SANTIAGO, Librado A.

Academic Qualifications

  • Doctor of Philosophy, Okayama University Medical School – Okayama, Japan, 1995
  • Master of Science, Gifu University – Gifu, Japan, 1990
  • Bachelor of Science, University of Santo Tomas – Manila, Philippines, 1981

Research Highlights

  • Discovery of a highly flocculating, thermophilic and osmotolerant Saccharomyces cereviseae from sugarcane molasses for commercial ethanol production
  • Research and development of a commercially available functional food/supplement from Carica papaya L. (Solo variant), called “Bio-catalyzer™” and “Bio-normalizer™”.
  • Cytotoxic and apoptotic activity of Ficus pseudoplama Blanco (Moraceae) against human prostate cancer (PRST2) and hepatocellular carcinoma (HepG2) cells
  • Biological, biochemical and pharmacological studies on selected Philippine endemic, indigenous ethnomedicinal Ficus species: F. nota, F. fiskei, F. ulmifolia, F. odorata, and F. pseudopalma
  • Cytotoxicity and antioxidant activities of phenolics in Virgin Coconut Oil
  • Effect of Virgin Coconut Oil on Humans with Emphasis on Cholesterol

Research Interests

  • Biomedical research in neurodegenerative cardiovascular, cancer and diabetes mellitus Type 2
  • Free radical biology, antioxidants, nutraceuticals
  • Natural products and wellness

Major Recognitions

  • Gold Series Awardee & International Publication/s Awardee, University of Santo Tomas – Manila, Philippines, 2016
  • Best Published Research (Health Sciences) Award / Gawad San Alberto MagnoUniversity of Santo Tomas – Manila, Philippines, 2015
  • Outstanding Researcher (Health Sciences) Award / Gawad San Alberto MagnoUniversity of Santo Tomas – Manila, Philippines, 2014



Professional Activities

  • Chair – UST Graduate School Ethics Review Committee
  • Chair – UST Faculty of Pharmacy School Ethics Review Committee
  • Coordinator — Research Management Group of the UST Faculty of Pharmacy
  • Member, National Research Council of the Philippines (2016-present)
  • Member – Scientific Committee, 6th Philippine Pharmaceutical Research Congress (2017)
  • Member, Philippine Association for the Advancement of Science and Technology (from 1992)
  • Member, Philippine Biosafety and Biosecurity Association (2016-2017)
  • Member, Philippine Society of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (1982-present)
  • Member, Oxygen Club of Asia (1993)
  • Member, New York Academy of Sciences (1995)
  • Member, Japan Biochemical Society (1988-1990)

Selected Publications

  • LA Santiago, PJO Pineda, MLG Gerona. 2016.   Preliminary study on the acetylcholinesterase inhibitory activity of Ipomoea muricata (Linnaeus). International Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences and Research. 7(1): 108-114.
  • LA Santiago L A, ABR Mayor. Mayor 2015. Antiproliferative and Apoptotic Effects of Ficus pseudopalma Blanco (Moraceae) Against Hepatocarcinoma (HepG2). Asian Journal of Pharmaceutical and Clinical Research. 8(2): 257-261.
  • LA Santiago, ABR Mayor. 2014. Lupeol: An Antioxidant Triterpene in Ficus pseudopalma Blanco (Moraceae). Asian Pacific Journal of Tropical. Biomedicine 4 (2): 109-118. Elsevier
  • MC De Las Llagas, LA Santiago, JD Ramos. 2014. Cytotoxicity and Apoptotic Activity of Ficus pseudopalma Blanco Leaf Extracts Against Human Prostate Cancer Cell Lines. Tropical Journal of Pharmaceutical Research. 13 (1): 93-100. Elsevier
  • MC De Las Llagas, LA Santiago, JD Ramos. 2014. Antibacterial Activity of Crude Ethanolic Extract and Solvent Fractions of Ficus pseudopalma Blanco Leaves. Asian Pacific Journal of Tropical Diseases. 4 (5): 367-371. Elsevier
  • LA Santiago, ABR Mayor. 2014. Prooxidant Effect of the Crude Ethanolic Leaf Extract of Ficus odorata Blanco Merr. In vitro: Its Medical Significance. International Journal of Biological, Life Sciences and Engineering. 8 (1): 19-26. ISI