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Thanda Wai

Thanda Wai, American government agency administrator. Registered practitioner United States Patent and Trademark Office. Graduate summer acceleration fellow Michigan State University, 1993, Patricia Roberts Harris fellow, 1989-1991, University Cincinnati, 1980-1981.


  • Wai, Thanda was born on May 17, 1958 in Rangoon, Burma. Daughter of Tha Gyaw Wai and Mya Thanda Poe.

  • Education

    • Bachelor of Science, McGill University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada, 1980. Master of Science, University Cincinnati, 1984. Doctor of Philosophy, Michigan State University, 1994.


    • Graduate research and teaching assistant University Cincinnati, 1980-1984. Research associate Abbott Laboratories, Abbott Park, Illinois, 1984-1989. Graduate research assistant Michigan State University, East Lansing, 1989-1994.

      Postdoctoral fellow, molecular biologist USDA-Agricultural Research Service, Beltsville, Maryland, 1994-1995. Patent examiner in complex biotechnology United States Patent and Trademark Office, Arlington, Virginia, 1995-1998. Patent advisor USDA-Agricultural Research Service, Albany, California, 1998-2001.

      Intellectual property rights specialist International Rice Research Institute (IRRI), Manila, since 2001.

    Major achievements

    • Registered practitioner United States Patent and Trademark Office.


    • Contributor articles to professional journals.


    Member science committee, judge Bay Area Science Fair, since 2000. Member Asian Pacific American Network in Agriculture, American Phytopathol. Society, Association University Technology Managers, Northern California Pharmaceutical Discussion Group, Bay Area BioSci.



    Travel, museums.


    • father: Tha Gyaw Wai
    • mother: Mya Thanda Poe
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    Born March 17, 1958
    (age 58)
    • 1980
      McGill University
    • 1984
      University Cincinnati
    • 1994
      Michigan State University
    • 1980 - 1984
      Graduate research and teaching assistant, University Cincinnati
    • 1984 - 1989
      research associate, Abbott Laboratories
      Illinois, United States
    • 1989 - 1994
      graduate research assistant, Michigan State University
      East Lansing, Michigan, United States
    • 1994 - 1995
      postdoctoral fellow
      Beltsville, Maryland, United States
    • 1995 - 1998
      patent examiner in complex biotechnology United States Patent and Trademark Office
      Arlington, Virginia, United States
    • 1998 - 2001
      patent advisor, The United States Department of Agriculture - Agricaltural Research Service
      Albany, New York, United States
    • 2001
      intellectual property rights specialist, International Rice Research Institute (IRRI)
      Manila, Philippines, Philippines
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