Prof. Mario A. Tan, PhD of the Department of Chemistry of the College of Science is the National Academy of Science and Technology’s 2018 Outstanding Young Scientist. The awarding ceremonies took place during the NAST assembly last July 11-12, 2018.
Tan’s research interests lie in the 1) isolation and identification of secondary metabolites from endemic Rubiaceae plants, indigenous Pandanus species, and endophytic fungi; 2) chemotaxomic significance of the isolated natural products; 3) pharmacological activities of the isolated natural products; and 4) total synthesis and chemical modifications of bioactive natural products.
In 2016, Tan was recognized as the Novartis Next Generation Scientist Program Fellow. He is the incumbent Chair of the Department of Chemistry and also teaches at the Graduate School. He is a researcher at the Research Center for Natural and Applied Sciences.