Plant Science - Mahidol University

Plant Science - Mahidol University



the astonishing world of


Master of Science in

Plant Science

International Programme

Master of Science in

Plant Science

International Programme

Department of Plant Science, Faculty of Science

Department of Pharmaceutical Botany, Faculty of Pharmacy

Faculty of Graduate Studies

Mahidol University


Philosophy & Objectives

Produce scientists and researchers with

• competent knowledge in the field of plant science

• ability to study, analyze, and solve problems

• ability to make use of knowledge and technology

• ability to apply their knowledge for Thailand development

• ability to teach and convey their knowledge to future



• As full time students

• Register for 9-15 credits per regular semester, or up to the

recommendation of the advisors

• Register for first thesis credits no later than the 2nd semester

• Defense proposal no later than the 3rd semester and 90 days

before thesis oral examination

• Total study duration must not exceed 5 academic years

Graduation Requirements

• Credit Earn

• > 25 (12 core and 13 elective) credits of course works

and 12 credits of thesis

• GPA not less than 3.00

• English

• pass the English Proficiency Examination (the Faculty of

Graduate Studies, Mahidol University) or other qualified

institutions, or have a TOEFL score more than 500

Graduation Requirements

• Thesis

• complete the thesis research

• a full paper on thesis research is accepted for publishing

in proceeding for national/international meeting or an

article on thesis research is accepted for publication

• pass oral thesis examination required for graduation

according to regulations of Faculty of Graduate Studies,

Mahidol University.

Core Courses

SCID515 Generic Skills in Biol. Sci. Research 1(1-0)

SCID516 Biostatistics 3(3-0)

SCPL501 Advanced Plant Taxonomy 3(2-3)

PYPB603 Medicinal Plants 3(2-3)

SCPL672 Seminar in Plant Science I 1(1-0)

PYPB614 Seminar in Plant Science II 1(1-0)


SCPL/PYPB 698 Thesis > 12 (0-48)

Elective Courses

Students are encouraged to take elective courses

related to their research interests which expand in

EIGTH fields of study:

1. Pharmaceutical Botany

2. Ethnobotany

3. Plant physiology

4. Plant molecular, cell biology and genetics

5. Plant systematics and taxonomy

6. Plant conservation and breeding technology

7. Plant Ecology and Environment

8. Forensic Botany

1st Semester

Study Plan: 1st year

SCPL501 Advanced Plant Taxonomy 3 (2 - 3)

PYPB603 Medicinal Plant 3 (2 - 3)

Elective Courses (SCPL671) 6

2nd Semester

Total 12 Credits

SCID515 Generic Skills in Biol. Sci. Res. 1 (1 - 0)

SCID516 Biostatistics 3 (3 - 0)

SCPL672 Seminar in Plant Science I 1 (1 - 0)

Elective Courses 5

SCPL / PYPB 698 Thesis 12 (0-24)

Total 22 Credits

3rd Semester

Study Plan: 2nd year

PYPB 614 Seminar in Plant Science II 1 (1 – 0)

Elective Courses 2

SCPL / PYPB 698 Thesis 12 (0 – 24)

Total 15 Credits

4th Semester

SCPL / PYPB 698 Thesis 12 (0 – 24)

Total 12 Credits

Thesis Advisor & Subject

• Advisor is the main guidance, consult early, but should

not rush in committing yourselves

• choose research subject you like the most and has a

good background in

• review relevant literatures in the subject and make sure

you understand what you will have to do to complete your


• feel free to talk to all faculty members and fellow


Rajarat Building

Pharmaceutical Botany

Theparat Building

Pharmaceutical Botany

• Standardization & specification of Thai Medicinal Plants

• Phytochemistry

• Quality Improvement of Plant Raw Material for

Phytomedicine Production

Pharmaceutical Botany

• Cultural & economic aspects of herbal uses

• Cultural awareness in herbal development

• Qualitative study of herbal uses

• Studies on herbal markets

• Behavior of consumers and health personnel on herbal use


Science of people’s interactions with plants

• Integrated study of anthropology and botany

• survey and interviews

• botanical identification

• Phytochemistry and Pharmacology

• Foods, tools, medicine, etc.

Plant Physiology

• Physiology of in vitro plant development

• Stress Physiology

• salt stress in Thai rice

• environmental stress and productivity of Macadamia nut

grown at Doi Tung, Chiang Rai

• flowering of Kiwifruit grown in Northern Thailand

• Activity of enzymes in carbohydrate metabolism

Plant Molecular Biology and Genetics

• Functional genomics of cassava and rubber tree

• Rice tungro bacilliform virus

• Alkaloid biosynthetic pathway

• Genetic modification and transformation of Hemp

Plant Molecular Biology and Genetics

• Proteomics

• Molecular genetics / evolution / breeding

• DNA markers for forensic identification of plant species

Plant Molecular Biology and Genetics

• Genome analysis

• Polyploid induction

• Gene localization on chromosome

• Cytology and molecular cytogenetics

Plant Systematics and Taxonomy

• Classification, Identification, Nomenclature

• Area-based surveys of Thai flora

• Observation of flora succession

• Conservation of Thai endangered plants

• Molecular systematics

• Cytotaxonomy

Plant Conservation & Breeding Technology

• Conservation of plant genetic resources

• Collection of wild ancestors and landrace of crop plants

• Micropropagation / cryopreservation

• Conventional & molecular breeding

Plant Ecology and Environment

• Cytotoxicity/Genotoxicity and environmental monitoring

• Bioremediation using microalgae

• Phytoremediation: Heavy metal homeostasis

• Dynamical & mathematical models in biological system

Forensic Botany


Forensic Botany: Applications of Plant Science, Molecular Biology

and Genetics in Forensic Science

• Narcotic Plants / Illegal Plant Import & Export

• DNA markers and phytochemical testing for plant identification

• Field (phytochemical) test kits

Assoc.Prof. Dr. Sompop Prathanthurarug

รศ. ดร. สมภพ ประธานธุรารักษ์

• Biotechnology of medicinal plants

• Medicinal plant raw material improvement

• Standardization of medicinal plants

• Phytochemistry of active compounds

• Micropropagation propagation

Assoc. Prof. Promjit Saralamp

รศ. พร้อมจิต ศรลัมพ์

• Specification of Medicinal Plants

• Medical Ethnobotany

Assoc.Prof. Rungravi Temsiririrkkul

รศ. รุ่งระวี เต็มศิริฤกษ์กุล

• Specification of Medicinal Plants

• Medicinal Plant Database

• Biological Activity of Medicinal Plants

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Wongsatit Chuakul

รศ. ดร. วงศ์สถิตย์ ฉั่วกุล

• Medical Ethnobotany

• Taxonomy of Medicinal Plants

Assist. Prof. Dr. Wichit Paonil

ผศ. ดร. วิชิต เปานิล

Social and cultural aspects of drug and herbal uses

Dr. Thaya Jenjittikul

อ. ดร. ทยา เจนจิตติกุล

• Taxonomic study of Zingiberaceae

• Taxonomic study in specific area

• Conservation of Thai endangered plants

Plants and people

Dr. Sasivimon Swangpol

อ. ดร. ศศิวิมล แสวงผล

• Diversity of bananas in Thailand

• Molecular evolution of crop plants

Plant systematics

Plants & People

• Scientific illustrations

• Education in Botany

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Kanchit Thammasiri

รศ. ดร. ครรชิต ธรรมศิริ

• Orchid selection

Plant conservation

• Cryopreservation & tissue culture

Plant Breeding

Assist. Prof. Dr. Ngarmnij Chuenboonngarm

ผศ. ดร. งามนิจ ชื่นบุญงาม

• conservation of endangered species

• micropropagation and improvement of economic plants

• gene expression in model plants

Assist. Prof. Dr. Aussanee Pichakum

ผศ. ดร. อุษณีษ์ พิชกรรม

• Physiology of plant bioregulators

• Stress physiology

• Physiology of Thai rice lines under salt stress: role of sugar, sugar

alcohol, wax, and proline on salt tolerance

• Drought & nutrient stress on vegetative growth of macadamia nut

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Puangpaka Soontornchainaksaeng

รศ. ดร. พวงผกา สุนทรชัยนาคแสง

• Cytotaxonomy & Plant systematics

• Genome analysis

• Cytotoxicity/Genotoxicity & environment


• Induced mutation & plant improvements

• Cytology and molecular cytogenetics

Assist. Prof. Dr. Sunee Kerdbundit

ผศ. ดร. สุณี เกิดบัณฑิต

• Genetic modified plants

• Gene expression/silencing

• Currently residing in Czech Republic, doing

research at Institute of Experimental Botany

Dr. Nathinee Panvisavas

อ. ดร. ณัฏฐินี พันธ์วิศวาส

• Identification and Linkage analysis of Narcotic Plants and Paphiopedilum

species listed on CITES using DNA markers/phytochemical testing

• Genetic Modification of Cannabis sativa for Crop Production

-alkaloid biosynthetic pathway

-genetic modification and transformation

• Forensic Identification of Kratom (Mitragyna speciosa (Korth.) Havil.)

Dr. Panida Kongsawadworakul

อ. ดร. พนิดา คงสวัสดิ์วรกุล

• Molecular Biology of Rubber Tree and Cassava

• Biochemical and Molecular analysis of Trunk Phloem Necrosis

Disease in Rubber Tree

• Application of Transcriptomics and Proteomics Technology in

Plant Research

Dr. Unchera Sookmark

อ. ดร. อัญชีรา สุขมาก

• Molecular Biology of Rubber Tree

• Studies of Genes Related to Starch Biosynthesis in Cassava

• Application of Proteomics Technology in Plant Research

Rubber Project

Visiting Researchers from IRD, France

Dr. Hervé Chrestin

Mr. Jean-Philippe Pichaut

Plant Science Forum

Study trip

Executive visit

Trip to Research Station, Nakhorn Ratchasima

Trips to Nong Nooch Botanic Garden, Chonburi

and Royal Flora Ratchapruek 2006, Chiang Mai

Tsunami disastrous survey in Ranong, 2005

Plant collecting mission in Yala, 2006

Study tour to rubber plantation, 2006

Traditional medicinal center, Abhaibhubet, 2006

New Year Blessing Ceremony

Orientation trip to Rayong

Faculty of Science Sport Day

Faculty of Science New Year Party

Study tour to Queen Sirikit Botanic Garden, Chiang Mai

Orientation trip to Rayong, 2006

Next Orientation Trip, Rayong, 16-17 June 2007

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