Chantana Aromdee

What is your current status position, and what do you do?
I am a retired Associate Professor at the Pharmaceutical Chemistry Department, Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Khon Kaen University (KKU).

Describe your study/employment pathway.
I was a drug analyst at the Department of Medicinal Sciences, Ministry of Public Health. Thailand, then moved to be a lecturer at KKU in 1988.

What has been your biggest challenge, career-wise?
I love research. Throughout my career, since I returned from Australia to Thailand in 1979, I devoted myself to do research even when we did not have any sophisticated instruments. I used my knowledge and experience I learned at UNSW to solve the problems in chemistry.

How have you used the skills/knowledge that you acquired, from studying chemistry?
In our research projects, I always took part in the chemistry aspect as well as the correlation between chemical structures and biological activities of new compounds; separation, identification and development of analytical methods for drugs and new chemical entities.

What are your interests outside of work?
Travelling, doing exercise (Body Combat, Body Jam, Zoomba, Yoga, Tai Chi and Swimming); drawing (not much nowadays); gardening around my little house; reviewing articles to be published for both Overseas and Thai Journals; and helping anybody who needs help, especially my former students.

What has helped you achieve a work-life balance?
I want to have good health both physically and mentally. Not to bother much on young generations.
Anything I can do to return what I got in my previous life to Thailand, and countries which provided me opportunities in life-long learning, to the society and young generation. I enjoy doing it.

What advice would you give to students starting their science careers?
Chemistry can answer nearly all the questions. Be rational and not bias. Your bias will affect the fact and mislead younger scientists. Search and proof for the fact by doing research.

Is there anything you would like to share?
Give attention in whatever you are doing. Have time to relax and enjoy yourself. Being able to discriminate what is good and what is bad in your life.

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