Dr. Mary Janet M. Arnado (Sociology)

Known for her important research activities on Filipino women and migration, in the context of labor, marriage, and war, and in places such as Mindanao, Singapore and Germany. This award is in recognition of her exemplary works in science and technology. She employed qualitative methods to examine the experiences of oppression and agency of Filipina migrants in various circumstances of geographical movement.

Dr. Arnado’s current research examines the gendered uses of money among the Philippine indigenous communities, with emphasis on women’s economic (in)dependency from men. The project obtained funding from the University of California, Irvine.

Gayvelline C. Calacal (Molecular Biology)

In acknowledgment of her competence and achievements in the field of forensic studies, in particular, forensic DNA analysis and population genetics. Her commendable research activities and her involvement in forensic DNA typing have significantly helped the legal system in the resolution of civil and criminal cases.  She is also involved in human remains identification, underscoring the importance of establishing the identity of unknown victims, thus, providing closure to their families. Her superior works in the field is widely recognized by international and local scientific communities.

Ms. Calacal is continuing her advocacies to help others through her extensive research activities in forensics. She is presently a University Researcher under the DNA Analysis Laboratory, Natural Science Research Institute (NSRI) of the University of the Philippines, Diliman.

Dr. Alvin R. Caparanga  (Environmental Engineering)       

In acknowledgment of his important works and accomplishments in the areas of chemical thermodynamics and biosorption. His research undertaking on the physical and thermodynamic properties of new or alternative solvent systems contributed to the data bank of properties indispensable in the design of processes and equipment system for applications such as carbon dioxide absorption during its capture and sequestration. This was reported in many of the scientific and technical papers published in international peer-reviewed journals.

At present, Dr. Caparanga is the Subject Chair of the Chemical Engineering Division of the Mapua Institute of Technology. He is part of the team that studies to institute a program which aims to reduce the carbon footprint of the Mapua Institute of Technology campuses. He is also preparing several papers to be submitted for publication in international and local peer-reviewed journals. In line with his duty as Subject Chair for Chemical Engineering and Program Coordinator of M.S./ Ph.D. in Environmental Engineering, he is currently in talk with CYCU for the proposed dual degree graduate programs in chemical engineering and environmental engineering.

Von Mark V. Cruz, Ph.D  (Environmental Engineering)           

Celebrated for his important contributions and accomplishments in plant genetic resources conservation and management in the country and abroad.  He is lauded for his significant works in technology transfer activities of biotech crops.

Dr. Cruz is currently a Post-doctoral Research Geneticist at the USDA-ARS National Center for Genetic Resources Preservation (NCGRP) working on germplasm of Lesquerella, a promising industrial oilseed species in the Brassicaceae family. He is likewise assisting in a study aiming to identify patterns of variation to deduce the domestication of pears. His continued research efforts in his fields of specialization culminate in the advancement of scientific knowledge in the field of genetic resources conservation and management, and agriculture in general.

Dr. Fredegusto Guido P. David (Biomedical Engineering)         

For his excellent and extensive works in computational biomechanics, which utilizes mathematical modeling and computational methods to solve significant and pertinent medical and biological dilemmas. His pioneering works on the biomechanics of the lens capsule of the eye has significantly impacted the scientific community.

At present, Dr. David serves as an Associate Professor at the UPD Institute of Mathematics and Coordinator of the Computational Science Research Center of the College of Science. His interdisciplinary interests will bring together mathematicians, computer scientists, medical doctors and engineers in combating important and challenging biomedical problems.

Dr. Eric Galapon (Physics)           

For his outstanding achievements and accomplishments in the field of physics, specifically in theoretical physics.

Dr. Galapon’s technical expertise and tireless dedication in his profession earned him the repute of being one of the most active theoretical physicists in the country today, making him worthy of his acclaimed recognition.

Rachel June Ravago- Gotanco (Molecular Biology and Biotechnology)

For her pioneering works on DNA marker development and its application towards studies on the management, ecology and evolution of marine organisms. She was credited for her numerous scientific publications on the application of molecular genetics approaches to ecology, population genetics, biogeography and evolution of marine species.

She previously worked as a University Research Associate in UPD until 2006 working on research projects on the development of DNA-level markers for analysis of genetic variation and population genetic structure of several marine taxa. At present, she is completing her doctorate studies in Marine Science from UPD, supported by the Global Environment Fund-Coral Reef Targeted Research Program (GEF-CRTR).

Edsel Maurice T. Salvaña, MD, DTM&H (Tropical Medicine)

In recognition of his valuable and outstanding contributions in the area of tropical and travel medicine, as evidenced by his scholarly works on neurocysticercosis, lymphatic filariasis and schistosomiasis.

He has been a driving force in HIV/AIDS advocacy in the country, organizing the Philippine Red Party, which was instrumental in increasing HIV awareness and facilitating the donation of essential equipment to the PGH HIV clinic. Recently, he has been a familiar face in media, including a series of explosive segments on TV Patrol. He is generally credited as being one of the key persons who sounded the alarm which catalyzed a comprehensive government response and widespread awareness of the nascent epidemic. He recently convened a very successful high level conference for the Philippine College of Physicians and the Philippine Society of Microbiology and Infectious Diseases which featured some of the top HIV researchers in the world, and the Secretaries of the Department of Health and the Department of Science and Technology. He has been featured twice in the prestigious international magazine Science in connection with his Balik Scientist status and his HIV work.

Dr. Allan Sioson (Computer Science and Application)

Celebrated for his outstanding contribution in the field of bioinformatics, more importantly, in combining computer modeling with scientific information in the natural sciences such as DNA arrays to trace species.His study in bioinformatics is vital to a fuller understanding of natural phenomena, such as evolutionary history through associations of species using DNA arrays.

He is currently working on the database and systems biology for Mt. Isarog Natural Park (MINP), focusing on plant and arthropod interactions. This project is in collaboration with scientists from the University of the Philippines-Manila and with his peers in his hometown university in Naga. The project is important since the results of the study are crucial to the conservation and protection of MINP, a natural park home to many endangered species.

Dr. Maria Pura Rayco-Solon (Tropical Medicine and International Health)      

For her contributions to public health, infant and young child nutrition, epidemiology and nutrigenomics.

Presently, as UNICEF Nutrition Specialist, Dr. Rayco-Solon manages the implementation of the organization’s programs on child food security and nutrition, universal salt iodization, and nutrition security. She also provides technical support to the Philippine government on nutrition policy formulation and nutrition program evaluation, especially on infant and young child feeding, infant feeding in emergencies, multiple micronutrient powders, fortification (salt iodization, rice fortification, flour fortification), and supplementation (vitamin A and iron) interventions.

Roel Suralta, Ph.D (Agricultural Science)

In acknowledgment of his exemplary works in the area of agronomy, particularly for his extensive research activities concerning the morphological, anatomical and physiological responses of rice roots to soil moisture fluctuations. His considerable activities on root plasticity studies provided significant inputs for the development of efficient screening procedures of key root traits under water stress and their precise phenotyping for mapping the associated quantitative trait loci (QTL).

Currently, he is a Senior Science Research Specialist at the Agronomy, Soils and Plant Physiology Division (ASPPD) of the Philippine Rice Research Institute (PhilRice). He is currently working on various research activities, including the genotypic variations in root system development responses and water use in relation to drought avoidance ability in rainfed lowland rice, root morphological plasticity for heterogeneous soil moisture supply in rice, contribution of plastic root response developed under drought to nutrient uptake efficiency under water deficit and the QTL analysis for root plasticity as a response to progressive drought stress, among others.