Kunlaya Somboonwiwat, Associate Professor, Ph.D.

Kunlaya Somboonwiwat, Associate Professor, Ph.D.

B.Sc.,  Chulalongkorn University 
Ph.D., Chulalongkorn University

Office: Room 719, Science 10 Building 
Phone: 662-218-5438
Fax:      662-218-5514
Email:  kunlaya.s@chula.ac.th


2005-2006 Researcher, Shrimp Molecular Biology and Genomics Laboratory, Department of Biochemistry, Faculty of Science, Chulalongkorn University
2006-2010 Lecturer, Department of Biochemistry, Faculty of Science, Chulalongkorn University
2010-present Assistant Professor, Department of Biochemistry, Faculty of Science, Chulalongkorn University


1990-1994          B.Sc. (2nd Class Honor in Biochemistry), Chulalongkorn University
2000-2005          Ph.D.  (Biochemistry), Chulalongkorn University


  • Functional characterization of immunerelated gene in shrimp 
  • Mechanism of action of shrimp antimicrobial peptide

Areas of Expertise     Molecular Biology, Transcriptomics, Proteomics, Shrimp Immunity

Scholarship, Fellowship and Award:

2015                   2015 Outstanding Royal Golden Jubilee Alumni Award (in Biological Science) 
2015                   Young Researcher Award 2014 in Science and Technology Ratchadaphiseksomphot Endowment Fund, Chulalongkorn University
2015                   Mid-carrerResearcher Award 2015 in Biological Science, Faculty of Science, Chulalongkorn  University
2014                   Hitachi Research Fellowship
2012                   Outstanding Poster Presentation, The 13th FAOBMB Congress, Bangkok, Thailand
2011                   Best Poster Award, The International Symposium on Muscle Biochemistry, Tokyo, Japan
2010                   Young Researcher Award, Faculty of Science, Chulalongkorn University
2010                   Second prize for oral award in the 9th International Marine Biotechnology Conference
2008                   2008 Australian Scholarships “Endeavour Research Fellowship”
2007                   The KSBMB travel award/fellowship for the 19th FAOBMB Seoul Conference
2000-2005          Royal Golden Jubilee Ph.D. Program Scholarship for Ph.D. degree, Thailand Research Fund,                            Thailand   
2005                   International Marine Biotechnology Conference. “Financial Assistance to Young Scientists” (2005)2005         Outstanding Thesis Award 2005, Department of Biochemistry, Faculty of Science, Chulalongkorn                            University

Recent Publication


  • Methatham, T., Boonchuen, P., Jaree, P., Tassanakajon, A., Somboonwiwat, K.(2017) Antiviral action of the antimicrobial peptide ALFPm3 from Penaeusmonodon against whitespot syndrome virus. Developmental and Comparative Immunology. 69, 23-32. [Impact Factor: 3.620]
  • Supungul, P., Jaree, P., Somboonwiwat, K., Junprung, W., Proespraiwong, P., Mavichak, R., Tassanakajon, A. (2017) A potential application of shrimp antilipopolysaccharide factor in disease control in aquaculture.Aquaculture Research. 48, 809–821. [Impact Factor: 1.606]
  • Kaewkascholkul N, Somboonviwat K, Asakawa S, Hirono I, Tassanakajon A, Somboonwiwat K. (2016) Shrimp miRNAs regulate innate immune response against white spot syndrome virus infection. Developmental and Comparative Immunology. 60, 191-201.[Impact Factor: 3.620]
  • Jaree P, Senapin S, Hirono I, Lo CF, Tassanakajon A, Somboonwiwat K.(2016) WSV399, a viral tegument protein, interacts with the shrimp protein PmVRP15 to facilitateviral trafficking and assembly. Developmental and Comparative Immunology. 59, 177-185.[Impact Factor: 3.620]
  • Tassanakajon, A., Somboonwiwat, K., Amparyup, P. (2015) Sequence diversity and evolution of antimicrobial peptides in invertebrates. Developmental and Comparative Immunology. 48(2), 324–341.Review Article [Impact Factor: 3.705]
  • Suraprasit, S., Methatham, T., Jaree, P., Phiwsaiya, K., Senapin, S., Hirono, I., Lo, CF., Tassanakajon, A., Somboonwiwat, K. (2014). Anti-lipopolysaccharide factor isoform 3 from Penaeusmonodon (ALFPm3) exhibits antiviral activity by interacting with WSSV structural proteins. Antiviral Research. 110:142-150.[Impact Factor: 3.434]
  • Vatanavicharn, T., Prapavorarat, A., Jaree, P., Somboonwiwat, K., Tassanakajon, A. (2014). PmVRP15, a novel viral responsive protein from the black tiger shrimp, Penaeusmonodon, promoted white spot syndrome virus replication. PLoS One. 9(3):e91930. [Impact Factor: 3. 534]
  • Wetsaphan, N., Rimphanitchayakit, V., Tassanakajon, A., Somboonwiwat, K. (2013). PmSERPIN3 from black tiger shrimp Penaeusmonodon is capable of controlling the proPO system. Developmental and Comparative Immunology. 41(2):110-119.  [Impact Factor: 3. 705]
  • Tassanakajon, A., Somboonwiwat, K., Supungul, P., Tang, S. (2013). Discovery of immune molecules and their crucial functions in shrimp immunity. Fish and Shellfish Immunology. 34(4):954-967.Review Article [Impact Factor: 3. 034]
  • Jaree, P., Tassanakajon, A., Somboonwiwat, K. (2012). Effect of the anti-lipopolysaccharide factor isoform 3 (ALFPm3) from Penaeusmonodon on Vibrio harveyi cells. Developmental and Comparative Immunology. 38(4):554-560. [Impact Factor: 3. 238]
  • Chaikeeratisak, V., Somboonwiwat, K., Wang, HC., Lo, CF., Tassanakajon, A. (2012). Proteomic analysis of differentially expressed proteins in the lymphoid organ of Vibrio harveyi-infected Penaeusmonodon. Molecular Biology Reports 39(5): 6367-6377. [Impact Factor: 2. 506]
  • Chaikeeratisak, V., Somboonwiwat, K., Tassanakajon, A. (2012). Shrimp alpha-2-macroglobulin prevents the bacterial escape by inhibiting fibrinolysis of blood clots. PLoS One. 7(10):e47384. [Impact Factor: 3.73]
  • Ponprateep, S., Tharntada, S., Somboonwiwat, K., Tassanakajon. (2012). A. Gene silencing reveals a crucial role for anti-lipopolysaccharide factors from Penaeusmonodon in the protection against microbial infections. Fish and Shellfish Immunology. 32(1): 29-34. [Impact Factor: 2.964]
  • Tassanakajon, A., Amparyup, P., Somboonwiwat, K., Supungul, P. (2010). Cationic antimicrobial peptides in penaeid shrimp. Marine Biotechnology 12: 487-505. [Impact Factor: 2.962]
  • Homvises, T., Tassanakajon, A., Somboonwiwat, K. (2010). Penaeusmonodon SERPIN, PmSERPIN6, is implicated in the shrimp innate immunity. Fish and Shellfish Immunology. 29: 890-898. [Impact Factor: 2. 892]
  • Somboonwiwat, K., Chaikeeratisak, V., Wang, H.C., Fang Lo, C., Tassanakajon, A. (2010).  Proteomic analysis of differentially expressed proteins in Penaeusmonodonhemocytes after Vibrio harveyi infection. Proteome Science. 8: Article Number 39. [Impact Factor: 2.56]
  • Ponprateep, S., Somboonwiwat, K., Tassanakajon, A. (2009). Recombinant anti-lipopolysaccharide factor isoform 3 and the prevention of vibriosis in the black tiger shrimp, Penaeusmonodon. Aquaculture. 289: 219-224.  [Impact Factor: 1.678]
  • Tharntada, S., Ponprateep, S., Somboonwiwat, K., Liu, H., Söderhäll, I., Söderhäll, K., Tassanakajon, A. (2009). Role of anti-lipopolysaccharide factor from the black tiger shrimp, Penaeusmonodon, in protection from white spot syndrome virus infection. Journal of General Virology. 90: 1491-1498. [Impact Factor: 3.092]
  • Tharntada, S., Somboonwiwat, K., Rimphanitchayakit, V., Tassanakajon, A. (2008). Anti-lipopolysaccharide factors from the black tiger shrimp, Penaeusmonodon, are encoded by two genomic loci. Fish and Shellfish Immunology. 24: 46-54. [Impact Factor: 3.16]
  • Somboonwiwat, K., Bachère, E., Rimphanitchayakit, V., Tassanakajon, A. (2008). Localization of anti-lipopolysaccharide factor (ALFPm3) in tissues of the black tiger shrimp, Penaeusmonodon, and characterization of its binding properties. Developmental and Comparative Immunology. 32: 1170-1176.  [Impact Factor: 3.155]