Nunya Chotiwan

n-chotiwan-picNunya Chotiwan was born in Bangkok, Thailand. She received the Sri Trang Thong Scholarship awarded to outstanding students in science, and joined the Honors Program during her undergraduate studies at Mahidol University, Thailand. She graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree, summa cum laude, in Biology.  In 2011-2013, Nunya received a Fulbright Scholarship to pursue a Master’s Degree at the Department of Microbiology, Immunology and Pathology (MIP) at Colorado State University. During this period, she conducted research on “molecular determinant of dengue virus envelop protein that are critical for virus entry and fusion in antibody-dependent enhancement of infection” with Dr. Claire Y.-H Huang at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. After her graduation, Nunya continued her graduate studies joining the Ph.D. program in the Dept. of MIP at Colorado State University. She received a research assistantship and conducts her Ph.D. dissertation with Dr. Rushika Perera, a Boettcher Investigator at the Arthropod-borne and Infectious Disease Laboratory (AIDL). Her thesis work focuses on understanding the metabolic basis of vector competence of the Aedes aegypti mosquitoes for dengue, Zika and Chikungunya viruses, with the aim of identifying novel methods to block transmission of these viruses to humans. She was also recently involved in a study determining the vector competence of different mosquitoes to Zika virus and the development of a specific, inexpensive and rapid diagnosis tool for detecting Zika virus. She recently travelled to Chiapas, Mexico to lead a workshop on this rapid diagnostic tool for Zika virus so that local health officials and researchers could utilize the assay for their work in the city. Following her Ph.D. Nunya hopes to obtain a faculty position at Mahidol University in Bangkok, Thailand.

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