PhD student profile: Dr Pimduen Rungsiyakull
10 July 2009
I obtained my bachelors degree (Doctor of Dental Surgery) with honors in 2001 from Chiang Mai University, Thailand. After my graduation I worked as a lecturer in Department of Prosthodontic, Faculty of Dentistry, Chiang Mai University for three years. My valuable experience has begun after I had been awarded scholarship from Royal Thai Government to pursue my master and doctorate degree overseas.
Sydney University has a very impressive reputation and track record to match. Having attended prosthodontic candidate week as part of candidate selection for the degree of Master of Dental Sciences (prosthodontics), I was also inspired by the warm and welcoming atmosphere on campus. During the three years of MDSc (pros) course I gained a lot of experiences in clinical training with clinical mentor supervision and expanded my research skills under Professor Iven Klineberg. The course also provided me an opportunity to attend national and international conferences and relevant continuing educations. Fortunately, my other two colleagues, Dr.Ben Lee and Dr.Tuan Dao, and I won first prize in the student poster research competition at the 12th International Meeting of the International College of Prosthodontics held in Fukuoka, Japan in 2007.
After graduating my master degree in coursework, I chose to embark on a PhD in Biomaterials relating to implantology to build on the knowledge as well as to develop the research skills that I gained from previous academic study. Being based in Biomaterial Research Unit here under supervision of Professor Micheal Swain I am fortunate to have access to up-to-date and relevant research for recognized and respected funding such as Australian Society of Osseointegration (AOS). Furthermore, I won the scholarship from the AOS for my postgraduate research support. Other privileged experience for me was an opportunity to be a part-time clinical educator, mentoring undergraduate student for BDent3 course.
Following the completion of my PhD study I am hoping to stay within academic area as a lecturer and researcher at Chiang Mai University, and collaborate dental teams in the Faculty of Dentistry in Thailand and overseas to create some of the beneficial knowledge that may offer new trends in Dentistry.