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Interview of Cave Microbiologist, Dr. Naowarat Cheeptham (aka Ann)

Dr. Naowarat Cheeptham, is a famous cave microbiologist. Dr. Cheeptham has been fascinated with the world of biology since she was out catching butterflies as a child with her father in her native country, Thailand. Her interest in microbiology developed while studying at Chiang Mai University (Thailand) and Hokkaido University (Japan). Since her doctoral work, Dr. Cheeptham has been interested in discovering new drugs that could be derived from rare microorganisms that thrive in extreme habitats such as caves. Currently, she is exploring the photochemotherapeutic potential of bioactive compounds produced by volcanic cave actinomycetes. Dr. Cheeptham’s work was featured on Global TV and the Knowledge Network in Canada. Besides her research interests in cave microbiology, she is also drawn to pedagogical issues in microbiology education. In 2009, she was selected as one of the biology research residency scholars in the ASM/NSF Biology Research Residency Scholars Program and participated in an NSF-sponsored residency in Washington DC. She is an Associate Professor at the Department of Biological Sciences, Thompson Rivers University, Kamloops, British Columbia, Canada.

I, myself on behalf of We The Microbiologist community communicated her and took her interview. The interview has been published in Microbiology Today Magazine of WTM. Check the full interview here: http://biomysteries.files.wordpress.com/2013/09/a-talk-with.pdf

For more details check the full magazine at http://www.wethemicrobiologist.in/

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