Two faculty members of the Institute of Biology were awarded by the National Academy of Science and Technology during its 41st Annual Scientific Meeting. Dr. Michael C. Velarde was awarded Outstanding Young Scientist (Physiology and Biophysics). The award was in recognition of Dr. Velarde’s notable research on the regulatory mechanisms of cell proliferation in mice and humans.
Dr. Lillian Jennifer Rodriguez was also awarded 2nd Prize in the NAST Talent Search for Young Scientists. The award was in recognition of her research entitled “Diversification and spatial structuring in the mutualism between Ficus septica and its pollinating wasps in insular Southeast Asia.”
The 41st Annual Scientific Meeting of the NAST was held last 10-11 July 2019 in the EDSA Shangri-La Hotel, Mandaluyong with the theme “Caring for the Country’s Carrying Capacity.” The NAST is the government’s highest recognition and advisory body on science and technology.