Wej Choochote was born in 1954 at the town of Chai Nat, central Thailand. He went on to successfully complete a B.S. degree in medical technology in 1978 and an M.S. degree in tropical medicine in 1981, both from Mahidol University, Bangkok, Thailand. After graduating, Choochote became a Lecturer at the Department of Medical Entomology, Faculty of Tropical Medicine, Mahidol University and later lectured at the Department of Parasitology, Faculty of Medicine, Chiang Mai University (CMU), Chiang Mai, Thailand. He became a Professor of medical parasitology at CMU in 2006. His main interests are currently the research aspects of biology, taxonomy, and genetics of mosquito vectors and filariae, and the application of natural products for mosquito vector control. In 2001, he collaborated with Professor Hiroyuki Takaoka, the Head Department of Infectious Disease Control, Faculty of Medicine, Oita University, Japan in the research aspects of black fly fauna in Thailand. From 2001 to 2009, Choochote and his team discovered one new subgenus, thirty-one new species, and two new records of black flies in the genus Simulium Latreille (s.l). During this period, Choochote was invited to be a Member of the Japanese Society of Medical Entomology and Zoology, and in 2005 he was elected onto the Editorial Board of the Medical Entomology and Zoology. Since 1981, he has had a total of 196 published papers in national, foreign, and international journals, with at least 100 published manuscripts contributing to PubMed online. All these achievements have led to the award of a Ph.D. in medical science presented by Oita University, Oita, Japan in 2010.
Biography Updated on 5 January 2011