7 Distinguished Filipinos Elected to PAASE Membership in 2011 

May 2, 2011

Dr. A. Maureen Rouhi is currently the Deputy Editor-In-Chief of Chemical & Engineering News, the news magazine of the American Chemical Society. C&EN reaches over 300,000 readers worldwide. Maureen (nee Ramirez) is a graduate of the University of the Philippines at Los Baños (BSc, MSc, Agricultural Chemistry) and the University of London, U.K. (PhD, Chemistry). For more about Maureen, click here

Dr. Rodolfo M. Nayga, Jr
. is Professor and Tyson Endowed Chair in Food Policy Economics in the Department of Agricultural Economics and Agribusiness at University of Arkansas. His research interests are focused on the economics of food policy and quality and on obtaining an understanding of how emerging consumer issues affect food and nutrient consumption/demand and public policies.For more about Rodolfo, click here

Dr. Alfredo Mahar Lagmay is a Professor at the National Institute of Geological Sciences, University of the Philippines. He holds a Ph.D. in geology from the University of Cambridge and was a visiting scientist at the Geophysics Department of Stanford University. Dr. Lagmay devotes most of his time working on major Philippine disasters and has been involved in either search-and-rescue or forensic analyses of the Mindoro flood, Guinsaugon landslide, Mayonlahar, Iloilo flood and Ondoy (Metro Manila) disasters. A recipient of the 2008 Outstanding Research Award for advanced science and technology in the Philippines for his work on innovative application of space technology on Philippine volcanoes, he continues his service to the Filipino people by conducting research on geological hazards and volunteer work in areas stricken by disaster.
Dr. Teodoro C. Mendoza is a Professor of Crop Science at the Institute of Crop Science, College of Agriculture, University of the Philippines at Los Baños . For the last 3 decades, he is an advocate and a practitioner of organic farming. In recognition for his research accomplishments, he was invited as a Plenary Speaker at the International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movement (IFOAM) held in Victoria, Canada in August 2002. He had delivered many lectures in recent years on Climate Change and Food Security, and had been involved in several seminars & trainings on ecologically sustainable agriculture and biofuel. His current research projects include breeding low-fertilizer input, drought tolerant sugarcane cultivars, selecting & identifying seeds for biodiverse farming and developing crop management systems and practices adapted to small scale agriculture which are climate change-compliant and less oil-based energy requiring. For more about Ted, click here .

Dr Annabelle P. Villalobos is Research Fellow at Johnson & Johnson Pharmaceutical Research and Development stationed in Malvern, PA. Ann's strong background in Biochemistry started in the University of the Philippines' Dept. of Biochem/College of Medicine (M.S. Biochem). She received her Ph.D., Chemistry from the University of Cincinnati with research on protein structure/mapping of heavily glycosylated proteins with monoclonal antibodies, and subsequently a postdoctoral fellowship on cellular and molecular biology at the University of Pennsylvania Dept. of Nephrology and Medicine with concentration in the elucidation of protein structure and interactions by cell and molecular targeting. Ann was based in Raritan, New Jersey for 16 years and moved to the Malvern, PA campus 2 years ago. After 18 years with Johnson & Johnson, she opted for an early retirement in 2011 to become a consultant in biotech drug development.
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Dr. Felino P. Lansigan is a Professor of Agricultural and Environmental Statistics at the University of the Philippines Los Banos (UPLB) Institute of Statistics (INSTAT), and is also an Affiliate Professor of the UPLB School of Environmental Science and Management (SESAM). He obtained his Ph.D. degree specializing in statistical hydrology and water resources from Colorado State University. His current involvements include: Lead Author on Climate Change Adaptation (CCA) Options and Needs of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Fifth Assessment Report (2011-2014); Co-Chair of the UPLB Interdisciplinary Program on Climate Change (IdPCC); Member of the international Scientific Steering Committee (SSC) of the Global Water System Project (GWSP, 2005-2012); and Team Leader of the DA-FAO Project on Climate Change Adaptation (2009-2011). He is also a member of the Science and Policy Advisory Board of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) Global Environment Outlook (2010-2012).
Dr Ricardo del Rosario is currently a Research Associate at the Genome Institute of Singapore. His previous positions include a research fellowship at Max Planck Institute of Biochemistry, associate professor at the Department of Mathematics, University of the Philippines and a postdoctoral position at the Center for Research in Scientific Computation, NC State University. He served as the chairperson of the University of the Philippines Diliman Department of Mathematics from 2002-2005. His current research interest is in computational biology, specifically in primate c comparative genomics. He has previously done research in various applications of mathematical m odeling, such as modellingthe bioenergetics and phototaxis of a halophilicarchaeon, feedback control of smart material structures and analyzing the spatio-temporal complexity of sea surface temperature in the Philippines.