Mr. Darwin Obel, an alumnus of the University’s Master of Science in Pharmacy, won the Best Poster Award in the July 3-5, 2019 Asian Association of Schools of Pharmacy Conference, held in South Korea.

Obel presented the research paper he authored under the mentorship of Assoc. Prof. Agnes L. Castillo, RPh, PhD (Faculty of Pharmacy) and Prof. Christina A. Binag, PhD (College of Science).

Obel (foreground, right) receives the award.

The research paper, entitled “Preparation, characterization, and antibacterial activity of Gentamicin Loaded Chitin Nanogel,” aimed to create a novel form of drug delivery “that enhances the antibacterial activity of a drug through the use of ‘nanoantibiotics.’”

Obel’s experiment used Gentamicin, “a broad spectrum antibacterial drug, was encapsulated in a nanogel prepared from chitin and tested for its activity against resistant and non-resistant strains of Staphylococcus aureus and Pseudomonas aeruginosa.”

The results indicated that the Chitin Nanogel is a good candidate carrier for Gentamicin since it can increase the activity of the Gentamicin against P. aeruginosa and Methicilin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus.

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