Faculty of Science at Kasetsart University or Sci@KU have main policy to enhance research quality up to international excellence. We are doing research covering various areas and expertise from mathematics to computer sciences, biological to physical sciences, basic to applied sciences, and frontier to innovation researches. We have dedicated scientists to create novel ideas and ready to extend the know-how. We facilitate well-equipped central laboratory with modern scientific instruments for in-housed and external service. We promote research network of domestic and international institutions both in academic and industrial linkages. We encourage staff/student exchanges, collaborative development of technology, and cooperation with industries. We are opening for research collaboration and seeking for motivated partners.

Our current research contribute into ten research clusters, namely 1) Agriculture and Food, 2) Biodiversity for Bioeconomy, 3) Biotechnology and Bioenergy, 4) Medical Science and Health, 5) Omics and System Biology, 6) Drug Discovery and Natural Products, 7) Computer and Data Science, 8) Smart Sensors 9) Material and Polymer Science, and 10) Earth Science. The details for each research cluster are described as follows:


Research Clusters

1. Agriculture and Food

  • Molecular biology and genetic engineering: crop improvement, GMOs
  • Plant-microbe interaction: crop improvement, disease protection
  • Bio-agents: bio-stimulant, bio-fertilizer, bio-tolerant, bio-control
  • Medicinal plants: bio-control
  • Microbiome: plants, animals, insects, and soil
  • Food flavor and additives
  • Smart sensors for agriculture and food (see Smart Sensors)

2. Biodiversity for Bioeconomy

  • New species: plants, animals, insects, microbes
  • Bioindicators: plants, insects
  • Population and developmental genetics: animals, aquaculture

3. Biotechnology and Bioenergy

  • Fermentation technology
  • Genetic/protein engineering
  • Biotechnology products: enzymes, functional peptides, lipids, active substances
  • Bioethanol: plants and microbes
  • Bioenergy: oil palms

4. Medical Science and Health

  • Cancer research
  • Microbiome for health of human and animals
  • Vaccines: farm animals and aquaculture
  • Biological test kits: allergy test kit
  • Active ingredients for skincare: snail mucus, golden cordyceps

5. Omics and Systems Biology

  • Genomics, Meta-genomics
  • Transcriptomics, Meta-transcriptomics
  • Peoteomics, Peptidomics, Secretomics
  • Translatomics
  • Metabolomics
  • System biology

6. Drug Discovery and Natural Products

  • Manipulation of biosynthetic pathway for drug discovery: microbes
  • Natural product discovery: medicinal plants, microbes
  • Drug synthesis and structural modification

7. Computer and Data Science

  • Big data analysis
  • Robotic
  • Advanced statistics

8. Smart Sensors

Smart sensors for agriculture and food:

  • Portable formalin gun
  • Salt smart spatula and online application
  • Internet of Things (IoT) furniture for automatic growing plants and aquatic animals.

9. Material Science and Polymer

  • New rubber based product
  • Rubber quality measurement
  • Artificial bones
  • Catalysts for bioplastics

10. Earth Science

  • Appraisal of rocks, minerals, and gemstones
  • Ground water management
  • Exploration: cave, hot spring, rivers, water resources
  • Science-based ecotourism

Research Grants/Funding

The Faculty of Science allocates research grants/funding for promoting academic and research activities as follows:

Internal funding

  • ISB (ISB-International SciKU Branding)
  • PRF (Preproposal Research Fund)
  • BRC (Bilateral Research Cooperation)
  • Visiting Professor Program

External funding

  • TRF
  • NRCT

Research Awards

  • Internal awards
    • Faculty of Science
  • External awards

Literacy research, ethics and social responsibility

  • Plant Varieties Protection Act
  • Animal Varieties Protection Act
  • Restrictions on Genetically Modified Organisms
Pushing towards the research utilization and innovation activities of faculty members for the community and society based on the creation of brand “Sci. KU Innovation Forum”. So, the networks between Sci. KU researcher and stakeholder in the related fields, such as industrial or government stakeholder, have been established. The strategies of Kasetsart University and Thailand for 20 years are supported in order to develop the innovation for our value-based economy. Science, technology and innovation can be employed to create the added value in Thai products. These new products are very important for our country, they will help us to escape from the middle-income trap and stimulate sustainable growth and competitiveness within our economy.

Industrial and Government Networks

IRC
List of MOU
List of exchange program

International Networking

Activities of international academic exchange of faculty members and students to produce joint research projects and share teaching and research resources, have been developed with the following universities:

  • Curtin University of Technology, Australia
  • Innsbruck University, Austria
  • University of Vienna, Austria
  • Hubei Academy of Agricultural Science (HAAS), China
  • Université Bordeaux1, France
  • Gutenberg University Mainz, Germany
  • University of Bonn, Germany
  • University of Karlsruhe, Germany
  • Osaka University, Japan
  • RIKEN (The Institute of Physical and Chemical Research), Japan
  • Tohoku University, Japan
  • University of Porto, Portugal
  • Uppsala University, Sweden
  • University of Bristol, U.K.
  • University of Stratheclyde, U.K.
  • Oregon State University, U.S.A.
  • Washington University at St.Louis, U.S.A.