Dr. Wanlapa Roobsoong is a scientist in Mahidol Vivax Research Unit (MVRU). She has a Ph.D. in Medical Technology from Mahidol University. She leads a team in MVRU that focuses on G6PD deficiency and cell biology studies. Her research focuses on the molecular mechanism of gametocytogenesis and hypnozoite formation of P. vivax with an emphasis to discover new antimalarial drugs and vaccines. She led the invention of a product called Young Blood, a ready-to-use reticulocyte-like cell generated from immortalized erythroid progenitor. Young red blood cells are required for in vitro culture of P. vivax, which is crucial for drug and vaccine development.