World-Class, Innovative and Socially-Relevant

Established in January of 2020, the Ateneo Research Institute of Science and Engineering (ARISE) is a center for world-class, innovative and socially-relevant research initiatives of the School of Science and Engineering (SOSE). It enhances the research capacity and networking capability of SOSE to transform Philippine society through the generation of knowledge and innovative technologies for national development.

Research Areas

ARISE currently focuses on, but is not limited to, the following general research areas in line with the SOSE and University research agenda:

ARISE serves as the focal point for research programs, activities, and initiatives of SOSE.

Its establishment can be viewed as the Ateneo’s response to address important needs on several fronts.

At the national level, the country needs to develop, nurture and retain more researchers.

There is also a growing need for Research and Development units in both the private and public sectors. Unfortunately, it is costly to maintain such a unit, and it would be a lot more cost-effective if these will be pooled together, e.g., in a university setting.

Finally, there is a continuous push by the DOST and CHED to have inter-disciplinary research. ARISE is expected to align with these and fill in the need by DOST and CHED for such research partners.

Events & Announcements

📣 Join us for the SOSE-ARISE Lecture Series for SY 2023-2024: Perspectives in STEM Education!

🔍 Topic: “Students’ Processes in Mathematical Problem-Solving with Technology”

🎙️ Speaker: Maria Alva Q. Aberin, PhD

🏫 Department of Mathematics, Ateneo de Manila University

📅Date: April 30, 2024

🕝 Time: 2:30 – 3:30 PM

📍 Venue: Zoom (Link will be provided upon registration)

Gain insights into innovative approaches to mathematical problem-solving using technology! Don’t miss this engaging session by Dr. Maria Alva Q. Aberin.

🔗 Register now:

📸 Scan the QR code on the poster to register.

Mark your calendars and see you there! #STEMEducation#Mathematics#Technology#SOSEARISELectureSeries

🌿 Dive into the fascinating world of microbiology and its impact on health and the environment! Join us for an enlightening lecture as part of the SOSE-ARISE Lecture Series for SY 2023-2024: Perspectives on Health and Wellness.

🗣️ Speaker: Dr. Zomesh A. Nath Maini, PhD.

📚 Assistant Professor, Department of Biology

🏫 Ateneo de Manila University

📅Date: March 21, 2024

🕝 Time: 2:30 – 3:30 PM (GMT+8)

🖥️ Platform: Zoom

To register, simply click on the link below or scan the QR code on the poster:

🔗 Registration Link:

Let’s explore the intersection of microbiology, health, and the environment, and its significance for achieving Sustainable Development Goals:

🌍 SDG #3: Good Health and Well-being

💧 SDG #6: Clean Water and Sanitation

🌱 SDG #13: Life on Land

Don’t miss out on this enriching opportunity! Spread the word and see you there! 🌟#SOSEARISE#HealthAndWellness#Microbiology#LectureSeries#SDGs

🌿 Join us for an enlightening lecture on “Beyond the Lab: Exploring Ateneo’s Technology Transfer Initiatives” as part of the SOSE-ARISE Lecture Series for SY 2023-2024: Perspectives on Emerging Fields and Technology.

🗣️ Speaker: Dr. Proceso L. Fernandez Jr., PhD.

📚 Director, Ateneo Intellectual Property Office

🏫 Ateneo de Manila University

📅 Date: February 27, 2024

🕝Time: 2:30 – 3:30 PM (GMT+8)

🖥️ Platform: Zoom

To register, simply click on the link below or scan the QR code on the poster:

🔗 Registration Link:

Join us as we embark on a journey towards a future driven by innovation, collaboration, and positive change. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to gain valuable insights into Ateneo’s commitment to shaping a better world through technology transfer. See you there! #SOSEARISE#TechnologyTransfer#InnovationForChange#SDGs

SDG #3: Good Health and Well-being

SDG #9: Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure

SDG #13: Climate Action

🌟 Join us for the SOSE-ARISE Lecture Series for the School Year 2023-2024! 🚀 Perspectives on Health and Wellness.

🌟 Topic: “Best Practices of Resilient Filipino Students”

🗣️ Speaker: Dr. Queena N. Lee-Chua

📚 Professor: Department of Mathematics

📆Date: September 26, 2023

🕒 Time: 2:30 – 3:30 PM

🖥️ Platform: Zoom

Discover invaluable insights and gain a deeper understanding of resilience in Filipino students.

📌 To register, simply click on the link below or scan the QR code on the poster:

🔗 Register Here-

Don’t miss out on this enlightening session! Spread the word and invite your friends to join us. Let’s come together for a healthier, happier, and more resilient future!

❓What does it mean for climate research to be people-centered? For research to be a form of care?
❓What are best practices and approaches on incorporating the knowledge, experience, and values of “users”, “stakeholders”, and indigenous communities in producing and assessing climate research?
❓What can Ateneo contribute to the paradigm of doing “research as care” in developing a bottom-up approach to regional (SEA) and local climate risk?

Join the My Climate Risk – Ateneo de Manila University Regional Hub in discussing these questions and more at the MCR Brown Bag Session: “Research as Care.” Gain and share insights on “research as care” and how this aligns with the first two Laudato Si’ goals: Response to the Cry of the Earth, and Response to the Cry of the Poor.

📅 23 May, Tuesday, 3:00 – 5:00PM
📍 Faber Hall 302
Limited slots available! Register at

Learn more about other activities for Laudato Si’ week:…/ais-laudato-si-week-celebration

My Climate Risk (MCR) is a lighthouse activity of the World Climate Research Programme (WCRP). This event is organized in partnership with the Ateneo Research Institute of Science and Engineering (ARISE)

Attention all aspiring Atenean scientists and engineers! 📢🔬⚙️ Are you interested in gaining hands-on experience in microfluidics fabrication, biotech instrumentation, science communication, diagnostics hardware, or material synthesis? Look no further than the Unsilo Labs Internship Program!

Join us for our information session on April 14, 2023, 5-6PM at CTC 413 to learn more about this exciting opportunity. Pre-register at:

This internship program is open to all year levels and any degree program.

Back to work and back to school, is your commute safe from Covid-19? This lecture presents the various configurations and ambient conditions in our transport systems that are responsible for the possible airborne transmission of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes Covid-19. The Ateneo Research Institute of Science and Engineering (ARISE) and the School of Science and Engineering (SOSE) invite you to this interesting and timely lecture, “The Air Up There and The Air Down Here: How the SARS-CoV-2 Becomes Airborne” on Feb. 28, 2023 at 2:30 PM via online by Dr. Joel Maquiling of the Physics Department, School of Science and Engineering Ateneo de Manila University. See more details on the poster on how to register.
Dr. Joel Tiu Maquiling is a tenured faculty and resident geophysicist at the School of Science and
Engineering, Ateneo de Manila University. He holds a PhD in Geophysics (Universita degli Studi di Padova,Italy), MSc in Physics (Ateneo) and BSc in Physics (PNC). He is currently Associate Chair and Associate Professor of the Ateneo Department of Physics. He concurrently holds the position of Physics Programs Coordinator and Head of the Ateneo Geophysics Research (Geo-R) Laboratory. He mentors and advises both undergraduate and graduate students in research dealing with geohazards and modeling, modeling the behavior of geophysical fluids (including the aerosolization of the SARS-CoV-2), granular matter behavior and dynamics, rheology, theoretical and computational fracture mechanics, seismology, soil physics, and soil stability analysis. He is a member of the Disaster Science research team of the Ateneo Research Institute of Science and Engineering (ARISE) and is a consultant of the OML Climate Center for building resilient communities. He is also an active member of the Ateneo Science Education program. He publishes in international ISI- and SCOPUS-indexed scientific journals in geophysics, pure and applied physics, disaster science, and physics education. He is a member of several learned societies and organizations, notably the European Geosciences Union (EGU), the European Association of Geoscientists and Engineers (EAGE), the European Physical Society (EPS), the American Physical Society (APS), the American Geophysical Union (AGU), the Optical Society of America (OSA), and the International Society for Optics and Photonics (SPIE).
This research was funded by SOSE-ARISE, URC and the DOST-PCHRD.
24 February 2023 from 10:00:11:30 AM
Webinar Link: or scan the QR code in the poster
Speakers: Mr. Johan Jang and Mr.  Alexander van Servellen

The Ateneo de Manila University Research Council invites you to a webinar by Elsevier, entitled “Empowering your Research Management using SciVal and Scopus” on 24 February 2023 from 10:00-11:30 am. 

Mr. Johan Jang and Mr.  Alexander van Servellen, expert speakers from Elsevier Southeast Asia, will give valuable insights and actionable tactics to support you in achieving research success. By joining this session, you can have a better understanding of the power of SciVal for research management and decision making; as well as Scopus to empower your research analytics.

Here is a short outline of the talks.

Introduction to SciVal
Use Cases: How universities use SciVal to produce research policies
Basic features of SciVal
Focus feature 1: THE ranking metrics
Focus feature 2: Collaboration
Focus feature 3: benchmarking
Focus feature 4: trend
Focus feature 5: reporting
Introduction to Scopus
Focus feature 1: documents analysis related to SDG
Focus feature 2: finding journals and understanding metrics (including citations)
Focus feature 3: institutions and authors
We are looking forward to your participation in the webinar.

For any questions, please email
Free seminar alert! Interested in optimizing or investigating fluid flow problems? This might be for you!
Join us on February 17, 2023 to learn more about the various applications of Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD)! Unlock this powerful tool and discover flow variable observations that may otherwise be inaccessible. Areas this might be useful are:
⛽ Energy Efficiency
🌏 Sustainability
🌦 Weather Resilience
🪨 Environmental Hazards
⚗ Chemical Processes
⚙ Engineering Design
🩺 Biomedical Engineering Applications
Bonus! This talk by Dr. Christian Della will also include recommendations on how we can develop a competency in engineering simulation to be able to support the sustainability, circularity and Industry 4.0 initiatives in the Philippines.
This is free and open to all! Sign up here:
Everyone is invited to join an exhibition titled : ” Living with Water” 
on February 15 -17, 2023, 8Am to 5PMat the Doreen Black Box, Arete, Ateneo de Manila University. 
For more details, please use the QR code found on the poster below 
or please visit the following link:

We’re happy to share with you our 2021-2022 ARISE Annual Report.

Congratulations and thank you to the men and women of SOSE for the excellent work despite the challenges of the time. We also thank our internal and external partners for their generous assistance and support.


Everyone is cordially invited to the SOSE – ARISE Lecture Series SY 2022 – 2023: Perspectives in Health and Wellness
How communities feed their Children!
Learning from implementation of the ACED Blueplate Centralized Kitchen Model
By: Dr. Eden Delight P. Miro
Chair, Mathematics Department
November 25,2022; 2:30 – 3:30PM via Zoom
Participants may register using this link = 
or Scan the QR code

Dr. Eden Delight Miro is an Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Mathematics of the Ateneo de Manila University. She finished her doctorate and master’s degrees in Mathematics and her baccalaureate degree in Applied Mathematics from the same university. From 2012 to 2014, she did her postdoctoral studies in Bielefeld University, Germany as an Alexander von Humboldt Research Fellow, where she studied and developed tools to study complex aperiodic systems used to model quasicrystals.

While she was immersed in this exciting and relatively new field of mathematics, she was inspired by the comprehensive social welfare in Germany which, among others, ensures that children attend school and are healthy and nourished to stay in school. This led her to explore the possibility of using the advances in the sciences to help in the fight against hunger and malnutrition. She formed a multidisciplinary team, now called the Community Welfare, Wellness & Well-being Laboratory (or, the CW3 Laboratory) with the aim to build a research portfolio of translational value to young Filipinos’ welfare, wellness, and well-being that bridges the gap between research, policy, and practice.
Everyone is cordially invited to the SOSE – ARISE Lecture Series SY 2022 – 2023: Perspectives in Environmental Sustainability.
Fantastic Beetles and Where to Find them!
Stories and Insights in Freshwater Biodiversity Surveys in the Philippines
By: Dr. Emmanuel D. Delocado
Assistant Professor, Biology Department
October 25,2022; 2:30 – 3:30PM via Zoom
Participants may register using this link = 
or Scan the QR code

Dr. Emmanuel D. Delocado is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Biology. His research interests include beetle taxonomy, molecular systematics, biodiversity conservation, and education for sustainable development. He manages several projects at the Ateneo Biodiversity Research Laboratory, some which received funding from the Ateneo Research Institute of Science and Engineering (ARISE) as well as from the Ateneo University Research Council (URC). His research projects focus on the discovery of new species of aquatic macroinvertebrates from freshwater bodies not just in the Philippines but throughout Southeast Asia.

His most recent discoveries include the “ Fr. Jett Beetle” (Byrrhinus villarini) and  the “Angat Buhay Beetle “ (Anacaena angatbuhay). He is actively involved in professional organizations serving as a board member of the Association of Systematic Biologists of the Philippines (ASBP) and conference co-chair of the upcoming Philippine Symposium on Freshwater Biodiversity and Ecosystems (PSFBE) which the Ateneo is hosting. Last year, his work was recognized by the Systematics Association based in London. Currently, he also serves as the Program Manager for Sustainable Development Goals at the Ateneo Institute of Sustainability and the Country Manager of Sustainable Development Solutions Network Philippines. With the discovery of more species,
Dr. Delocado is bent on following the footsteps of Charles Darwin.

You are cordially invited to this seminar by Prof. Patrick Phelan on “The Value of Energy Efficiency” to be held on Oct. 5, 2022 from 11:00-12:00. This seminar series is organized by the Ateneo Energy Research Lab in cooperation with SOSE-ARISE.

Please refer to the poster for more details. See you!

SOSE-ARISE Lecture Series for SY 2022-2023: Perspectives in STEM Education

“But what were they doing?  An analysis of student LMS activity during the COVID-19 pandemic”

Ma. Mercedes T. Rodrigo, PhD
Department of Information Systems and Computer Science

About the Lecturer:

Maria Mercedes T. Rodrigo is a professor at the Department of Information Systems and Computer Science. Her research interests include learning analytics, artificial intelligence in education, and technology in education. She is the head of the Ateneo Laboratory for the Learning Sciences. Since 2010, Dr. Rodrigo has received over PhP40 million in grants from the Department of Science and Technology, the Commission on Higher Education, and the Ateneo de Manila University, among others. She has over 140 Scopus-indexed publications. She has served as local organizer and International Program Coordination Chair of the International Conference in Computers in Education 2018 and 2021 respectively. Most recently, she was program co-chair of the Artificial Intelligence in Education Conference 2022.
In 2021, Dr. Rodrigo received the Distinguished Researcher Award from the Asia-Pacific Society for Computers in Education (APSCE) and is President-elect of APSCE.

Here is the link for the SOSE ARISE Lecture Series
Zoom Registration:

Thank you very much.

We look forward to seeing you online

Paving the way for a pandemic-resilient Philippines!

Research teams from ARISE visited the DOST-MIRDC TSSS and AMCen facilities last July 20, 2022 as part of an ongoing effort to improve access to medical diagnostics through continuing research and local manufacturing.

With their expertise in precision metalwork, medium-to-large-scale plastics production, and additive manufacturing, these facilities present an opportunity for the technologies developed at ARISE to move from the research prototype stage towards widely-deployable biomedical equipment.

In particular, the miPCR Project, a portable molecular diagnostic platform for COVID-19 response funded by DOST-PCHRD and developed at ARISE, is a prime candidate for this transition. The miPCR Project recently concluded its Phase-I technical validation and is moving towards optimization and production scale-up.

Engineering solutions to be developed through the IPRDC Program* were also a key point of discussion during the visit and further highlighted the opportunities for engagement with the DOST-MIRDC TSS and AMCen facilities in the future.


*The ARISE project teams present at this event are under the Integrated Protein R&D Center (IPRDC) engineering wing led by Dr. Ricardo Guerrero and Ms. Danielle Lapinig.

Funded by the DOST-S4CP NICER Program and led by Dr. Crisanto Lopez, the IPRDC was initiated in early 2022 with the aim of establishing local production of key biologics for research and medical use through its four component projects covering biochemistry, production scale-up, instrumentation, and materials development.

IPRDC was conceived in response to shortages of key biological components used in lab-based diagnostic tests (e.g. enzymes, antibodies, etc.) during the COVID-19 pandemic, and is envisioned to play a significant role in supporting local biomedical industries in the future (e.g. vaccine production, medical research).


Graduating Biology Seniors Win Big at National Systematic Biologists Forum

Graduating students of the Ateneo Biodiversity Research Laboratory of the Department of Biology
received the top two awards for undergraduate oral presentations at the Young Systematic
Biologists Forum (YSBF). The forum was held at the 39 th Scientific and Annual Meeting of the
Association of Systematic Biologists of the Philippines (ASBP) last May 31 to June 2, 2022.
Enrico Gerard S. Sanchez (BS Bio ’22) won First Prize for his presentation entitled “Tiny, mighty, and
many: Five new species of Anacaena Thomson, 1859 (Coleoptera, Hydrophilidae) discovered from
high-altitude areas in the Philippines using integrative taxonomy”. His thesis adviser is Dr. Emmanuel
Delocado and his co-adviser is Prof. Hendrik Freitag. Previously, Gero also won the Dean’s Choice
Award in the Student Research Symposium held during the School of Science and Engineering (SOSE)
In his presentation, Gero talked about the five new species of Anacaena water scavenger beetles he
discovered and erected by coupling morphological and molecular approaches. He highlighted the
necessity to discover species from underexplored localities given the lack of comprehensive
knowledge on the freshwater diversity in the Philippines and the rapid insect extinction happening
globally. Being conducted amidst the pandemic lockdowns, the study is noteworthy as it involved
devising an innovative lab-at-home set-up and virtual walkthroughs, as well as on-site lab work when
restrictions were much lighter. When asked about the status of his publication by the panel, Gero
shared that the first paper from his undergraduate thesis was accepted for publication and is under
production in a Scopus-indexed journal.
Meanwhile, Christalle Beatriz N. Seno and Maureen Lianne T. Pascual (BS Bio ’22) secured Second
Prize for their presentation entitled “Species Survey of Ancyronyx Erichson, 1847 (Coleoptera:
Elmidae) in Greater Mindanao”. The thesis adviser of the study is Prof. Freitag and the co-adviser is
Dr. Delocado.
In their presentation, Bea and Mau shared about the new species of Ancyronyx spider riffle beetle
they described from the provinces of Samar, Siargao, Cotabato, Bukidnon, and Basilan. Specimens
utilized in their study were collected years prior from numerous expeditions of the Ateneo
Biodiversity Research Laboratory. The duo studied morphological, molecular, and ecological data to
support their identification of five new species of spider riffle beetle. Seno highlighted that the study
augments the current known diversity of the Ancyronyx in the Philippines, which was previously
limited to Mindoro, Palawan, and Negros.
Noting the quality of the students’ outputs, the judges of the YSBF inquired about the future plans of
the students. Gero shared that he will make sure to complete the writing and the publication
process of the other species in the next months. While he intends to pursue further studies at the
Ateneo School of Medicine and Public Health, he shared his genuine intention to visit the lab to help
train the junior students and to participate in future field expeditions. Bea, meanwhile, shared that
she will stay with the lab for a year as a research assistant. She will use the time to work on
publications and address some of the recommendations of the panelists.
Aside from the two studies mentioned, other members of the Ateneo Biodiversity Research
Laboratory presented orally as well. Jaymes Bryant S. Tibig (BS Bio ’22) delivered a talk entitled
“Integrative taxonomy of Dudgeodes Sartori, 2008 (Ephemeroptera: Teloganodidae) in the
Philippines, with description of three new species and supplementary egg descriptions” under the
mentorship of Dr. Jhoana Garces and Prof. Freitag.

Lastly, Dr. Delocado, Assistant Professor of the Department of Biology and Project Leader at the
Biodiversity Laboratory, shared the innovations being done by the lab to further biodiversity
knowledge amidst the pandemic restrictions. His talk entitled “Into the next possible: Stories and
insights on the changing landscape of biodiversity research and teaching of the Ateneo Biodiversity
Research Laboratory under the influence of the pandemic” is co-authored by Prof. Freitag and Dr.
Garces. The talk highlighted how the lab faculty and students employed creative problem solving
and collaboration to further research while following closely the restrictions imposed by the national
government and the health protocols of the university.
The studies presented by the students were made possible by the following grants: the SC Johnson
Environmental Leadership Development Fund for funding the innovative lab-at-home set-up, the
SOSE Industry 4.0 Research Fund (SI4) under the Ateneo Research Institute of Science and
Engineering (ARISE) for the previous field works and lab reagents and services, and the Biodiversity
Teaching in the Philippine-Cambodian-German Network (BIO-PHIL) for access to specimens.



Dr Keith Moore PhD;;

Dr Crisanto Lopez PhD & Dr Cybele Abad MD

A) The BAYAN Laboratory

B) The Programs

Three Programs are housed in the Ateneo Research Institute of Science & Engineering (ARISE).

1. Integrated Protein R&D Centre program (IPRDC, 2 projects) – 03/22 – 03/25.

2. Clinical development of a SARS-CoV2 genomic diagnostic (AMPLIFIED) – 09/22 – 03/24

3. Integrated Diagnostic Solutions program (IDS, 3 projects) – 01/23 – 01/26.

The programs are part of a common strategy that links all our applied life science R&D activities:

to catalyse the growth of molecular science teaching and research across all Philippine secondary schools and in all higher educational institutions

to design, develop & clinically evaluate affordable, accessible point of care diagnostics that are faster, cheaper and/or simpler than imported tests available to the majority of Filipinos.

to grow the Filipino biotechnology sector via the start-up formation of BAYAN Life Sciences.

C) The Projects

There are a total of eight (😎 projects in IPRDC, AMPLIFIED and IDS. Of these, six (6) are primarily based on microbiology, molecular biology, biochemistry, biophysics, and protein chemistry.

Integrated Protein R&D Centre (IPRDC):

1) “Enzyme Production: Cloning, Fermentation, Expression, Purification & Characterization”

2) “Scaling Up and Optimization of Bacterial Fermentation and Protein Expression”



3) “Clinical Development of a SARS-CoV2 Genomic Diagnostic Project (AMPLIFIED)”


Integrated Diagnostic Solutions (IDS):

4) “VANQUISHeD: Genomic & proteomic point of care diagnostics for viral diseases”.

5) “CAPTUReD: Genomic & proteomic point of care diagnostics for oncology”

6) “METABOLISeD: Genomic & proteomic point of care diagnostics for cardiometabolic diseases”.

D) Candidate profile

i. What we are looking for in candidates (scientific & technical skills)

We seek biology or chemistry graduates with a B.Sc, M.Sc, PhD and/or MD with a solid applied foundation in quantitative molecular sciences, assay development & expertise in recombinant protein production (IPRDC) or assay development & molecular diagnostics (IDS/AMPLIFIED). Experience of interdisciplinary research across biology, medicine, chemistry & engineering is an advantage.

The candidates must combine a strong theoretical foundation of molecular biology and biochemistry with substantial laboratory research experience in the creation and execution of experimental plans. We particularly seek those with experience of new assay (and ideally product) development for a device or research reagent, especially if that involved translational clinical evaluation. Experience of both evaluating literature methods and of developing new methods using a critical, analytical, skeptical and logical approach to creative problem solving is essential.

With a Team that spans microbiology, molecular biology, biochemistry, biophysics and protein chemistry, we seek candidates with expertise in the in vitro techniques used for the creation, purification, manipulation/labeling, QA and functional characterization of both nucleic acids and recombinant proteins at a molecular level.

ii. Who we are looking for as candidates (behavioural & attitudinal profile)

We seek ambitious candidates who are self-motivated, driven and goal-centric, with the sense of urgency to work efficiently, independently and proactively – ‘self-starters who lead from the front’. We want those that constantly seek to challenge the status quo and raise the bar as part of continuous process and scientific improvement. Tenacity, resilience and the ability to troubleshoot, finding creative solutions in the face of technical and logistical challenges are essential.

Candidates interested in business & commercial translation of IP/discoveries into tangible medical devices & products via a start-up company BAYAN LifeSciences are particularly encouraged to apply.

Those with aspirations to complete higher education via a Masters or PhD at Ateneo de Manila University are similarly welcomed.

We view these roles as excellent career and development opportunities for young researchers wishing to establish & extend themselves. We seek those who want to excel and challenge themselves and their colleagues; those with the leadership potential and aspiration to take on increasingly senior and visible roles and one day become Principal Investigators, leading their own research laboratory in the Philippines to improve the lives of Filipinos.

In BAYAN Life Sciences we envisage a vibrant start-up company with higher paying, better quality jobs that offer enhanced benefits; a company that recruits, rewards & retains the best & brightest; one that pays them fairly for excellent and outstanding performance.

Collectively the IPRDC, AMPLIFIED & IDS programs represent a long-term coherent R&D strategy to help build the Philippines life science research community & the fledgling Filipino diagnostics sector.

Ultimately serving their disadvantaged & underserved fellow Filipinos, we seek those for whom their projects and their careers represent more than just a job — ngunit sa halip ay isang bagay na malapit sa kanilang mga puso.

E) Candidate roles and responsibilities

i) For all Projects

Maintain meticulous, up-to-date laboratory notebooks, reagent inventories, adhering as closely as possible to Good Clinical Laboratory Practice (GCLP).

Via online and face-to-face meetings, communicate frequently yet efficiently with colleagues and collaborators, within & outside of their projects to maximise collaboration, cohesion & communication and to ensure Lean Wastes (especially the Waste of Waiting) are avoided.

Assist with the fitting out of laboratories using ‘Lean Lab’ design principles.

Constantly challenge the status quo, innovate and create process improvements to increase the speed, quality & cost-effectiveness of protein production using Lean Thinking principles.

Explore collaborations to beta-test and then sell the proteins, reagents and diagnostic tests developed as part of the start-up of BAYAN Life Sciences.

Explore & propose grant applications for new & impactful research, including national & international collaborations to accelerate the life science R&D sector.

As appropriate, take on roles of increasing responsibility and independence, ultimately running an independent molecular science R&D laboratory in the Philippines.

ii) For Integrated Protein R&D Centre (IPRDC):

Design and undertake recombinant cloning to create suitable protein expression plasmids. .

Design, execute and interpret experiments to express, purify & characterize recombinant proteins used in molecular diagnostics e.g enzymes for PCR/LAMP and affinity proteins used for ELISA/lateral flow devices.

Ensure the purity, stability & functional activity (quality) of produced proteins are comparable to those of imported proteins using bioanalytical (SDS-PAGE, Western blotting) and functional (enzyme assays, ELISA, affinity determinations) methods.

Work closely with the INTEGRATeD and AMPLIFIED projects to apply IPRDC-generated proteins for development of lower-cost diagnostic devices.

Work closely with chemistry & engineering-based IPRDC projects to integrate their workflows and outputs to maximize the productivity, scalability and cost-effectiveness of the IPRDC.

iii) For Integrated Diagnostic Solutions (IDS) and SARS-CoV2 (AMPLIFIED):

Design, execute and interpret preclinical experiments to develop new methods for the development of (near) point of care tests for Virology (VANQUISHeD), Oncology (CAPTUReD), Cardiometabolic (METABOLISeD) and/or SARS-CoV2 (AMPLIFIED)

Determine the preclinical sensitivity and specificity of prototypes compared with gold standard reference methods.

Characterise the biochemical properties of novel affinity reagents used for the development of affinity-based diagnostics (via ELISA, ELONA, lateral flow).

Optimize biospecimen sample processing for multiple sources (blood, saliva, etc.) to maximise the availability, stability, and functional activity of the target biomarkers.

Collaborate with national & international institutions to expand a clinical biobank used to assess the clinical performance of selected prototype diagnostics.

Perform clinical evaluation of promising prototypes relative to a gold standard diagnostic test to assess clinical sensitivity and specificity

For any prototypes that merit progression, contribute to the writing of a Technical File for submission to the Philippine FDA.

Work closely with colleagues in the IPRDC to functionally compare the performance of BAYAN reagents relative to their imported counterparts. .

As needed, express, purify & characterize recombinant proteins required to reduce the cost of goods for diagnostic tests developed in the INTEGRATeD and AMPLIFIED programs,

(F) Contacts:

Dr. Keith More
Ateneo Research Institute of Science and Engineering
Ateneo de Manila University

Dr. Crisanto Lopez
Department of Biology
School of Science and Engineering
Ateneo de Manila University

Dr. Cybele Abad
Ateneo School of Medicine and Public Health
Ateneo de Manila University


What makes Filipino students resilient, particularly in times of crises?
Bouncing Back: Life and Learning in a Time of Crisis by Queena N. Lee-Chua reveals that these resilient students rely on three sources of support: deep faith, solid family bonds, and close friends and mentors.
School of Science and Engineering invites you to the Book Launching of the SOSE Student Resilience Project “Bouncing Back: Life and Learning in a Time of Crisis” on May 10, 2022 10:00am-12:00nn via Zoom and Facebook Live.
to register:
About the Book:
What makes Filipino students resilient, particularly in times of crises? Even as some students succumb to anxiety and despair, lose motivation to learn, commit acts against integrity, others actively participate in every synchronous class, go beyond minimum competencies, and remain hopeful and strong amid severe trials. How do they do it? What keeps them going? What can we learn from them? Twenty-five professors of the Ateneo de Manila School of Science and Engineering (SOSE) chose 92 college students, graduate students, and alumni whom they observed to display resilience in learning, and prodded them to reflect on how they overcame challenges in and out of the classroom. Many students are financial aid scholars, while some are economically comfort-
able. Many are top achievers, while some experienced failures in school and national exams. Many underwent childhood poverty, parental separation, loss of loved ones, and several have mental and emotional health issues. Whatever their circumstances, the study reveals that these resilient students rely on three sources of support: a deep faith, solid family bonds, and close friends and mentors. In this book, students describe how they create doable routines, manage tasks and time, hold each other accountable, even as they pursue hobbies, exercise and commune with nature, and bond with loved ones. They relate how they cultivate
interest in learning, take mistakes in stride, keep things in perspective, feel grateful to their mentors, and find purpose in serving others.
Some students tell stories in depth: how they love to learn and grow, why failures are learning experiences, and why the mind is our most powerful organ. They remind us to take care of our mind and body, and anchor ourselves on core values as we take charge of our future with loved ones right by our side. Inspired by these students, several professors reflect on their grit and resilience, share growth-mindset exercises, narrate inspiring stories of how they themselves surmounted adversity.
Filipino resilience is a community affair

Excited for SOSE Week 2022?

The full list of event and activities may be found here:

Congratulations to our Top Faculty Awardees with the highest Scopus- Indexed Publications.


Panel Discussion on Advancing Optics and Photonics in the Philippines

Panel Discussion on Advancing Optics and Photonics in the Philippines. This event is scheduled for this Saturday, Oct. 30, 2021, at 10 am. This event is the 1st-panel discussion of the 5-week Series (every Saturday) from Oct. 30, 2021, to Nov. 27, 2021, covering technical seminar talks and Panel Discussions.

Looking forward to seeing all of you this Saturday 

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Local production of diagnostics to meet health needs in Asia

How much is a COVID-19 RT-PCR test? How easy–or difficult–is it to get tested if you think you may have COVID-19? What about for other diseases? Do you think it would make a difference if these types of tests were manufactured in Asia, or even in your own country?

Join Doctors Without Borders for a special discussion on diagnostics tools–such as tests for different diseases–on November 3, Wednesday. In this webinar, moderated by veteran Filipino journalist and COVID-19 survivor Howie Severino, you can learn about the importance of diagnostics tools in healthcare. Listen as researchers, advocates and innovators discuss the opportunities and challenges of local production in order to meet local needs, especially in Asia. | REGISTER:

Topic: Reclone Symposium: Diagnostics, innovation and local production in Asia-Pacific

Description: Symposium on Diagnostics, innovation and local production in Asia-Pacific to learn about the work of other researchers in the region.

If you have any questions in the meantime, please go to the forum ( or contact us via the channels listed on the website (

Time: Nov 24, 2021 08:00 AM in London

Local Manufacture of Diagnostics in Asia — Reclone: 24 Nov, 1600-1900 SGT

Register at:–tpzksEtNEZCn_x4LyNj3aW8acFF3E


IEEE MIBEC 2021 Virtual Conference

Speaker: Alfonso D. Agustin

TIME: November 27,2021, 13:30 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

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