Patpong Rongkard

Patpong Rongkard

DPhil student/Junior Scientist

University of Oxford, UK/Mahidol Oxford Tropical Medicine Research Unit, Thailand                

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Research Keywords: 

Melioidosis, Transcriptomics, OMICS, vaccine



Since 2012 after gaining my undergraduate degrees in Life Science and Applied Biology from the Netherlands and Germany, I have been working at Mahidol-Oxford Tropical Medicine Research Unit (MORU), Bangkok, Thailand. I started off my career as a lab technician working on melioidosis across multidisciplinary fields including molecular biology, microbiology and immunology. In 2005, I was awarded the Wellcome Trust Masters Fellow in Public Health and Tropical Medicine which allowed me to undertake a master degree in Immunology of Infectious Diseases from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. After gaining my master degree, I returned to MORU where I conducted my own research. My research project was to investigate human immune cross-reactivity between B. pseudomallei and non-pathogenic B. thailandensis variants.
Currently, I have been awarded the NDM prize studentship competition to undertake a DPhil in Clinical Medicine starting this academic year (2018/19). I will be continuing and extending my research on melioidosis. The prospective PhD project aims to understand susceptibility of people with type 2 diabetes to the cause of melioidosis, the intracellular bacterium, Burkholderia pseudomallei. The DPhil in Clinical Medicine at University of Oxford will provide me with deepened molecular biology and immunological knowledge, professional competencies and specialized research skills particularly to infectious diseases in tropical medicine. Ultimately, I would like to become an immunological researcher whose ambitions are to investigate undefined fundamental principles of neglected tropical diseases regarding the immunological aspects with an intention to work collaboratively within the international scientific network.

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Key Publications:

Hantrakun V, Thaipadungpanit J, Rongkard P, Srilohasin P, Amornchai P, Langla S, Mukaka M, Chantratita N, Wuthiekanun V, Dance DAB, Day NPJ, Peacock SJ, Limmathurotsakul D. Presence of B. thailandensis and B. thailandensis expressing B. pseudomallei-like capsular polysaccharide in Thailand, and their associations with serological response to B. pseudomallei. PLoS Negl Trop Dis. 2018 Jan 24;12(1):e0006193. doi: 10.1371/journal.pntd.0006193. eCollection 2018 Jan. PubMed PMID: 29364892; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC5809093.

Limmathurotsakul D, Wongsuvan G, Aanensen D, Ngamwilai S, Saiprom N, Rongkard P, Thaipadungpanit J, Kanoksil M, Chantratita N, Day NP, Peacock SJ. Melioidosis caused by Burkholderia pseudomallei in drinking water, Thailand, 2012. Emerg Infect Dis. 2014 Feb;20(2):265-8. doi: 10.3201/eid2002.121891. PubMed PMID:24447771; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC3901481.