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Personnel Profile

Montamas Suntravat, NNTRC Research Scientist

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Education

Bachelor of Science in Medical Technology (2000)

  • Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, Thailand

  • GPA: 3.53

Doctor of Philosophy in Medical Microbiology (2009)

  • Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, Thailand

  • GPA: 4.00

  • Thesis project: “Effect of RVV-X and RVV-X-specific antivenom on renal functions and coagulopathy in rats”

  • Spent one year in the National Natural Toxins Research Center at Texas A&M University-Kingsville conducting scientific research on venom research, writing progress reports, attending weekly laboratory meetings, presenting seminars (February 2009-January 2010)

Experience

Researcher

  • Department of Microbiology, Faculty of Science, Mahidol University, Bangkok, Thailand (September 2004-December 2005)

  • Laboratory of Immunology, Chulabhorn Research Institute, Bangkok, Thailand (January 2006-June 2006)

  • Visiting Scientist at the National Natural Toxins Research Center at Texas A&M University (February 2009-January 2010)

  • Snake bite and Venom Research Unit, Faculty of Medicine, Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, Thailand (January 2010-November 2010)

  • Conducting biomedical research in the National Natural Toxins Research Center at Texas A&M University-Kingsville (January 2011-present).

Certifications and Training:

  • Participated in a three-month Medical Technologist training program at Nopparat Rajathanee Hospital, Bangkok, Thailand (1998)
  • Participated in a four-month Medical Technologist training program sponsored by Professional Laboratory Management Corp. CO. LTD., Bangkok, Thailand (2000)
  • Certified Medical Technologist, Thailand (2000)
  • Hazard Communication/Laboratory Safety Training Session, Texas A&M University-Kingsville, USA (2009)
  • Mentor for undergraduate students in the Ronald E. McNair Scholars Summer Research program at Texas A&M University-Kingsville (2009)
  • Attended Professional Grant Development Workshop at Texas A&M University-Kingsville (2011)

Laboratory Skills & Experience

  • Isolation of mRNA and DNA
  • Construction of cDNA library from Crotalus adamanteus snake venom gland
  • DNA cloning
  • Polymerase Chain Reaction
  • Protein expression, Protein purification by High performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) techniques
  • Mass spectrometry
  • Western blot analysis
  • ELISA
  • SDS-polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis (SDS-PAGE)
  • Agarose gel electrophoresis
  • Antivenom production and purification
  • Numerous biological assays for screening venoms including anticoagulant and procoagulant assays
  • Platelet aggregation assays
  • Capillary electrophoresis
  • Electrophoretic titration
  • Histopathological techniques
  • Tissue culture techniques
  • Drawing blood
  • Working knowledge of dissection rat kidneys and renal hemodynamics and functions.

Honors

  • Received first class honor for Ph.D. poster presentation at the eleventh Royal Golden Jubilee-Ph.D. Congress, which was held in Pattaya, Thailand, April 1-3, 2010.
  • Academic honors award for the highest score in Hematology, Faculty of Allied Health Sciences, Chulalongkorn University, Thailand (2000)
  • Academic honors award for the highest score in Immunology, Faculty of Allied Health Sciences, Chulalongkorn University, Thailand (2000)
  • Received scholarship for five years from the Royal Golden Jubilee Ph.D. program, Thailand (2000-2005)
  • Received scholarship for one year from the Chulalongkorn University 90th Anniversary Fund, Thailand (2007-2008).

Lectures/ Presentations

Invited Lectures

  • Microbiology and Parasitology for Nurses, Christian University, Thailand (June 2010-September 2010).
  • Microbiology and Parasitology for Nurses (International Program, English language), Christian University, Thailand (June 2010-September 2010).
  • General Biology I, Texas A&M University-Kingsville, Kingsville, Texas, USA (September, 2011).
  • General Biology I (Honor), Texas A&M University-Kingsville, Kingsville, Texas, USA (September, 2011).

Poster Presentations (English)

  • Montamas Suntravat, Issarang Nuchprayoon. Molecular cloning and expression of Factor X activator of Daboia russellii siamensis. The Fifth Princess Chulabhorn International Science Congress-Evolving genetics and its global impact. August 16-20, 2004. Bangkok, Thailand.
  • Montamas Suntravat, Issarang Nuchprayoon. Effect of Russell’s viper coagulation factor X activator (RVV-X) from Daboia russellii siamensis venom on coagulopathy in rats. The 8TH IST - ASIA PACIFIC Meeting on Animal, Plant and Microbial Toxins. December 2-6, 2008. Hanoi, Vietnam.
  • Montamas Suntravat, Issarang Nuchprayoon, Tracey Alvarado, Pérez JC. Comparative study of anticoagulant and procoagulant properties of 28 snake venoms from families Elapidae, Viperidae, and purified Russell’s viper venom-factor X (RVV-X) activator. Viper day. January 22, 2010. Texas A&M University-Kingsville, Texas, USA.
  • Montamas Suntravat, Mariem Yusuksawad, Issarang Nuchprayoon. Effect of Russell’s viper venom-factor X activator (RVV-X) from Daboia russellii siamensis venom on renal hemodynamics in Sprague-Dawley rats. The eleventh RGJ-Ph.D. Congress (RGJ-Ph.D. Congress XI). April 1-3, 2010. Pattaya, Thailand.
  • Montamas Suntravat, Issarang Nuchprayoon. Cross reactivity of two polyclonal antibodies specific to recombinant Russell’s viper venom-factor X activator (RVV-X) heavy chain and light chain against Cryptelytrops albolabris and Calloselasma rhodostoma venoms. The 14TH International Congress of Immunology. August 22-27, 2010. Kobe, Japan.

Publications

  • Nuchprayoon S, Sanprasert V, Suntravat M, Kraivichian K, Saksirisampant W, Nuchprayoon I. Study of specific IgG subclass antibodies for diagnosis of Gnathostoma spinigerum. Parasitol Res. 2003 Sep; 91(2): 137-143.

  • Suntravat M, Nuchprayoon I, Pérez JC. Comparative study of anticoagulant and procoagulant properties of 28 snake venoms from families Elapidae, Viperidae, and purified Russell’s viper venom-factor X (RVV-X) activator. Toxicon. 2010 Sep 15; 56(4): 544-553.

  • Suntravat M, Nuchprayoon I. Recombinant Russell’s viper venom-factor X activator (RVV-X)-specific antibody: neutralization and cross-reactivity with Cryptelytrops albolabris and Calloselasma rhodostoma venoms. Asain Biomedicine. 2011 Jun; 5(3): 371-379.

  • Suntravat M, Yusuksawad M, Sereemaspun A, Pérez JC, Nuchprayoon I. Effect of Russell’s viper venom-factor X activator (RVV-X) on DIC, renal hemodynamics and function, and histopathology. . Toxicon. 2011 Sep; 58(3): 230-238.

  • Khunsap S, Pakmanee N, Khow O, Chanhome L, Sitprija V, Suntravat M, Lucena SE, Perez JC, Sánchez EE.. Purification of a phospholipase A2 from Daboia russelii siamensis venom with anticancer effects. Submitted to Journal of Venom Research. 2011.

  • Suntravat M, Ying J, Lucena SE, Sánchez EE, Pérez JC. cDNA cloning of a snake venom metalloproteinase from the eastern diamondback rattlesnake (Crotalus adamanteus), and the expression of its disintegrin domain with anti-platelet effects. Toxicon 2013 Jan; (64) 43-54.

Grants

  • Grant from the College of Art and Sciences Faculty Research and Scholarly Activity Awards program, Texas A&M University-Kingsville for the research project: “Purification, cloning, and expression of disintegrins from Crotalus adamanteus cDNA libraries” (2010)

Contact Information

National Natural Toxins Research Center
975 W. Avenue B, Kleberg Hall Rm#105
MSC Texas A&M University-Kingsville
Kingsville, Texas 78363-8202
voice: (361) 593-3794
fax:
email: montamas.suntravat@tamuk.edu
Personal Website:

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