Antonio A. Alfonso
Field of award: Plant Biology
Year awarded: 2008
Division: Biological Sciences
In recognition of his significant contributions to the field of plant biology particularly in elucidating the molecular basis of cytoplasmic male sterility and fertility restoration in plants. His research on petunia resulted in the cloning and functional characterization of the first nucleus-encoded Restorer of fertility (Rf) gene in plants. Long considered by experts as a “black box”, approved the identification of the restorer gene is regarded as a critical advance in understanding male sterility caused by the interaction between the nuclear and cytoplasmic genomes. His discovery provides practical applications in varietal improvement particularly in the exploitation of hybrid vigor to increase crop production.
Current Position: Chief Science Research Specialist
Education: PhD (Plant Biology), Cornell University 2003; MS (Genetics), University of the Philippines Los Baños 1995; BS (Biology), Central Luzon State University 1988
Curriculum Vitae: cv-of-antonio-alfonso-for-oysi-2013