be the general outcome of the student?
- The student will prepare a scientific report
What skills are required of the student? Is there any special knowledge or a certain level of studies needed?
Students are required to attend at least 80 percent of their lab sessions/classes.
Are there any legal limitations in the student’s involvement
Type of students accepted
This project accepts: - Medical students - Graduated students (less than 6 months) - Pre-Medical students from the American-British system
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