Professor Sirirurg Songsivilai was trained in clinical medicine and has a M.D. (first-class honors with gold medal) from the Faculty of Medicine Siriraj Hospital, Mahidol University, and a molecular biology Ph.D. from the University of Cambridge, UK. He was a post-doctoral fellow at University of Colorado Health Science Center in Denver, USA. In management, he received postgraduate certificates in law and public administration from King Prajadipok Institute, and in science, technology and innovation policy from Harvard University.
Professor Songsivilai is an Anandha Mahidol Foundation Scholar awarded by H.M. the King of Thailand. He returned to Mahidol University in 1992 and, since 2000, became full Professor at the Faculty of Medicine Siriraj Hospital, Mahidol University, Bangkok. His main research interest is in molecular biology and genomics of infectious diseases; especially viral hepatitis, melioidosis and avian influenza; focusing on understanding clinical characteristics from the genomic variations. Professor Songsivilai has published extensively in international journals, authored 2 books and has 5 patent applications. He received several international awards and honours, including Rockefeller Biotechnology Career Fellowship, ASEAN Young Scientist and Technologist Award, Taguchi Prize for Outstanding Achievement in Biotechnology in 2002, and National Outstanding Technologist Award in 2003.
KEY ATTRIBUTES THAT MAKE HIM A LEADER
- Professor Songsivilai is also well known for his entrepreneurial activities, having found spin-off biotechnology companies specializing in development and manufacturing of diagnostics and therapeutics for tropical infectious diseases
- In 2004, he joined the National Center for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology (BIOTEC) as a senior executive overseeing the development of the bio-industry under the National Biotechnology Policy Committee.
- In 2005, Professor Songsivilai became assistant president of the National Science and Technology Development Agency (NSTDA) and has been appointed the executive director of the National Nanotechnology Center (NANOTEC) since 2008.
- His vast knowledge base makes him an inspiration for all his kith and kin and all those who work around him.