Kasidet Manakongtreecheep

Kasidet Manakongtreecheep (JE ’18) is a Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry major, concentrating on his independent research on Iron-Sulfur cluster protein, under Dieter Söll’s laboratory. Kasidet was born in Thailand from parents of Chinese descent, before spending his high school years in New Zealand. Before coming to Yale, Kasidet spent his summer in Xiangya hospital in Hunan province, shadowing doctors and learning about the physician-patient relationship in China. He is a board member of Yale MedX, an intercollegiate organization that focuses on more holistic view to the traditional pre-med and pre-health tracks by incorporating disciplines that go beyond basic sciences and research. He is in charge of planning an externship to Chinese hospitals for students to learn about China’s healthcare system. Kasidet is also the President of the Thai students’ association at Yale and a violinist in Berkeley College orchestra. He is interested in the dynamic between patients and physicians and the causes for conflicts and misunderstandings that entail malpractice lawsuits, as well as the healthcare system and its impact in the health equity of the population. Kasidet spent last summer at Yale doing research internship and plans to spend the coming summer in China, studying intensive Chinese.


  • Doctor-Patient Relationship in China: Influence of Relatives and Social Media


    This summer, I conducted my fieldwork research at Xiangya hospital in Changsha, China, with two doctors, Dr. Peng Shifang and Dr. Li Yun. Both doctors were fellows at the Yale School of Public Health, under the Yale bioethics program. My research is centered around the doctor-patient conflict in China, which was caused by the distrust of doctors amongst the Chinese population and led to violence against doctors. My research aims to find some of the factors that lead to this climate of distrust, tension and animosity between doctors and patients, by looking into the role of relatives as well as the role of social media, and even censorship in developing this relationship.

Jonathan Edwards
Molecular Biophysics & Biochemistry