Thanawat Assawariyathipat is the Senior Microscopist based at the IDDO Asia Regional Centre. He joined the WorldWide Antimalarial Research Network (WWARN), now part of the IDDO platform, in September 2014. Based in Bangkok, Thailand, Thanawat works with setting up a malaria microscopy reference laboratory and with quality assurance activities. Thanawat has extensive experience in microscopy; he is a WHO-certified Malaria Microscopist Expert and he previously worked for three years as a Research Medical Technologist for the Armed Forces Research Institute of Medical Sciences (AFRIMS) in Thailand. Thanawat completed a BSc in Science at the Mahidol University in Thailand.