Dr. John Adams chairs master’s thesis committee in Thailand

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The faculty of graduate studies at Mahidol University in Bangkok, Thailand, appointed Dr. John Adams of the USF College of Public Health to be chair and external examiner of the Thesis Examination Committee of Sudarat Wongidarkaarn, a master of science student in medical technology.

John Adams, PhD

John Adams, PhD

The thesis defense examination, “The Inhibitory Function of Neutralizing Antibody against Duffy Binding Protein II – Erythrocyte Binding in Plasmodium vivax Infection,” was held on March 27.  Dr. Patchanee Chootong, assistant professor, faculty of medical technology, served as Wongidarkaarn’s major advisor.  Chootong is a former pre-doctoral trainee under Adams, who is a Distinguished USF Health Professor in COPH’s Department of Global Health.

The Center for Global Health and Infectious Diseases Research is working with the faculty of Mahidol University to enhance training in infectious diseases research in Thailand and throughout Southeast Asia.  The program supports advanced training in biomedical sciences to give young scientists experience working with contemporary technologies for target identification, drug lead identification and optimization, and new methodologies for discovery and development of new therapies for the treatment of malaria.  The program is working to expand long-standing research collaborations between Mahidol University, affiliated institutions in ASEAN countries, and the University of South Florida.