Dr Vanvimon Saksmerprome is currently a Principal Investigator at National Center for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology (BIOTEC), National Science and Technology Development Agency (NSTDA) Thailand. She studies RNA-based silencing and other nucleic acid-based technology for disease control of aquatic animals. For the past 10 years, she has run the RNA interference platform group for shrimp disease control at the Center of Excellence for Shrimp Molecular Biology and Biotechnology, a collaborative research unit between BIOTEC and Faculty of Science, Mahidol University. She and her group has engineered new host-factory organisms that are considered as ‘‘Generally Regarding As Safe (GRAS)’’ by the US Food and Drug Administration such as microalgae and probiotics for double-stranded RNA production. She received both national and international grants for early-career scientists since 2008, including International Foundation for Science Grants (2010 and 2013), and was recently awarded a Newton Advanced Fellowship to develop the nucleic acid-based antiviral technology for shrimp aquaculture. Dr Saksmerprome completed her Ph.D in Biochemistry from Indiana University and was postdoctoral fellow at University of Massachusetts Medical School.