Dr. NATIVIDAD SILVA-MENDOZA
Fine and hardworking scientists can be happy mothers, too. That's how her peers at the Industrial Technology and Development Institute, an agency of the Department of Science and Technology, describe Dr. Natividad Silva-Mendoza.
"Dr. Naty", as friends call her, is mother to a "gang of four" gentlemen. But raising them never held her desire to be an outstanding microbiologist. As a microbiologist, she often studies the genetic character of different bacteria.
Through such highly specialized knowledge, Dr. Naty can use a class of friendly bacteria in developing valuable ingredients for food and medical products.
Her best work is the conversion of coconut "sapal" into mannose. Mannose is an expensive sugar. She is also working to find an efficient way of extracting aqueous or water content from coconut oil. Coconut oil is one of the country's traditional export products,
Dr. Naty is currently a supervising science research specialist at ITDI's Microbiology and Genetics Division. She finished her Bachelor of Science in Agriculture (1971) at the University of the Philippines Los Baños, and Master of Science in Microbiology (1983) at the University of Santo Tomas. In 1995, she earned her Doctor of Philosophy degree from the University of Osaka in Japan.
Dr. Naty has written scientific papers on microbiology published in prestigious international journals. Her most intensive scientific
research focused on "The Enzyme and Gene of Mannan-degrading Bacillus Subtilis NM-39". (S&T Media Service)
-S&T Post, Vol. XXIV, 3rd Quarter 2006