Learn: Genotyping of human cells in high school on July 23 and 30, 2020 at Kamnoetvidya Science Academy School (KVIS)
Dr. Chayasith Uttamapinant, Faculty Member and his research team, consisting of Mr. Surased Suraritdechachai (Research Assistant), Mr. Kanokpol Aphicho (Research Assistant), Mr. Thanakrit Wongsathit, Mr. Krittapas Jantarug (Research Assistant) and Ms. Maturada Petchsung (Postdoctoral Researcher) from the School of Biomolecular Science and Engineering (School of BSE), VISTEC. They co-designed and taught "Biotechnology subject" for 3 weeks to Grade 6 KVIS students, who are interested and enrolled in this elective course under the supervision of Dr. Arjaree อาจารย์อาจรีย์ ธิราช, an academic teacher in Biology and Environmental Science, KVIS. The content that Dr. Chayasit (Ajarn Tao) and the research team had shared with KVIS students was "techniques for detecting genotyping from human cells" by collecting samples from the area. Of the body that is easy to do, such as saliva, sweat or dead skin cells and what had considered the "highlight" of this class is the use of modern technology like "CRISPR Diagnostics", which is the same technology that Dr. Chayasit, as well as the research team and network partners, use to "research and develop the COVID-19 test kit" which provides fast and highly accurate results from actual use in the form of "Clinical Validation" at Siriraj Hospital.
Inspiration including interest and scientific skills for KVIS students in this special class is something that is not only learned in textbooks but is an important "opportunity" to create a direct experience from the researchers and research process. This will be the most important foundation of the path to become a scientist, technologist, and innovator in the future.