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Dr. Efren F. Abaya is recognized for his scientific and technological contributions towards understanding various processes used in digital and data communications that may lead to more efficient and accurate means for the transmission of information. Efren has worked since 1998 at the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO), where he heads a unit that is responsible for the worldwide communications network which connects monitoring stations to its International Data Centre in Vienna. Prior to this, Dr. Abaya was a professor and former Chairman of the Electrical Engineering Department at the University of the Philippines.

Sex: Male

Education:

  • The University of Texas at Austin, Texas, USA, Post-doctoral Research Associate, 1982
  • Univ. of the Philippines, Diliman, Quezon City, B.S. Electrical Engineering, 1977
  • The University of Texas at Austin, Texas, USA, M.S. in Electrical Engineering, 1980
  • The University of Texas at Austin, Texas, USA, Ph. D. in Electrical Engineering, 1982

Field of Specialization

Mathematics, Mathematical Probability Theory, Quantization Theory, Digital and Data Communications

Dr. Willie P. Abasolo is recognized of his pioneering researches on rattan (Calamus spp.) and several bamboo species as well as his significant work on the micro-mechanics of the plant cell wall. His investigation on the thermo-mechanical properties of the rattan cane gave the exact softening temperature of the material. This offered the much-needed information on the efficient processing of rattan canes. Further, he has studied the effects of site conditions on the growth behavior and properties of rattan grown in plantations to define the optimum conditions where the plant can produce the best cane and to serve as basis in the selection of future sites.

Sex: Male

Education:

  • Graduate School of Bioagricultural Sciences, Nagoya University, Nagoya, Japan, Doctor of Agriculture, Major in Forest Products, 2002
  • Max Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces, Potsdam, Germany, Post Doctor, 2006
  • Graduate School of Bioagricultural Sciences, Nagoya University, Nagoya, Japan, Doctor of Agriculture, major in Forest Products, 1999
  • College of Forestry University of the Philippines, Los Baños, Laguna, B.S. Forestry (Cum Laude), 1993
  • Laguna School of Arts and Trades, Sta Cruz, Laguna, Vocational, Automotive Technology, 1989

Field of Specialization

Plant Biomechanics, Wood Anatomy, Agriculture , Forestry

Researches:

Site conditions and growth characteristics of plantation-grown palasan canes (Calamus merill Becc.) 

The crucial role of the matrix polymers on primary cell wall mechanics studies using Arabidopsis mutants with altered polysaccharide composition.

Papers Presented

Enzymatic Modification of Primary and Secondary Cell Walls - A Tool for Better Insights into the Mechanical Functions of Cell Wall Polymers, 17th International Botanical Congress, Austria Center, Vienna, Austria

Stress Generation in Calamus merrillii Becc, IAWA Pan-American Regional Group Meeting,

Properties of Rattan Canes, 4th South and East Asian Countries Non-Timber Forest Products Network (SEANN) Workshop, UPLB, College, Laguna, Philippines

Quality of Rattan Canes, 3rd International Wood Science Symposium, Uji, Kyoto, Japan

Structure and Properties of Rattan II. (Silica distribution) , 50th Annual Meeting of the Japan Wood Research Society, Kyoto University, Kyoto, Japan

Structure-function Relationships of Primary Cell Walls , Max Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces Alumni Meeting, Potsdam, Germany

Structure and Properties of Rattan (Microstructure and properties), 49th Annual Meeting of the Japan Wood Research Society, Tokyo University of Agriculture, Tokyo, Japan

Anatomy and Quality of Rattan Canes, 48th Annual Meeting of the Japan Wood Research Society, Shizuoka University, Shizuoka, Japan

Structure-function Relationships of Primary Cell Walls, Max Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces Alumni Meeting, Potsdam, Germany

Awards:

  • Outstanding Young Scientist (Agriculture), NAST-DOST, 2007
  • Post Doctoral Fellowship, Max Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces, 2005-2006
  • International Publication Award, University of the Philippines, 2005
  • Travel Grant, Biomaterial Physics Laboratory, Graduate School of Biogricultural Sciences, Nagoya University, Japan, 2005
  • Professorial Chair, The Washington Professorial Chair for the Physical Science, 2003-2004
  • Research Grant, International Foundation of Science , Sweden, 2003-2004
  • Travel Grant, Biomaterial Physics Laboratory, Graduate School of Biogricultural Sciences, Nagoya University, Japan, 2004
  • Monbosho Scholarship, Japan Ministry of Education, 1996-2002
  • Top Ten Board Passers, Plaque of Recognition, PRC, Forestry Board Examiners, 1994
  • Cum laude, UPLB, 1993
  • Chancellor's Pin, UPLB, 1993
  • Medal of Academic Excellence in the Field of Forestry, College of Forestry Faculty, UPLB, 1993
  • Guillermo Ponce Scholarship, UPLB, 1990-1993
  • Travel Grant, Biomaterial Physics Laboratory, Graduate School of Bioagricultural Sciences, Nagoya university , 2003\
  • Forestry Board of Examiners, PRC

Dr. Ramon Abarquez, Jr. is recognized for his outstanding accomplishments in cardiovascular diseases. He is known for his pioneering research work on Electrocardiogram (ECG) methodology. He devised a way to record ECG during exercise. He is also known for the introduction of nonmetallic electrode skin contact.

Sex: Male

Education:

  • UP College of Liberal Arts, Diliman, Quezon City, AB, 1948
  • UP College of Medicine, Manila, MD, 1953

Field of Specialization

Medicine, Cardiology, Cardiovascular Diseases

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Sex: Female

Education:
Doctor of Medicine, University of Santo Tomas, 1980
Bachelor of Psychology, Philippine Women’s University, 1975

Field of Specialization:
Rheumatology
Autoinflammatory Diseases
Rheumatoid arthritis
Rheumatic Diseases

Dr. Jose Edgardo Aban holds a Doctor of Philosophy and Master of Science in Remote Sensing from Chiba University, Japan, and University of the Philippines, respectively, and a Bachelor of Science in Biology from the latter university. He is a strong advocate of self-sufficiency through education in satellite development among ASEAN, and has initiated a number of campaigns in the Philippines for its own local satellite development and applications. Dr. Aban is a seasoned research manager, having served for many years at the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) of the Philippines. Prior to joining UBD, he also served as Project Manager of the GIS-based project dubbed, “Communication and Information Systems for the Control of Avian Influenza (CISCAI) of the ASEAN Foundation. His research interests are quite varied ranging from land use/cover change analysis; global change analysis; ecosystems change research; applications of non-parametric methods for global change analysis and modeling (power and singular spectrum analysis of multi-temporal datasets) using satellite data (e.g. NDVI) and climatic data; development of pre-processing algorithms for noise reduction in satellite images; phenological change analysis and its relationship with changes floral and faunal populations; and climate change impacts (sea-level rise scenarios) modeling with the use of digital elevation modeling (DEM); climatic oscillations (e.g. ENSO, PDO).

Sex: Male

Education:

  • Chiba University - Japan, Chiba Prefecture, Chiba, Japan, Doctor of Philosophy in Remote Sensing, Satellite/Environmental Remote Sensing, 2004
    University of the Philippines, Diliman, Quezon City, Master of Science in Remote Sensing, Satellite/Environmental Remote Sensing, 1997
    University of the Philippines, College of Arts and Sciences, P. Faura, Ermita, Manila, Bachelor of Science in Biology, 1988

Field of Specialization

Remote Sensing, Biology, Satellite/Environmental Remote Sensing, Global Environmental Change, Ecosystems Change Research, Watershed and Climate Change Impacts, GIS, Climatic Oscillations