Sarisa Na Pombejra, Lecturer, Ph.D.

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2017 Ph.D. in Microbiology, University of California, Davis, USA
2011 B.S. in Biology (first class honors), Mahidol University, THAILAND
Research Interest
- Molecular pathogenesis of infectious diseases
- Nanotechnology applications in drug development
- Natural sources of bioactive compounds for drug development
- Synthetic biology in therapeutics
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Selected Publications
  1. Vu K, Tham R, Uhrig J P, Thompson III G R, Na Pombejra S, Jamklang M, Bautos J M, Gelli A. Invasion of the central nervous system by Cryptococcus neoformans requires a secreted fungal metalloprotease. mBio. 2014; 5(3): 10.1128/mBio.01101-14.
  2. Na Pombejra S, Salemi M, Phinney BS, Gelli A. The metalloprotease, Mpr1, engages annexinA2 to promote the transcytosis of fungal cells across the blood-brain barrier. Frontiers in Cellular and Infection Microbiology. 2017; 7(296). doi: 10.3389/fcimb.2017.00296.
  3. Na Pombejra S, Jamklang M, Uhrig JP, Vu K, Gelli A. The structure-function analysis of the Mpr1 metalloprotease determinants of activity during migration of fungal cells across the blood-brain barrier. PLoS ONE. 2018; 13(8):e0203020.
Grants, Awards and Reconition

2017   Travel Award, The Medical Mycological Society of the Americas (MMSA), New Orleans, LA, USA

2016   Outstanding Poster Presentation, UC Davis Research Retreat on Host-Microbe Interaction, Granlibakken Conference Center, Tahoe City, CA, USA

2016   Outstanding Student Abstract at ASM Microbe 2016 in Boston, MA, USA, The American Society for Microbiology

2016   The ASM Student and Postdoctoral Travel Award, The American Society for Microbiology

2012- 2017    Ministry of Science and Technology Scholarship, The Royal Thai Government

2007- 2011    Young Scientist and Technologist Program (YSTP) for Undergraduate Students, National Science and Technology Development Agency, The Royal Thai Government

2004-2007     Mahidol Wittayanusorn School Scholarship, THAILAND