History of BMB
The Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Section, originally named "The Biochemistry Section" is an academic extension of the Science Society of Thailand (STT). It was founded in 1973 by a group of scientists and lectures from several academic institutes in this field, namely Dr. Serene Vimokesant Piboonniyom (Department of Biochemistry, Faculty of Science, Mahidol University), Dr. Pradit Cheawsakul (National Research Council), Dr. Sanong Unakul, MD (Faculty of Medicine, Siriraj Hospital, Mahidol University), Dr. Krisna Chutima (Faculty of Science, Kasetsart University), Dr. Kamchad Mongkolkul (Faculty of Science, Chulalongkorn University), and Dr. Prachote Plengwittaya (Faculty of Pharmacy, Chulalongkorn University). The Section aims to promote growth and development of Biochemistry in Thailand, stimulate knowledge sharing and strengthen the Thai biochemical community. Dr. Serene Piboonniyom was the first Chair. The Section gained its new name as the Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Section or BMB in 2001. For more than 4 decades, the Section has actively played its role in promoting and supporting growth and development of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology in our country. BMB has collaborated with various biochemical organizations in holding the national and international symposia, specific meetings, seminars, workshop and specific educational events. BMB also awards outstanding scientists and young scientists in this field and sponsors fellowships for young and active members to participate in national STT Congress, BMB Conferences and also FAOBMB Conference/Congress.
The Section is internationally recognized as a Constituent Member of the Federation of Asian and Oceanian Biochemists and Molecular Biologists (FAOBMB) and an Adhering Body of International Union of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (IUBMB). Several BMB Chairs have also played active roles in these international organization, namely Prof. Serene Vimokesant (FAOB Treasurer,1977-1980), Prof. Montri Chulavatanatol (FAOBMB Fellowship Chair, 1987-1989), Prof. M.R. Jisnuson Svasti (FAOBMB Treasurer, 1980-1986; President, 1990-1992), Prof. Piamsook Pongsawasdi (FAOBMB Fellowship Chair, 2009-2013; Treasurer, 2014-2016).