Sukuman Rittem

Sukuman Rittem

PhD student

Phone: +41 44 63 58 495

Room number: TBA 10.13

sukuman.rittem@uzh.ch

I graduated as Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (D.V.M) and have a master’s degree (M.S.) in agricultural biotechnology from Kasetsart University, Thailand. I acquired funding to attend the Enviro-vet Summer Institute course in 2010. Participating in this course in USA and Tanzania gave me a better understanding and the realization of the importance of ecosystem, conservation medicine and one health. During 2012 – 2017, I worked as a staff research veterinarian in the Monitoring and Surveillance Center for Zoonotic Disease in Wildlife and Exotic animals (MoZWE) at the Faculty of Veterinary Science, Mahidol University, Thailand. From this work, I gained experiences to conduct zoonoses and emerging disease surveillance and investigation in wildlife diseases. For example I conducted a leptospirosis survey in wild rodents, avian influenza monitoring in wild birds, zoonotic disease survey in flying foxes, cave bats, macaques, tigers and reptiles. Moreover, during this work, I had opportunities to facilitate and attend many one health related meetings and workshops in Thailand. Since 2017, I have been a lecturer at the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine and Applied Zoology, HRH Princess Chulabhorn College of Medical Science, Chulabhorn Royal Academy, Thailand. I have been granted a full scholarship from HRH Princess Chulabhorn College of Medical Science, Chulabhorn Royal Academy to participate in a PhD programme. I am determined to apply epidemiology and mathematic modelling to wildlife diseases, so I decided to do my PhD with the Epidemiology and Biostatistics program (Life Science Zurich Graduate School) at the University of Zurich. I enrolled for the program in February 2020 under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Paul R. Torgerson and Simon Rüegg and work on a project with participatory modelling to apply a one health approach to the challenge of human-monkey conflict in Thailand.