Gabriel O. Romero

Gabriel O. Romero

Field of award: Genetics

Year awarded: 2002

Division: Biological Sciences


In recognition of his significant contributions in the fields of genetics especially in plant genetic resources and genetics of disease resistance. He has identified wild species that easily transfer genes to rice that are useful in rice improvements. His successful cloning of the coat protein gene which can be engineered in rice to build pathogen-derived resistance- a highly potent weapon against tungro virus – is considered a major breakthrough.

Current Position: Head, Regulatory Affairs

Office Address: Monsanto Philippines

Education: PhD (Genetics) University of California 1996; MPhil (Plant Breeding) University of Cambridge 1990; MS (Genetics) University of the Philippines 1989; BS (Biology) University of the Philippines 1983