Life as a visiting researcher at Pasteur Institute
Can you tell us a little about yourself?
My name is Ken from Bangkok, Thailand. I am a medicinal chemist at BIOTEC and I have worked on infectious disease and drug discovery for four years. I do like a history of medicine and how they were discovered and developed. I enjoy living in a metropolis and obviously, Paris is one of my dream destinations.
What were you working on at Pasteur?
I worked with Sylvie Pochet on the project of developing nucleoside analogs against parasitic diseases. I learned and hand-on practiced nucleoside chemistry. Within the first three months, I made a 16-step synthetic compound (the longest synthesis steps in my life!).
Ken and Sylvie in her office
What were your expectations and goals?
Long and great history of nucleoside chemistry from Pasteur has been contributed to the scientific community. I believe that learning from the expert, Sylvie Pochet, is a key to success in a short time. At Pasteur, I did not only learn from the great scientists in Franch, but I also worked with them. How amazing!
What were the best experiences you made here?
Working at the prestigious research institution showed me how to improve myself and my research team. The environment in research institutions, both NSTDA and Pasteur, is quite different from a university in many aspects, such as a diversity of people, research aims, management, social engagement, and so on. I believe that I will apply what I experienced to make a benefit to NSTDA in the future.
How did you enjoy Paris/France? What did you do here beyond research?
Foods, parks, and museums are what I enjoyed in Paris. Food culture in Franch is unique and I do understand why France is called the kitchen of the world. I walked to the parks almost every week. Most of my time there, the weather was great, except during heatwave attacked for a few days in mid-June. At the Park, I often brought some fruits, books, and wines along with me. My favorite park is Parc Mansouri where I just walked there within 5 minutes from my dorm. Lastly, I explored lots of museums and I would like to recommend to the City of Science and Industry and Atelier des Lumières for your visit.
Giving at talk before leaving.
My colleagues in the laboratory.