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Cheewin Kittikunapong

Doctoral Researcher, Representative - iGEM FoundationFrom Gothenburg, Sweden

Cheewin is a doctoral researcher in the Division of Systems and Synthetic Biology at Chalmers University of Technology in Gothenburg, Sweden. His research focuses on the computational modelling and engineering of microbial cell factories in bio-based manufacturing of high-value products for the bio-economy. In addition, he also utilises data science and modelling approaches to further improve probiotic design for the human gut microbiota to improve modern therapeutics. Prior to his current position, Cheewin won the gold medal prize in the International Genetically Engineered Machine (iGEM) competition with The University of Edinburgh team to sustainably produce bio-plastics from local Scottish whisky by-products using engineered bacteria. Aspiring to contribute towards the development of the biotechnology ecosystem in Thailand and Southeast Asia, Cheewin now represents the iGEM Foundation to spark conversations in the community about the emerging discipline of synthetic biology. As an interdisciplinary field increasingly accelerated by the latest developments in high-throughput technologies and lowered costs of DNA sequencing and synthesis, synthetic biology is primed to engage stakeholders globally in developing sustainable applications for the most pressing issues around the world.