National Biobank of Thailand

National Biobank of Thailand (NBT) houses bioresources native to Thailand comprising microbes, plants, and animals.  NBT works closely with key stakeholders whose common mission is to conserve such important bioresources that are running a risk of extinction due to various threats from both human and changing environment.  We utilize cutting-edge technologies to promote the efficient conservation program of these organisms so that their restoration could be conducted effectively if needed.  Not only biospecimens are stored in our facilities, data and information associated with these materials are also continually curated and verified so that scientists can use them as references.  NBT actively promotes the use of digital platforms to collect and extract key findings that could facilitate research as well as businesses. 

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Sissades Tongsima, PhD

Director

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Vision

National Biobank of Thailand (NBT) supports infrastructure for the conservation of the biological resources of Thailand, and carries out research using advanced technology on the value and potential for development of biological resources from the genetic to the ecosystem level. Biomaterials collected and stored at Biobank are a vital platform for maintaining the current and future bio-economy of the kingdom

Mission

1. To support nation’s long-term conservation program including:

  • Plant conservation

  • Microbial reference portal

  • Animal conservation

          What do we store?

  • Wild endangered species: these organisms may not yet be proven to be valuable, but they could play key role, interacting with other organisms to balance the ecological system

  • Research species: these organisms may come from local wisdom/R&D or even those germplasms used in breeding programs that people spent significant budget, time, and effort to maintain and derive them.

2. To support and maintain bio-based digital platforms for sustainable use of nation’s bioresources including:

  • Biological databases and knowledge management

  • Computational infrastructures and bioinformatic tools

  • Specimen management systems

         Benefits for utilizing biodata

  • Value-added service: using reference data to verify identities of valuable bioresources via NBT comprehensive databases

  • New findings/business opportunities: harnessing genomic data via our computational platforms

  • Standardized biobanking services: maintaining high standard with our specimen management systems, procedures and other key protocols that help achieve the long-term conservation goals

Infrastructure

National Biobank of Thailand is infrastructure to support the long-term conservation of biological resources. Research to produce knowledge from integrating information and creating tools for sustainable use of information. As well as supporting the processing and management of Thai population genetic information

Plant Bank

Conserve wild plants and crop genetics

Staff

Srimek Chowpongpang, Ph.D.

Team Leader

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Microbe Bank

Conservation of bacteria and Archaea Actinomiesis, yeast, small fungi (miniature fungi, freshwater and marine fungi) and large fungi (xylaria and insecticidal fungi)

Staff

Satinee Suetrong, Ph.D.

Team Leader

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Data Bank

Manage in-depth knowledge of biological resources and Develop analytical tools and build knowledge to build on

Staff

Jittima Piriyapongsa, Ph.D.

Team Leader

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Genome Data Bank (50K GeTH) 

Processing and management of 50,000 Thai populations genetic data by establishing a data access system for research, develop standards of data and diagnostic tools. Create system for Security and maintaining data privacy of volunteers

Staff

Sissades Tongsima, Ph.D.

Principal Investigator 

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Technology supports the Mission