Personality of the Month

Personality of the Month

Our very first designee for “Personality of the Month” is Professor Theeraphap Chareonviriyaphap, and I have no doubt everyone will agree that this is a very appropriate person to honour for his outstanding services to medical entomology in the Asia Pacific region. Prof Theeraphap is Full Professor and Head of the Department of Entomology in the Faculty of Agriculture, Kasetsart University, Bangkok, Thailand. His work is focused on blood-sucking insects affecting humans and livestock.  His current research topics include bionomics of vectors of human and livestock diseases, vector incrimination and vector competence studies; vector behavior in response to insecticides used in control interventions and in response to the use of repellents and candidate botanicals; biochemical mechanisms of insecticide resistance and some studies on vector population genetics.  One of his major accomplishments is the patenting of the “Excito-Repellency Box” (PATENT N0. 19319 on Excito-Repellency Escape Chamber for Behavioral Test in Mosquito Vectors) which is considered as a highly useful tool in studying mosquito behavior involving different insecticides used in disease control programs. The Excito-repellency Box test is now considered one of the standard procedures in determining avoidance behavior of mosquito vectors to insecticides. He has produced numerous publications from that patent. His other work centered on mosquito behavior using the High Throughput Screening System (HITTS) and use of experimental huts.  Recently, Professor Theeraphap received the International Research Network (IRN) grant (Pest Insect and Arthropods in the Urban Settings) from the Thailand Research Fund (TRF).  The purpose of the IRN is to facilitate a coordinated approach among scientists and international development agencies to share the knowledge and identify opportunities for collaborations.  Prof Theeraphap has published more than 150 scientific papers in peer-reviewed journals and is the recipient of multiple awards in recognition of his scientific contributions, including an “Outstanding Achievement Award” from the Asian Society of Vector Ecology and Mosquito Control (2019), the Gold Medal for a mosquito repellent product (EUROINVENT – Romania, 2018), Gold Medal for Mosquito Repellant product (Association of European Inventors 2018), Special Honor Invention Prize for Mosquito Repellent (Toronto International Society of Innovations and Advanced Skills 2018)…the list goes on quite long! Quite aside from his productivity and high standard of excellence in his work, those of you who know him will agree that he has exceptional qualities of humility, quiet dignity, easy conversational ability, and a genuine willingness to support and assist wherever possible, with a highly professional approach and behaviour. Truly an exceptional person and he sets a very high standard for our “Personalities of the month” ahead! From all of us Prof Theeraphap, thank you for the inspiration and excellent example you set for our vector biology community!