About Department of Parasitology & Entomology

                  

The Department of Parasitology & Entomology (Changed from Parasitology since 2009) , Faculty of Public Health, Mahidol University, has 9 staff members, including 5 doctoral degree graduates, one medical doctor and 3 master's degree graduates. Most of the staff have been with the Department for more than ten years. The Faculty's courses in Parasitology have been revised to cope with the problems of the country. Current problems of parasitic infections in the country, such as malaria, liver fluke infection, soil-transmitted helminths, vector control and emerging opportunistic parasitic infection are emphasized.


                      Departmental research is both diverse and technically focused. Recent research projects include the study of the ecology of snails (intermediate hosts of the human blood fluke). Schistosoma mekongi:, The discovery of more efficient diagnostic techniques for malarial infection; a study of techniques for the detection of opportunistic infection in HIV/AIDS patients; epidemiology of filarial in illegal laborers; mosquito control by biological and environmental measures; the search for effective mosquito repellent from plants; and study projects on the impact of water resource development on parasitic infections.
                    

The Department also provides courses in Parasitology for other institutions, both private and governmental. as requested. For government institutions, The Department has given courses in Parasitology for students in the Bangkok College of Nursing, Ministry of Public Health, and for students in the College of Health Sciences, Ramkamhaeng University. In private institutions, course on Parasitology have also been provided by the Department for the College of Nursing at St. Louis Hospital and the College of Nursing at the Seventh Day Adventist Hospital. Occasionally the Department also involved in some services such as provision of parasitic diagnosis for people in slum areas, some consultancy services for the public such as investigation of the presence of parasites in a water treatment system, and general parasitic surveys for the public as requested.

List of the Parasitology Department Head
-1948-1952 Professor.Sawadhi Daengsawang
1952-1984 Professor.Tongchai Prapassarathorn
1984-1993 Assoc.Prof.Udomporn Chullalurk
1993-1997 Assoc.Prof.Jirapol Wiboonwatana
1997-2003 Assoc.Prof.Jirasak Rojanapremsuk
2003-2011 Assoc.Prof.Pakpimol Mahannop
2011-Now Asst.Prof.Prayute  Bhuddhirakkul