Our Team

Jintanat Ananworanich, MD, Ph.D

Deputy Director

is Deputy Director of SEARCH and also holds the position of Associate Director for Therapeutics Research U.S. Military HIV Research Program, MD, USA. Dr. Jintanat has expertise in developing protocols and managing adult and pediatric HIV clinical trials involving international and national sites. She has been a trainer on HIV/AIDS issues particularly antiretroviral therapy and the treatment of children with HIV.

Nittaya Phanuphak, MD. PhD

Chief of SEARCH

is Deputy Director of SEARCH and also holds the position of Associate Director for Therapeutics Research U.S. Military HIV Research Program, MD, USA. Dr. Jintanat has expertise in developing protocols and managing adult and pediatric HIV clinical trials involving international and national sites. She has been a trainer on HIV/AIDS issues particularly antiretroviral therapy and the treatment of children with HIV.

Mark de Souza, PhD., MPH

Senior Scientific Advisor

Mark de Souza, Ph.D, M.P.H. served as Laboratory Director (1995-2012) at the Department of Retrovirology, AFRIMS, Bangkok, Thailand where he established laboratories to support HIV surveillance and clinical trials, and achieved the first College of American Pathologists (CAP)-accredited clinical laboratory in Thailand. From 2004-2012, Dr. de Souza was also the International Laboratory Program Director for the U.S. Military HIV Research Program (MHRP). In this position, he provided oversight to five MHRP laboratories in Africa and Asia, and was responsible for achieving the first CAP-accredited laboratories in Kenya and Tanzania. He played a critical role in RV144, the first HIV preventative vaccine trial to show promising results. Dr. de Souza’s research focus has been HIV diagnostics, cellular immunology, the role of innate immunity in HIV infection and the mucosal immunology of HIV infection. He is currently employed as the Senior Science Officer with Cooper Human Systems in Nashua, New Hampshire, USA, a visiting researcher at the National AIDS Centre, National Institute of Infectious Diseases, Tokyo, Japan .Dr. de Souza received his Ph.D. in Microbiology and M.P.H. in Infectious Disease Epidemiology from Yale University and was a post-doctoral fellow at Yale University and the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, where he worked on Lyme disease and coronavirus receptors, respectively. He has co-authored over 100 peer-reviewed publications.

Nitiya Chomchey, M. Sc.

Deputy Chief of Clinical Research

is the Deputy Chief of Clinical Research. She has extensive experience with project management and is familiar with national and international regulatory issues. She also has more than 15 years of experience as a study monitor and research nurse.

Varaporn Pothipala, M.Sc.

Deputy Chief of Operations

is Deputy Chief of Operations. She is an experienced accountant and has managed several large projects at international organizations prior to joining SEARCH. She is responsible for all financial, human resources and office management.

Eugene Kroon, MD

Research Physician

is a research physician. He received his medical training at the University of Amsterdam. He is a widely-published research physician with almost two decades of clinical and research experience relating to HIV. Prior to joining SEARCH, he was the Chief Executive Officer for Thailand of a global clinical research organization.

Donn Colby, MD, MPH

Research Physician

is a research physician. He has over 12 years of experience in HIV prevention and treatment in Southeast Asia. Prior to joining SEARCH in 2013, he was Country Director of the Harvard Medical School AIDS Initiative in Vietnam (HAIVN) for 8 years. Dr. Colby has more than 20 articles published in peer-reviewed journals.

Carlo Sacdalan

Research Physician

James Fletcher, BM, BCH

Research Physician

is a research physician at SEARCH. He is a graduate of the University of Oxford medical school. He has expertise in clinical care and support for acutely diagnosed HIV cases as well as laboratory and clinical research experience.

Phillip Chan

Research Physician

Duanghathai Suttichom, M.N.S.

Study Monitor

is a study monitor who has several years of experience in HIV clinical trials. She is involved primarily in HIV vaccine cohort and acute HIV infection studies.

Jintana Intasan, BNS

Study Monitor

is study monitor who has over 10 years of experience in HIV clinical Trial. Now, she responsible for SEARCH HIV clinical study especially those relating to acute HIV Infection.

Kultida poltavee

Study Monitor

Tassanee Luekasemsuk, M.Sc

Study Coordinator

is the Deputy Chief of Clinical Research. She has extensive experience with project management and is familiar with national and international regulatory issues. She also has more than 15 years of experience as a study monitor and research nurse.

Somporn Tipsuk, BNS

Research Nurses

is a research nurse. She has experience in patient care and treatment in a leading private hospital. She is now responsible for neuroAIDS and HIV vaccine studies.

Peeriya Prueksakaew, BNS

Research Nurses

is a research nurse with many years of experience both in patient care and clinical research. She worked in one of the leading university hospitals in Thailand before joining SEARCH in 2011. She is now responsible for the acute HIV infection study.

Suwanna Pattamasavin, BNS

Research Nurses

is a research nurse; she has many years of experience in patient care in a private hospital. She joined SEARCH in 2013.

Khunthalee Benjapornpong, BNS

Research Nurses

is a research nurse. She has over 10 years experience in patient care and treatment in one of leading hospital's operation department. She joining SEARCH in mid 2014. Now, she responsible for patient care of HIV infection study.

Nisakorn ratnaratorn

Research Nurses

Chutharat Munkong

Research Nurses

Kamonkan Tanjnareel

Research Nurses

Sangla Najai, VET

Research Assistant

is the Psychosocial Program Administrator. She is in charge of administrative issues and works closely with the Psychosocial Program Coordinator.

Siriporn Sangthong, VET

Research Assistant

is the research assistant at SEARCH. She acts as research affairs liaison with other departments and institutions that collaborate with SEARCH.

Ratchapong Kanaprach, MBc

IT/Database Manager

is the IT/Database Manager. He has many years of experience in computers and software, and has previously handled information technology projects in large corporations. He provides expertise in setting up and maintaining the IT system and clinical trial databases.

Routhairat Suttichom, MA.

Data Entry

is in charge of data entry and has had many years of experience in research data entry at the National Children’s Hospital prior to joining SEARCH.

Thanunthorn Uengthong

IT Analyst

Chatchawan Tanadngan

Data Entry

Kessarewan Krobmuk, BA

Accountant

is an accountant with many years of experience in international organizations. She is responsible for all accounting issues in the organization.

Sasiwan Srikaew, BSc

Administrative Assistant

is an administrative assistant. She has many years of administration experience in a pharmaceutical company. She is in charge of all administration and procurement.

Chutima Saisaengjan, BSc.

Pediatric Program Manager

is the Pediatric Program Manager. She has over twenty years of experience working with a non-governmental organization in child psychology. She has participated in developing and providing trainings on the National Psychosocial Guidelines on children and youth living with HIV. She is responsible for overall management of the Pediatric program.

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