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CALS International Programs strengthening collaborations with Thailand

Sundaram Gunasekaran and John Ferrick meet with members of the Wisconsin Alumni Association of Thailand during their meeting at Mahidol University in Bangkok.

In July, CALS International Programs director Sundaram Gunasekaran and associate director John Ferrick visited Thailand to reconnect with UW alumni in Thailand to discuss current and future collaborations with Kasetsart University, Mae Fah Luang University, Mahidol University, Chulalongkorn University, and King Monkut’s Institute of Technology. Gunasekaran and Ferrick also visited with UW students taking a CALS microbiology course (Bacteriology 304) taught by Jon Roll at Mae Fah Luang in northern Thailand, as well as with four students doing research internships at Mahidol and Chulalongkorn in Bangkok.

During the visit, Gunasekaran gave a keynote talk at a research symposium held by the Kasetsart University Research and Development Institute. Among other initiatives discussed was the establishment of a microbiome international research network between Thai institutions and UW-Madison. Vichai Reutrakul, emeritus professor at Mahidol University and UW alumnus who helped facilitate the symposium, said he was excited “about working closely with the UW and CALS again.”

Please e-mail the CALS International Programs office at for more information about how you may explore collaborations opportunities with your Thai counterparts.