Dr. Benjaporn Homkajorn Songvasin
Name: Dr. Benjaporn Homkajorn Songvasin
Office address: Research Laboratory of Pharmacology, Chulabhorn Research Institute, 54 Kamphaeng Phet 6 Talat Bang Khen, Lak Si, Bangkok 10210, Thailand
Tel: +662-5538555 (ext. 3166)
Position: Research scientist, Research Laboratory of Pharmacology, Chulabhorn Research Insitute
E-mail: [email protected]
My research focus is on neurobiology study of affecting brain cells both in vitro and in vivo upon the progression of neurodegenerative diseases. I also experienced in development of novel non-viral/antibody based technology for drug and gene delivery into the brain. At Chulabhorn Research Institute, my main research aim is to investigate neuroprotective effects of Thai medicinal plants on acute and chronic brain disorders. Long-term damage of brain cells would possibly lead to the development of neurodegenerative diseases such as stroke, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases. An expected outcome to pursue this aim is for the further development of alternative therapy of active compounds deriving from readily available Thai plants.
Education and Degrees
Doctor of Philosophy; Flinders University, Adelaide, South Australia (July 2008 – December 2011)
Master of Biotechnology Studies, upgraded to Ph.D program; Flinders University, Adelaide, South Australia (July 2006 – July 2008)
Bachelor of Science (Biotechnology); Mahidol University, Bangkok, Thailand (June 2002 – July 2006)
Chulabhom Graduate Institue Environmental Toxicology Course: Integrated Life Sciences (0301501): The central nervous system (motor and sensory systems)-special lecturer
2016; The 8th Princess Chulabhorn International Science Congress (poster presentation): Pairor S, Homkajorn B, Watcharasit P, Satayavivad J.
2014; The 4th Junior International Conference on Cutting-Edge Organic Chemistry in Asia (poster presentation): Homkajorn B, Khunnawutmanotham N, Chimnoi N, Ruchirawat S, Thasana N.
2021; the 24th Thai Neuroscience Society Conference 2021 – Transdisciplinary neuroscience research and Innovation (oral presentation; Targeted DNA drug delivery into thebrain; in vitro and in vivo studies in astrocytes:) Homkajorn B.
2018; Center of Excellence on Environmetal Health and Toxicology 2018 (poster presentation;Arsenic exposure alters mitochondrial activity, mitochondrial biogenesis and mitochondrial membrane potential in rat cortical astrocyte cultures): Pairor S, Homkajorn B, Watcharasit P, Satayavivad j.
2017; The 8th National Conference in Toxicology (NCT8) (poster presentation; insulin signaling impairment by arsenic treatment): Homkajorn B, Phetsuk N, Pairor S, Watcharit P, Satayavivad j.
2017; The 8th National Conference in Toxicology (NCT8) (poster presentation; Insulin promotes cell proliferation in rat cortical astrocytes): Homkajorn B, Phetsuk N, Pairor S, Watcharasit P, Satayavivad J.
Pairor S, Homkajorn B, Niyomchan A, Suntararuks S, Watcharasit P*, SatayavivadJ. Increase of glycogen storage by sodium arsenite in rat cortical astrocytes through glycogen synthase activation and its association to toxicity. Toxicol Environ Health Sci. 2021;13(2):153-63.
Sritana N, Suriyo T, Kanitwithayanun J, Homkajorn B, Thiantanawat A, Satayavivad J*. Glyphosate induces growth of estrogen receptor alpha positive cholangiocarcinoma cells via non-genomic estrogen receptor/ERK1 / 2 signaling pathway. Food Chem Toxicol. 2018;118:595-607.
Niyomchan A, Watcharasit P*, Visitnonthachai D, Homkajorn B, Thiantanawat A, Satayavivad J. Insulin attenuates arsenic-induced neurite outgrowth impairments by activating the Pl3K/Akt/SIRT1 signaling pathway. Toxicol Lett. 2015;236(3):138-44.
Homkajorn B, Sims NR, Muyderman H. Connexin 43 regulates astrocytic migration and proliferation in response to injury. Neurosci Lett. 2010; 486(3):197-201.
Muyderman H, Yew WP, Homkajorn B, Sims NR. Astrocytic responses to DNA delivery using nucleofection. Neurochem Res. 2010: 35(11):1771-9.