Professor Dr. Wipa Suginta received her B.Sc. degree in Genetics from Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, Thailand, in 1990 and M.Sc.degree in Biochemistry from Mahidol University, Bangkok, in 1993.
After her Master’s thesis (1995), which involved isolation and characterization of carbohydrate-degrading enzymes and was carried out under the supervision of Professor Dr. M. R. Jisnuson Svasti, she was granted a Royal Thai Government scholarship for doctoral studies in the Department of Biochemistry, School of Medicine, The University of Edinburgh, Scotland, under the supervision of Dr. Linda Gilmore. Her Ph.D. thesis was entitled “Structural and functional characterization of Vibrio harveyi chitinase”.
After obtaining her Ph.D. degree in 1999, she joined Dr. Richard Ashley’s laboratory in the Membrane Biology Group at Edinburgh University. Her postdoctoral research was funded by the Welcome Trust and involved functional characterization of rat brain chloride intracellular ion channels (CLICs).
In January 2001, she returned to her Lectureship in the School of Biochemistry, Suranaree University of Technology, Thailand. Particular themes of Dr. Suginta past and present research are:
1) structural and functional characterization of proteins/enzymes involved in chitin degradation by marine Vibrios;
2) structural and biophysical studies of protein nanopores; 3) development of chitinchitosan-based
Apart from promotions to Assistant (2004), Associate (2007), and then full (2015) Professor, she received for her scientific achievements the L’OREAL (Thailand)/UNESCO “For Women in Science” Fellowship (2005), the Outstanding Research Award from Suranaree University of Technology (2010), a prestigious Fellowship for Experienced Researchers from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, Bonn, Germany (2009−2012),TRF-CHE-Scopus Researcher Award for Life Sciences and Agricultural Sciences (2013), and Professor M.R. Jisnuson Svasti BMB Award (2014).