Science Division

The Science Division offers eight major programs in Applied Mathematics, Biological Sciences, Chemistry, Computer Engineering, Computer Science, Environmental Sciences, Food Science and Technology and Physics. In addition, the division is responsible for all science courses for General Education.

Division Chair

Associate Professor Dr. Pakorn Bovonsombat

Associate Professor Dr. Pakorn Bovonsombat

(Division Chair, Program Director of Chemistry)
pakorn.bov@mahidol.ac.th, Ext. 3519

Education
Postdoctoral (Organic photochemistry), Rockefeller University
Ph.D. (Organic Chemistry), New York University
M.A. (Chemistry), Columbia University
M.A. (Chemistry), Vassar College
B.A. (Chemistry), Vassar College

Areas of Interest
New organic reactions, new aromatic halogenation methodologies, small molecule synthesis

Courses Taught
General Chemistry I, Organic Chemistry I & II, Advance Organic Chemistry, Organic Spectroscopy

Applied Mathematics

Asst. Prof. Dr.Aram Tangboonduangjit

Asst. Prof. Dr.Aram Tangboonduangjit

(Program Director of Applied Mathematics)
aram.tan@mahidol.ac.th, Ext. 3545

Education
Ph.D. Mathematics (University of Maryland at College Park, MD, USA)
M.Sc Mathematics (University of Maryland at College Park, MD, USA)
B.S. Mathematics (Carnegie Mellon University, PA, USA)

Areas of Interest
Analysis and Number Theory

Courses Taught
ICNS 103 Fundamental Mathematics
ICMA 102 Principles of Mathematics
ICNS 100 Intensive Mathematics
ICMA 322 Advanced Calculus
ICNS 101 Introduction to Mathematics

Dr. Thotsaporn Thanatipanonda

Dr. Thotsaporn THANATIPANONDA

thotsaporn.tha@mahidol.ac.th, Ext. 3552

Education
Ph.D. in Mathematics from Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, USA (2008)

Areas of Interest
Experimental Math, Combinatorics, Symbolic Computation

Courses Taught
Statistics, Precalculus, Calculus1,2,3, Ordinary Differential Equation, Complex Analysis, Graph Theory, Numerical Analysis, Linear Programming, Mathematics Software.

Dr. Pornrat Ruengrot

Dr. Pornrat Ruengrot

(Program Director of Applied Mathematics – NS Math)
pornrat.rue@mahidol.ac.th, Ext. 3548

Education
Ph.D. Mathematics, University of Manchester, UK
M.Sc. Mathematics, Imperial College, UK
B.A. Mathematics, Cambridge University, UK

Areas of Interest
Representation theory of finite groups, especially Modular representation theory, Algebra, Analysis, Number Theory.

Courses Taught
ICMA 321 Linear Algebra
ICNS 103 Fundamental Mathematics
ICMA 102 Principles of Mathematics
ICNS 100 Intensive Mathematics

Dr. Chatchawan Panraksa

Dr. Chatchawan Panraksa

chatchawan.pan@mahidol.ac.th, Ext. 3544

Education
Ph.D. Mathematics, University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland, USA
M.Sc. Mathematics, Chulalongkorn University, Thailand
B.S. Mathematics, KhonKaen University, Thailand

Areas of Interest
Arithmetic Dynamics, Dynamical Systems, Number Theory, Geometric Optimization

Courses Taught
ICMA 102 Principles of Mathematics
ICNS 100 Intensive Mathematics
ICMA 424 Abstract Algebra
ICMA 350 Probability
ICSC 303 Statistics
ICNS 104 Fundamental Statistics

Biological Sciences

Dr. Patsarin Wongkamhaeng

Dr. Patsarin Wongkamhaeng

(Program Director of Biological Sciences)
patsarin.won@mahidol.ac.th, Ext. 3536

Education
PhD From the University of Otago, New Zealand

Areas of Interest
Virus-host interaction

Courses Taught
Cell biology, Molecular biology, Integrated Lab in biological science II, Molecular techniques in Biotechnology

Dr. Tumnoon Charaslertrangsi

Dr. Tumnoon Charaslertrangsi

tumnoon.cha@mahidol.ac.th, Ext. 3550

Education
Ph.D., Food Science, University of Guelph
M.Sc., Toxicology, Mahidol University
B.Sc., Biological Science, Mahidol University International College

Areas of Interest
Food Safety, Food Microbiology, Gut Microbiota, Toxicology, Education

Courses Taught
ICBI 101 Biology 4 (4-0-8)
ICBI 214 General Microbiology 4 (4-0-8)
ICBI 271 General Microbiology Laboratory 2 (0-4-2)
ICBI 433 Fermentation Technology 4 (4-0-8)
ICNS 111 Fundamental Biology 4 (4-0-8)
ICNS 112 Integrated Biology 4 (4-0-8)
ICFS 433 Food Microbiology I 4 (3-2-7)
ICFS 434 Food Microbiology II 4 (3-2-7)

Mr. Laird B. Allan

Mr. Laird B. Allan

laird.all@mahidol.ac.th, Ext. 3526

Education
M.S. Marine Biology and Biochemistry, University of Delaware
B.S. Biology, Bates College

Areas of Interest
Ecology and conservation of living marine resources, science education, effective cycling.

Courses Taught
Biology, Biology Laboratory, Ecosystems and Natural Resources, Marine Biology, Essentials of Marine Life,Cycling for Physical Education, Fundamental Biology

Associate Professor Chulathida Chomchai, MD

Associate Professor Chulathida Chomchai, MD

chulathida.cho@mahidol.ac.th, Ext. 3512

Education

Areas of Interest

Courses Taught

Dr. Edward Grand

Dr. Edward Grand

edward.gra@mahidol.ac.th, Ext. 3513

Education
The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Tennessee, USA
Ph.D. in Botany with specialization in Mycology

The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA
B.S.E. in Chemical Engineering

Areas of Interest
Mushroom and fungi cultivation, identification and use in bioremediation.

Courses Taught
ICNS 121 (Fundamental Chemistry), 116 (Mushrooms, Molds and Mankind), 117 (Plants, People and Society). ICBI 101 (Biology), 231 (Plant Biology).

Assistant Professor Dr. Ramesh Boonratana

Assistant Professor Dr. Ramesh Boonratana

ramesh.boo@mahidol.ac.th, Ext. 3543

Education
Ph.D., Biology, Mahidol University
M.Sc., Anthropology, Panjab University
B.Sc., Anthropology, Panjab University

Areas of Interest
Biodiversity Conservation & Ecosystem Protection, Protected Area Planning & Management, Participatory Conservation & Natural Resources Co-Management, Training & Capacity Development of PA Staff & Stakeholders, Responsible Tourism, Sustainable Tourism, Ecotourism, Community-based Tourism

Courses Taught
Conservation Biology; SE Asian Ecology; Introduction to Physical Anthropology; Hominid Evolution & Primate Societies; Ecotourism; Integrated Biology; Heritage Conservation

Chemistry Science

Associate Professor Dr. Pakorn Bovonsombat

Associate Professor Dr. Pakorn Bovonsombat

(Program Director of Chemistry)
pakorn.bov@mahidol.ac.th, Ext. 3519

Education
Postdoctoral (Organic photochemistry), Rockefeller University
Ph.D. (Organic Chemistry), New York University
M.A. (Chemistry), Columbia University
M.A. (Chemistry), Vassar College
B.A. (Chemistry), Vassar College

Areas of Interest
New organic reactions, new aromatic halogenation methodologies, small molecule synthesis

Courses Taught
General Chemistry I, Organic Chemistry I & II, Advance Organic Chemistry, Organic Spectroscopy

Dr. Chayanant Hongfa

Dr. Chayanant Hongfa

chayanant.hon@mahidol.ac.th, Ext. 3534

Education
Ph.D., Organic Chemistry, Texas A&M University
B.S., Chemistry, Pennsylvania State University

Areas of Interest
Biomass and Polymer-Supported Catalysts

Courses Taught
General Chemistry I; Organic Chemistry Iⅈ Polymer Science and Technology

Dr.Taweetham Limpanuparb

Dr.Taweetham Limpanuparb

taweetham.lim@mahidol.edu, Ext. 3538

Education
Ph.D., Chemistry, Australian National University
B.Sc., Chemistry, Mahidol University

Areas of Interest
Quantum chemistry, Computational chemistry, Science Education

Courses Taught
General Chemistry; Integrated Laboratory Techniques in Chemistry; Physical & Computational Chemistry

Dr. Manchuta Dangkulwanich

Dr. Manchuta DANGKULWANICH

manchuta.dan@mahidol.ac.th, Ext. 3553

Education
Ph.D., Chemistry, University of California, Berkeley
B.S., Chemistry, Duke University

Areas of Interest
Biophysics, Bioanalytical chemistry, Enzyme dynamics, Science education

Courses Taught
General chemistry II

Dr. Weerapong Phadungsukanan

Dr. Weerapong Phadungsukanan

weerapong.pha@mahidol.ac.th, Ext. 3529

Education

Areas of Interest

Courses Taught

Computer Science

Dr.Kanat Tangwongsan

Dr.Kanat Tangwongsan

kanat.tan@mahidol.edu, Ext. 3547
(Program Director of Computer Science)
Education
Ph.D., Computer Science, Carnegie Mellon University
B.S., Computer Science and Mathematical Sciences, Carnegie Mellon University

Areas of Interest
Parallel algorithms and data structures, big data analytics, algorithm engineering, design and implementation of programming languages, middleware/run-time systems

Courses Taught
Introduction to Programming; Data Structures and Algorithms; Data Communication and Networks; Networks and Distributed Systems; Introduction to Computer Systems; Functional Programming

Dr. Boonyanit Mathayomchan

Dr. Boonyanit Mathayomchan

boonyanit.mat@mahidol.edu, Ext. 1409, 3528

Education

Areas of Interest

Courses Taught

Dr. Kritya Bunchongchit

Dr. Kritya Bunchongchit

kritya.bun@mahidol.ac.th, Ext. 3524

Education
Ph.D., Computer Science, Vanderbilt University
M.S., Computer Science, Vanderbilt University
B.Sc., Applied Mathematics,

Areas of Interest
Intelligent learning environments, games and education, artificial intelligence

Courses Taught
Artificial Intelligence, Introduction to the Internet Technology

Mr. Poramin Bheganan

Mr. Poramin Bheganan

poramin.bhe@mahidol.ac.th, Ext. 3546
Education

Areas of Interest

Courses Taught

Dr.Sunsern Cheamanunkul

Dr.Sunsern Cheamanunkul

sunsern.che@mahidol.ac.th

Education
Ph.D., Computer Science, University of California, San Diego
M.S., Computer Science, University of California, San Diego
B.S., Computer Science, Carnegie Mellon University

Areas of Interest
Machine learning, Big data analytics, Computational learning theory, Information theory

Courses Taught
Introduction to Programming; Theory of Computation; Introduction to Computer Systems; Data Mining

Environmental Science

Dr. Wayne N. Phillips

Dr. Wayne N. Phillips

wayne.phi@mahidol.ac.th, Ext. 3527

Education
PhD Biology, University of Essex, UK.
MSc Aquatic Resource Management, King’s College, London, UK
BSc Human Environmental Science, King’s College, London, UK

Areas of Interest
Coral reef ecology; coral reef conservation; coral reef restoration; coral reef connectivity; tourism impacts on coral reefs; photophysiology of corals

Courses Taught
Ecology and Conservation; Aquatic Ecology; Tropical Ecology; Introduction to Oceanography; Sustainable Development; Integrated Biology; Seminar in Biological Sciences.

Food Science and Technology

Dr. Valeeratana Sinsawasdi

Dr. Valeeratana Sinsawasdi

(Program Director of Food Science and Technology)

valeeratana.sin@mahidol.ac.th, Telephone: 02 441 9322 – 3 Ext. 1197

Education
Ph.D., Food Science, with minor in Food and Resources Economics, University of Florida
M.S., Food Science, University of Hawaii
B.S., Food Science and Technology, Chiang Mai University

Areas of Interest
Natural food colorants, consumers attitude and perceived nutritional values of food products

Courses Taught
Essentials of Food Industry; Food Chemistry II, Food Product Development, Production Management and Marketing of Food Products

Assistant Professor Dr. Nirutchara Laohaprasit

Assistant Professor Dr. Nirutchara Laohaprasit

nirutchara.sun@mahidol.ac.th, Telephone: 02 441 9322 – 3 Ext. 1199

Education

Areas of Interest

Courses Taught

Associate Professor Dr. Chanida Hansawasdi

Associate Professor Dr. Chanida Hansawasdi

chanida.han@mahidol.ac.th, Telephone: 02 441 9322 – 3 Ext. 1199

Education
1997-2000 The degree of Doctor of Philosophy in the field of Agricultural Chemistry (Food Biochemistry)
From: Hokkaido University, Japan

1995-1997 The degree of Master of Science (Biotechnology)
From: Mahidol University, Thailand

1992-1995 The degree of Bachelor of Science
From: Mahidol University, Thailand

Areas of Interest
– Bioactive compounds from food sources and medicinal plants and their application in food and health concerns
– Health related diet: functional foods, chemistry and product development
– Starch technology and applications

Courses Taught
ICFS 312 Food Chemistry I 4 (3-2-7)
ICFS 313 Food Chemistry II 4(3-2-7)
ICFS 314 Food Analysis 4(3-2-7)
ICFS 331 Food Hygiene and Sanitation 4(4-0-8)
ICFS 491 Seminar in Food Science and Technology 2(2-0-4)
ICFS 432 Sensory Evaluation of Food Products 4(4-0-8)

Physics

Dr.Tara Chalermsongsak

Dr.Tara Chalermsongsak

(Program Director of Physics)
tara.cha@mahidol.ac.th, Ext.3549

Education
PhD California Institute of Technology, B.A. Columbia University

Areas of Interest
Gravitational Wave Physics

Courses Taught
Statistical Mechanics, Solid State Physics, Principles of Physics, Integrated Physics Lab I.

Dr.Piti Ongmongkolkul

Dr.Piti Ongmongkolkul

piti.ong@mahidol.ac.th,Ext.3537
Education

Areas of Interest

Courses Taught

Computer Engineering

Dr. Mingmanas SIVARAKSA

Dr. Mingmanas SIVARAKSA

(Program Director of Computer Engineering)

Education

Areas of Interest

Courses Taught

Natural Sciences

Assistant Professor Dr. Ramesh Boonratana

Assistant Professor Dr. Ramesh Boonratana

Program Director
ramesh.boo@mahidol.ac.th, Ext. 3543

Education
Ph.D., Biology, Mahidol University
M.Sc., Anthropology, Panjab University
B.Sc., Anthropology, Panjab University

Areas of Interest
Biodiversity Conservation & Ecosystem Protection, Protected Area Planning & Management, Participatory Conservation & Natural Resources Co-Management, Training & Capacity Development of PA Staff & Stakeholders, Responsible Tourism, Sustainable Tourism, Ecotourism, Community-based Tourism

Courses Taught
Conservation Biology; SE Asian Ecology; Introduction to Physical Anthropology; Hominid Evolution & Primate Societies; Ecotourism; Integrated Biology; Heritage Conservation

Mr. Brian J. Phillips

Mr. Brian J. Phillips

brian.phi@mahidol.ac.th, Ext. 3520

Education
ABD, Education in Science and Technology, Institute for Innovative Learning, Mahidol University, Thailand.
MBA, financial emphasis, Colorado State University, Colorado, USA, 1992.
B.Sc. with distinction, Mass Communication, Journalism/English composite major, Speech minor. Colorado State University, Colorado, USA, 1987.

Areas of Interest
m-learning, information systems, science education

Courses Taught
ICNS141 Computer Essentials
Technology in Tourism
Intro to Internet Technology
Information Systems in Business
Computer Data Communications
LANs, WANs, & Telecommunication
Wide Area Networks
Intranet