Nitsara Karoonuthaisiri

Principal Researcher
National Center for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology


Contact me for

  • Mentoring
  • Sitting on boards or committees
  • Providing an expert opinion
  • Outreach activities
  • Conference presenting
  • Opportunities to collaborate


I was born into a family of teachers in Nakhonsawan, a province three hours from Bangkok. With a prestigious Royal Thai Government Scholarship I studied chemical engineering in the US. Upon obtaining my master’s and PhD from Stanford University in 2004, I took a research position at the National Center for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology, Thailand. I was the founding co-chair of the Global Young Academy and was honoured as Young Global Leader 2013 by the World Economic Forum.

I have received the following accolades:

  • L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science Fellowship, 2009
  • Foundation for the Promotion of Science and Technology’s Outstanding Young Technologist, 2011
  • Marie Curie Fellowship, 2011–13
  • Named as one of 21 ‘women who make a difference’, one of 9 ‘working women of the year 2009’ and one of 50 ‘women who will make a change’ by various Thai magazines

I am happily married to an orthopaedic professor and a proud mother of three, Kirin, Akira and Nita.