Thompson Rivers University

Naowarat (Ann) Cheepthan

Name: Dr. Naowarat (Ann) Cheepthan
Position: Associate Professor
Affiliation: Biological Sciences
Phone: 371-5891


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Research Interests

My research has primarily centered on microbial diversity, microbial secondary metabolites production, and searching for potential natural products and bioactive compounds for use in various fields such as agricultural and pharmaceutical, with particular emphasis on antifungal and antibacterial compounds discovery. This includes: the biodiversity of microorganisms, especially endophytic fungi from medicinal plants; fungi and rare actinomycetes in several different and unusual habitats, in particular in hypogenic environments (caves, volcanic caves, karst caves, etc.), oceans (mangrove, salt marshes, wetlands, etc.) and lakes (alkaline ponds, and meromictic lakes), and the useful compounds deriving from these; secondary metabolism in microorganisms such as: the biological roles of bioactive compounds in the producer strains and in the natural environment, the photochemotherapeutic potential of natural products such as medicinal plants and microorganisms.


March 1999
Ph.D. in Applied Microbiology
Department of Bioscience and Chemistry, Hokkaido University, Sapporo, Japan

March 1996
M.Sc. in Applied Microbiology Department of Bioscience and Chemistry, Hokkaido University, Sapporo, Japan

April 1993 March 1994
Japanese language/research student
International Study Center, Hokkaido University, Sapporo, Japan

March 1993
B. Sc. in Biology (First Class Honours, Silver Medal)
Major: Microbiology, Minor: Chemistry
Department of Biology, Faculty of Science, Chiang Mai University, Thailand



Employment History

April 2003 Present
Microbiology Laboratory Director
On consulting basis, EcoTech Laboratory, Kamloops, BC

May 2002 Present Adjunct Assistant Professor
Graduate School, Chiang Mai University, Thailand

August 2002 Present
Assistant Professor
Department of Biological Sciences, Thompson Rivers University (formerly the University College of the Cariboo), 900 McGill, Box 3010, Kamloops, BC, V2C 5N3

November 2001 May 2002
Senior Research Scientist
KAM Biotechnology Ltd. Surrey, BC

September 2001
The Vancouver School of Theology, Chalmers Institute, UBC

August 2001 November 2001
Honorary Research Associate
Department of Botany, The University of British Columbia, UBC

May 1999 April 2001
Tenured Lecturer
Department of Biology, Faculty of Science, Chiang Mai University

Courses Taught

BIOL 449 (W06-W07) : Industrial Microbiology
BIOL 111: Principles of Biology
BIOL 210: Introductory Microbiology I
BIOL 220: Introductory Microbiology II
BIOL 320(F03): Immunology
BIOL 411: Advanced Microbiology Laboratory
BIOL 413: Molecular Evolution
BIOL 448: Directed Study
BIOL 499: Honours Program
BIOL 449: Advanced Seminar (Bioremediation)


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