Ornchuma Itsathitphaisarn is a lecturer at the Department of Biochemistry, Faculty of Science, Mahidol University and head of Shrimp Pathogen Biochemistry and Physiology Laboratory, and deputy director of Centex Shrimp. We employ cutting edge technology to identify emerging pathogens, develop diagnostic tools, and characterize infection mechanisms of those pathogens to devise practical disease management strategies.
Our latest research focus on virulence mechanisms of Enterocytozoonhepatopenaei. We have developed an improved method for EHP diagnosis, a laboratory challenge model and an in vitro spore germination assay. Our laboratory is also interested in non-coding RNAs that are implicated in virulence mechanisms of shrimp pathogens.