Introduction


The time is critical now for graduate education and research in Microbiology. Numerous professional careers are in demand in academic and industrial research, teaching, and services in public and private sectors where microbiology has an impact. The program supports a variety of research topics. However, the stars within our faculty are in the forefront, with co-operation from world-class researchers abroad, in the areas of Bacterial Antibiotic Resistance and Biodiversity, especially in the study of yeast as a microorganism. We are proud of our recipients of the Royal Golden Jubilee research grants awarded by the Thailand Research Fund.

Objectives

The Ph.D. program in microbiology places emphases on research and training for professional careers in microbiology research and leadership. The specific objectives are listed below:

  • To disseminate in-depth advanced knowledge in microbiology as a prerequisite to mastering systematic analytical thinking and competence in data synthesis as well as fostering an inquiring mind capable of self-directed life-long learning.
  • To nurture skills and potential in microbiological inquiries leading to the development of modern technology. Skills acquired are for discovering new findings for sustainable development in societies and communities.
  • To instill leadership with professional ethics so as to serve as a model in the society.

Special Admission Requirements

(See also general university Graduate School requirements.)

Qualifications of applicants are as follows:

  • Option 1.1/2.1
    • Master degree in microbiology or related areas from accredited institutions.
  • Option 1.2/2.2
    • Bachelor degree in sciences or health sciences or related areas from accredited institutions.

Medium of Instruction

  • Thai and English

Research Focus

  • Environmental Microbiology
  • Microbial Biology and Diversity
  • Molecular Medical Microbiology
  • Microbial Biotechnology
  • Immunology
  • Virology

Requirement for Graduation

In accordance with the Graduate School’s rules and regulations.

Credit Requirements*

Requirements Option 1.1 Option 1.2 Option 2.1 Option 2.2
Coursework - - 12 24
Core Courses - - 3 9
Electives - - 9 15
Required Non-credit Courses 4 7 4 7
Dissertation 48 72 36 48
Total 48 72 48 72

* Minimum credits requirements

Core Courses

Requirements Option 1.1 Option 1.2 Option 2.1 Option 2.2
Course No. Cr. Course No. Cr. Course No. Cr. Course No. Cr.
Current Topics in Microbiology - - - - 266624 3 266624 3
Advanced Microbial Physiology (or) - - - - - - 266502 3 (or)
Medical Microbiology - - - - - - 266511 3
Biochemistry, Cell and Molecular Biology - - - - - - 422514 3
Total 0 0 0 0 1 3 1 9

Electives

Requirements Option 1.1 Option 1.2 Option 2.1 Option 2.2
Course No. Cr. Course No. Cr. Course No. Cr. Course No. Cr.
Advanced Diagnostic Medical Microbiology - - - - 266611 3 266611 3
Advanced Microbial Forensics - - - - 266612 3 266612 3
Molecular Pathogenesis of Bacteria - - - - 266613 3 266613 3
Mechanism and Molecular Epidemiology of Drug-Resistant Bacteria - - - - 266614 3 266614 3
Advanced Medical DNA Technology - - - - 266615 3 266615 3
Advanced Bioinformatics - - - - 266601 3 266601 3
Molecular Microbiology - - - - 266621 3 266621 3
System Microbiology - - - - 266622 3 266622 3
Molecular Biology of Microbial Photosynthesis - - - - 266623 3 266623 3
Advanced Microbial Biotechnology - - - - 266625 3 266625 3
Total 0 0 0 0 10 9 10 15

Required Non-credit Courses

Requirements Option 1.1 Option 1.2 Option 2.1 Option 2.2
Course No. Cr. Course No. Cr. Course No. Cr. Course No. Cr.
Research Methodology in Health Sciences - - - - - - 422510 3
Seminar 1 266696 1 266696 1 266696 1 266696 1
Seminar 2 266697 1 266697 1 266697 1 266697 1
Seminar 3 266698 1 266698 1 266698 1 266698 1
Seminar 4 266699 1 266699 1 266699 1 266699 1
Total 4 4 4 4 4 4 5 7

Dissertation Credit Requirements

Requirements Option 1.1 Option 1.2 Option 2.1 Option 2.2
Course No. Cr. Course No. Cr. Course No. Cr. Course No. Cr.
Dissertation 1 266651 8 266661 9 266671 9 266681 8
Dissertation 2 266652 8 266662 9 266672 9 266682 8
Dissertation 3 266653 8 266663 9 266673 9 266683 8
Dissertation 4 266654 8 266664 9 266674 9 266684 8
Dissertation 5 266655 8 266665 9 - - 266685 8
Dissertation 6 266656 8 266666 9 - - 266686 8
Dissertation 7 - - 266667 9 - - - -
Dissertation 8 - - 266668 9 - - - -
Total 6 48 8 72 4 36 6 48

Course Descriptions

266502 Advanced Microbial Physiology 3(2-3-5)
Recent aspects of advanced microbial physiology in biosynthesis and assembly of cell structures, bioenergetics, metabolism and regulation, regulation of growth of cells and cell cycles, morphogenesis, differentiation and development at molecular levels, and biological signal systems.
266511 Medical Microbiology 3(2-3-5)
Importance of microorganisms with emphasis on morphology, cultivation, physiology, pathogenesis, epidemiology, immunity to microbial infections, and laboratory diagnosis.
266601 Advanced Bioinformatics 3(2-3-5)
Evaluation of biological data using bioinformatics techniques including data collection, data analysis, data alignment, information technology applications in experimental designs, laboratory diagnosis, genetic relationship of organisms, protein identification, molecular modeling, methods to determine protein structure and other important aspects, and being knowledgeable in performing such analysis.
266611 Advanced Diagnostic Medical Microbiology 3(2-3-5)
Advanced techniques in identification of various pathogenic microorganisms, and application of molecular and immunological techniques for laboratory diagnosis of infectious diseases.
266612 Advanced Microbial Forensics 3(2-3-5)
Comprehensive study of the chain of custody in microbiological evidentiary materials, molecular methods and techniques for biotherat detection, and procedures for working high biosafety levels.
266613 Molecular Pathogenesis of Bacteria 3(3-0-6)
Recent aspects of bacterial pathogenesis with emphasis on molecular and genetic determinants, bacterial toxins, secretion systems, interaction with host bacterial cells and tissues, immune evasion, genetic regulation, exchange of virulence genes, the micro biome, antibiotic resistance, vaccines, and bioterrorism.
266614 Mechanism and Molecular Epidemiology of Drug Resistant Bacteria 3(3-0-6)
Mechanisms and molecular epidemiology of important drug-resistant bacteria with emphasis on gram negative bacteria producing extended-spectrum beta-lactamase (ESBL), Methicilin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), Penicillin-resistant Streptococcus pneumonia (PRSP), multiple drug-resistant of diarrheal pathogens Pseudomonas aeruginosa, and Acinetobacter species.
266615 Advanced Medical DNA Technology 3(2-3-5)
Principles of DNA technology in therapeutics and diagnostics; applications of molecular biology techniques and recombinant DNA technology including genes cloning, gene expressions, animal models and PCR-based techniques in diagnosis and gene therapy; and key ideas of the recent research on genes transfers, vector development, and pre-clinical research.
266621 Molecular Microbiology 3(2-3-5)
Microorganisms at molecular level in biochemistry, physiology, classifications and identifications, laboratory diagnosis, and their applications using advanced DNA technology.
266622 System Microbiology 3(2-3-5)
Integrated and basic biological knowledge of microorganisms in biochemistry, genomics, transcriptomics, metabolomics and proteomics, and descriptions of microbial cells functions with emphasis on the balance between microbes and humans.
266623 Molecular Biology of Microbial Photosynthesis 3(2-3-5)
Photosynthetic patterns in various groups of microorganisms, cellular structure of photosynthetic apparatus, molecular structure and biosynthesis of photosynthetic pigments, mechanisms of electron flow in electron transport chain, bioenergetics and metabolic processes, and regulations and genes involved in microbial photosynthesis.
266624 Current Topics in Microbiology 3(3-0-6)
Discussion and practice in oral presentations of current trends and issues in microbiology.
266625 Advanced Microbial Biotechnology 3(2-3-5)
Microbial importance in advanced biotechnology, strain selection and improvement, fermentation processes, bio separation of microbial products, applications of microorganisms and their products in industry, environment, pharmacy, medicine, agriculture, and alternative energy production.
266651 Dissertation I, Option 1.1 8 Credits
Identifying the research question, writing a research proposal describing the significance and purposes of the study, and research methodologies in brief including an extensive review of the literature.
266652 Dissertation II, Option 1.1 8 Credits
Submission of the dissertation supervisory committee to the Graduate School and submission of the dissertation title to advisors.
266653 Dissertation III, Option 1.1 8 Credits
Conducting an extensive research, reporting progress of the research to the dissertation advisors, and taking the qualifying examination.
266654 Dissertation IV, Option 1.1 8 Credits
Conducting an extensive research, reporting progress of the research to the dissertation advisors, and taking the dissertation proposal defense examination.
266655 Dissertation V, Option 1.1 8 Credits
Conducting an extensive research, reporting progress of the research to the dissertation advisors, and preparing a scientific manuscript for publication under a standard peer-review process.
266656 Dissertation VI, Option 1.1 8 Credits
Summarizing all research data, passing the dissertation defense, complying with dissertation corrections if any, and submitting the completed dissertation to the Graduate School.
266661 Dissertation I, Option 1.2 9 Credits
Identifying the research question, writing a research proposal describing the significance and purposes of the study, and research methodologies in brief including an extensive review of literature.
266662 Dissertation II, Option 1.2 9 Credits
Submission of the dissertation supervisory committee to the Graduate School and submission of the dissertation title to advisors.
266663 Dissertation III, Option 1.2 9 Credits
Conducting an extensive research and taking the qualifying examination.
266664 Dissertation IV, Option 1.2 9 Credits
Conducting an extensive research, reporting progress of the research to the dissertation advisors, and taking the dissertation proposal defense examination.
266665 Dissertation V, Option 1.2 9 Credits
Conducting an extensive research and reporting progress of the research to the dissertation advisors.
266666 Dissertation VI, Option 1.2 9 Credits
Collecting research data and preparing a scientific manuscript for publication under a standard peer-review process.
266668 Dissertation VIII, Option 1.2 9 Credits
Summarizing all research data, passing the dissertation defense, complying with dissertation corrections if any, and submitting the completed dissertation to the Graduate School.
266671 Dissertation I, Option 2.1 9 Credits
Submission of the dissertation supervisory committee to the Graduate School and submission of the dissertation title to advisors
266672 Dissertation II, Option 2.1 9 Credits
Conducting an extensive research, reporting progress of the research to the dissertation advisors, and taking the qualifying examination.
266673 Dissertation III, Option 2.1 9 Credits
Conducting an extensive research, reporting progress of the research to the dissertation advisors, taking the dissertation proposal defense examination, and preparing a scientific manuscript for publication under a standard peer-review process.
266674 Dissertation IV, Option 2.1 9 Credits
Summarizing all research data, passing the dissertation defense, complying with dissertation corrections if any, and submitting the completed dissertation to the Graduate School.
266681 Dissertation I, Option 2.2 8 Credits
Identifying the research question writing a research proposal describing the significance and purposes of the study, and research methodologies in brief including an extensive review of the literature.
266682 Dissertation II, Option 2.2 8 Credits
Submission of the dissertation supervisory committee to the Graduate School and submission of the dissertation title to advisors.
266683 Dissertation III, Option 2.2 8 Credits
Conducting an extensive research and taking the qualifying examination.
266684 Dissertation IV, Option 2.2 8 Credits
Taking a dissertation proposal defense examination, conducting an extensive research, and reporting progress of the research to the dissertation advisors.
266685 Dissertation V, Option 2.2 8 Credits
Collecting research data and preparing a scientific manuscript for publication under a standard peer-review process.
266686 Dissertation VI, Option 2.2 8 Credits
Summarizing all research data, passing the dissertation defense, complying with dissertation corrections if any, and submitting the completed dissertation to the Graduate School.
266696 Seminar I 1(0-2-1)
Extensive practice in searching, reading, critical thinking, and organization of information from articles or published papers, and oral presentation practice on selected and current topics in microbiology.
266697 Seminar II 1(0-2-1)
Report and discussion on selected and current trends in advanced microbiology.
266698 Seminar III 1(0-2-1)
Seminar on selected and current trends in microbiology.
266699 Seminar IV 1(0-2-1)
Seminar on selected topics in microbiology related to the doctoral dissertation.
422510 Research Methodology in Health Sciences 3(3-0-6)
Definitions, characteristics and goals of research, research methodologies, types of research, determination of research questions, variables and hypothesis, data collection, data analysis, research proposal and research report writing, research evaluation, research applications, ethics in research, and advanced research techniques in health sciences.
422514 Biochemistry, Cell and Molecular Biology 3(3-0-6)
Cells and cell cycles, properties and structures of major biomolecules, protein structures and functions, enzymes and kinetics, bioenergetics and metabolism of biomolecules, genomes organization, replications, DNA damage and repair, transcription and translation processes, bioinformatics, molecular biology, biochemistry of endocrines, and significant perspectives in biochemistry.

Course Organisers

Dean Thanoi, Samur, Assoc. Prof., Ph.D.
Program Director Lamlerthhon, Supaporn, Asst. Prof., Ph.D.
Graduate Faculty Full Members Khamsri, Boonruang, Ph.D.Kunthalert, Duangkamol, Asst. Prof., Ph.D.

Okumua, Thongsanit, D. Eng.

Wichai, Siriwan, Ph.D.