Doctor of Philosophy (Biochemistry)


          Biochemistry is the study of the chemical processes in living organisms.  It deals with the structure, function, and metabolism of macromolecules and cellular components, in order to explain cellular mechanisms in the normal living cells and in illnesses. Medical Biochemistry focuses on the biochemistry of humans and medical illnesses. At present, Medical Biochemistry is studied alongside with related fields such as Molecular and Cellular Biology, Genetics, Medical Engineering, Nanotechnology, and Information Technology, to better understand living organisms in an integrative manner.  The knowledge integrations taught in this program is essential for research and development in the field of biotechnology and biomedical sciences, which can apply to improve the lives of Thai people and mankind.  

OBJECTIVES         To produce doctorate Biochemists who has:

    • up-to-date knowledge in medical biochemistry, has ability to effectively integrate and manage the knowledge, and has the expertise in both theory and practice in the field.
    • virtue, morality and professional ethics, as well as responsibility to society, environment and country.
    • the ability to think, analyze, and solve problems in Biochemistry through systemic research and can produce good quality research.
    • the ability to correctly communicate and transfer the knowledge in the international level.


Type 1: Dissertation only program

    •  Type 1.1: Student with Master’s Degree               Ph.D. Dissertation                        48   credits
    • Type 1.2: Student with Bachelor’s Degree            Ph.D. Dissertation                         72    credits


    1. A Master’s Degree with GPA no less than 3.5 or A Bachelor’s degree with GPA no less than 3.25 in Biochemistry or Biology, Chemistry or related medical or life sciences
    2. Official proof of English proficiency is required (TOEFL 500/173/61, IELTS 5.5, or TEGS 65 conducted by the Language Institute, Chiang Mai University)
    3. Statement of intent or interest of up to three pages
    4. Three letters of recommendation from former professors or employers
    5. Copies of published research papers, if you have done any.


    • Molecular biology of cancer and Targeting drug delivery system
    • Anti-tumor, chemopreventive and immunomodulator activities of Thai medicinal plants and natural products
    • Mechanism of anticancer drugs
    • Chemical carcinogenesis and bioassay for cancer prevention
    • Anti-obesity and anti-insulin resistant activities of herbal medicine
    • Iron and oxidative stress in Thalassemia and Malaria
    • Tissue engineering
    • Immunobiochemistry of degenerative joint and bone diseases
    • Apoptosis and Biochemistry of cell death


    • Assoc. Prof. Pornngarm   Dejkriangkraikul, Ph.D. (Biochemistry)
    • Assoc. Prof. Prachya   Kongtaweelert, Ph.D. (Medical Biochemistry)
    • Assoc. Prof. Somdet   Srichairatanakool, Ph.D. (Haematology)
    • Assoc. Prof. Siriwan   Ongchai, Ph.D.  (Biochemistry)
    • Assoc. Prof. Ratana   Bunjerdpongchai, Ph.D. (Biochemistry)
    • Assist. Prof. Wirote  Tuntiwechapikul, Ph.D. (Medicinal Chemistry)
    • Assist. Prof. Rawiwan  Wongpoomchai, Ph.D. (Medical Science)
    • Assist. Prof. Teera   Chewonarin, Ph.D. (Biochemistry)
    • Assist. Prof. Pichapat   Piamrojanabhat, Ph.D. (Biochemistry )
    • Assist. Prof. Ariyaphong   Wongnoppavich, Ph.D. (Biochemistry)
    • Arisa  Bonness, Ph.D. (Medical Science)
    • Peerapan   Pothacharoen, Ph.D. (Biochemistry)
    • Supachai   Yodkeelee, Ph.D. (Biochemistry)
    • Pornsiri    Pichakarn, Ph.D. (Biochemistry)
    • Jetsada   Ruangsuriya, Ph.D. (Medical Bioscience)
    • Woranontee   Korasieporn, Ph.D. (Genetics)
    • Thanyaluck   Phitak, Ph.D. (Biochemistry)


Czech Republic: Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic

Japan: Nagoya City University Graduate School of Medical Sciences; National Cancer Institute, Tokyo; Hokkaido University; Aichi Medical University

Thailand: The Government Pharmaceutical Organization, National Science and Technology Development Agency, Mahidol University, Chulalongkorn University

UK: University of College London, Manchester University

USA: National Cancer Institute, Bethesda, Maryland; University of Texas, M.D. Anderson Cancer Center; University of Houston, Texas


    • Thailand Research Fund (TRF)
    • The National Research Council of Thailand
    • The National Science and Technology Development Agency (NSTDA), Thailand
    • The Thailand Research Fund’s Golden Jubilee Ph.D. Project
    • Postgraduate Education and Research Program in Chemistry (PERCH)
    • The World Health Organization (WHO)


Associate Professor Dr. Somdet Srichairatatnakool
Chairman, Department of Biochemistry
Faculty of Medicine, Chiang Mai University
Chiang Mai 50200 THAILAND
Tel: (66 53) 94 5321-2  Fax: (66 53) 89 4031
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