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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.


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.


  • Registered practitioner United States Patent and Trademark Office.


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.


  • Other Interests

    Travel, museums.


Tha Gyaw Wai

Mya Thanda Poe