e-mail : Sarisa.N@chula.ac.th
Phone : 662 218 7159


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. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0203020.

Grants, Awards and Recognition

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