Leslie Michelle M. Dalmacio
Field of award: Molecular Biology and Biotechnology
Year awarded: 2012
Division: Biological Sciences
In recognition of her significant researches focusing on the human microbiome and probiotics studies, which helped elucidate the community structure and role of these microorganisms in health and disease. Her involvement in the studies of probiotic bacteria, their isolation, identification, and utilization through metagenomics led to the discovery of microorganisms and potential probiotics missed out by previous culture-based studies that were present in some of our traditional fermented foods. Her molecular epidemiology study on an emerging hepatitis virus, Hepatitis G, showed co-occurrence of this infectious agent with Hepatitis B or C in the country, warranting an improvement in the screening of blood and blood products for blood banking.
Current Position: Associate Professor