Department of Biological Sciences

Vision

The Department of Biological Sciences of the University of Santo Tomas will be distinguished by the excellent delivery of courses in biology and by its national and international reputation in basic and applied research and development, as well as its commitment to serve the community.

Mission

The Department of Biological Sciences of the University of Santo Tomas aims to prepare and train our students to become competent biologists in the theoretical and practical aspects of biology in order to enable them to carry out relevant researches and developmental works in response to local and global needs.

Goals
  1. To develop well-informed and responsible Christian professional biologists equipped with knowledge and skills to pursue careers in teaching, research and graduate studies in biology or related fields or venture in business
  2. To equip non-biology major with basic biological principles they can utilize in their own areas of interest
  3. To promote among the faculty members active research which can contribute to quality education and the advancement of science
  4. to participate in the national effort of protecting and conserving the environment by supporting activities such as reforestation, waste management and pollution control

Degree Programs

BSc Biology, major in Environmental Biology (4 years)
BSc Biology, major in Industrial Biology (4 years)
BSc Biology, major in Medical Biology (4 years)
BSc Microbiology (4 years)

Microbiology is the study of the various microorganisms like viruses, bacteria, algae, protozoan, and fungi, and their activities. In UST, the study of the microorganisms is done through an inquiry-based and discovery learning process. The University of Santo Tomas is the only institution of higher learning in the Philippines offering a degree in BSc Microbiology.

BSc Biology (4 years)

The BSc Biology program is designed to provide students the opportunity to integrate, interpret, and translate biological phenomena and environmental observations, and then, use these information to make meaningful decisions. The Biology curriculum and research programs of the Department of Biological Sciences reflect the new concepts along the field, benchmarked with international standards and practises, and designed to meet present and future educational needs of the Biology majors.

Expected Learning Outcomes

— Solve critically and creatively problem sets in biology and apply biological techniques in research, academe and medical profession

— Foster the use of knowledge and research to an inquiry-based practice in the field of biology

— Engage oneself in life-centered advocacies promoting social responsibility, ethical conduct and Christian moral values

— Convey biological concepts in a clear and concise manner

— Work efficiently and effectively in individual and group–oriented activities

— Use correctly and manage efficiently information and applicable technologies

Latest News and Events

2019

Administration and Faculty Members

Prof. Gina R. Dedeles, PhD, Coordinator – Microbiology

Asst. Prof. Marilyn G. Rimando, PhD, Laboratory Supervisor

Assoc. Prof. Maureen B. Sabit, PhD, Laboratory Supervisor

Faculty Members

ABRANTES, Jose Francis V. (Assistant Professor 3)UST FACULTY Sci Bio - ABRANTES Jose Francis V (2013, MS - 2x2 Gray)

Degrees

  • Master of Science (National University of Singapore – Singapore)
  • Bachelor of Science in Microbiology (University of Santo Tomas – Manila, Philippines)

UST FACULTY Sci BioSci - ALBANO Pia Marie S (2016, PhD - 2x2 Gray)ALBANO, Pia Marie S.P. (Professor 1 / Associate Professorial Lecturer 3)

Degrees

  • Doctor of Philosophy in Biological Sciences (Cum Laude) (University of Santo Tomas – Manila, Philippines)
  • Master of Science in Microbiology (Magna cum Laude) (University of Santo Tomas – Manila, Philippines)
  • Bachelor of Science in Medical Technology (Saint Louis University – Baguio City, Mountain Province, Philippines)

ALEJANDRO, Grecebio Jonathan D.ust-f-sci-biosci-alejandro-grecebio-jonathan-d-2016-dr-rer-nat-2x2-gray (Professor 5 / Professorial Lecturer 5)

Degrees

  • Doctor of Natural Sciences in Biology (Magna cum Laude) (The University of Bayreuth – Germany)
  • Master of Science in Biological Sciences (Magna cum Laude) (University of Santo Tomas – Manila, Philippines)
  • Bachelor of Science in Biology (Far Eastern University – Manila, Philippines)

ALFECHE, Niña Kathryn G. (Instructor 3)

Degrees

  • Master of Science in Biology (Magna cum Laude) (University of Santo Tomas – Manila, Philippines)
  • Bachelor of Science in Biology (Cum Laude) (University of the Philippines – Cebu – Cebu, Philippines)

ARAFILES, Kim Hazel V.  (Assistant Professor 1 / Assistant Professorial Lecturer 1)

Degrees

  • Doctor of Philosophy in Molecular Biotechnology (Hiroshima University – Higashi, Hiroshima, Japan)
  • Master of Science in Molecular Biotechnology (Hiroshima University – Higashi, Hiroshima, Japan)
  • Bachelor of Science in Microbiology (Magna cum Laude) (University of Santo Tomas – Manila, Philippines)

ARBIAS, Melanie M. (Assistant Professor 1)

Degrees

  • Master of Science in Environmental Science (University of the Philippines – Diliman, Quezon City, Philippines)
  • Master of Science in Forestry, major in Forest Resources Management (De La Salle Araneta University – Malabon City, Philippines)
  • Bachelor of Secondary Education, major in Biology and General Science (University of Santo Tomas – Manila, Philippines)

BAHRAMI-HESSARI, Michael L. UST FACULTY Sci BioSci - BAHRAMI-HESSARI Michael L (2016, MS - 2x2 Gray)(Assistant Professor 4)

Degrees

  • Master of Science in Microbiology (University of Santo Tomas – Manila, Philippines)
  • Bachelor of Science in Microbiology (Cum Laude) (University of Santo Tomas – Manila, Philippines)

BAYSA, Marieta C. (Professor 2)UST FACULTY Sci BioSci - BAYSA Marieta C (2016, PhD - 2x2 Gray)

Degrees

  • Doctor of Philosophy in Biology (University of the Philippines – Diliman, Quezon City, Philippines)
  • Master of Science in Biological Sciences (University of Santo Tomas – Manila, Philippines)
  • Bachelor of Science in Education, major in Biological Sciences (Magna cum Laude) (University of Santo Tomas – Manila, Philippines)

BENNETT, Reuel M. (Instructor 3)

Degrees

  • Master of Science in Biological Sciences (University of Santo Tomas – Manila, Philippines)
  • Bachelor of Science in Biology (Cum Laude) (Trinity University of Asia – Quezon City, Philippines)

BINAG, Sam Dominic A. (Instructor 3)

Degrees

  • Master of Science in Biology (Cum Laude) (University of Santo Tomas – Manila, Philippines)
  • Bachelor of Science in Biology (University of Santo Tomas – Manila, Philippines)

BRIONES, Jonathan Carlo A. (Assistant Professor 1 / Assistant Professorial Lecturer 1)

Degrees

  • Doctor of Philosophy, major in Biological Sciences (Cum Laude) (University of Santo Tomas – Manila, Philippines)
  • Master of Science in Biological Sciences (University of Santo Tomas – Manila, Philippines)
  • Bachelor of Science in Biology (University of Santo Tomas – Manila, Philippines)

CARSON, Catherine C.UST FACULTY Sci BioSci - CARSON Catherine (2013, MS – 2×2 Gray) (Assistant Professor 3)

Degrees

  • Master in Biology Education (Magna cum Laude) (University of Santo Tomas – Manila, Philippines)
  • Bachelor of Science in Biology (University of the Philippines – Baguio City, Benguet, Philippines)

CASTILLO, Josefino R.UST FACULTY Sci BioSci - CASTILLO Josefino R (2016, MS - 2x2 Gray) (Assistant Professor 3 / Associate Professorial Lecturer 1)

Degrees

  • Doctor of Philosophy in Biological Sciences (University of Santo Tomas – Manila, Philippines)
  • Master of Science in Biology (Centro Escolar University – Manila, Philippines)
  • Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences (University of the Philippines – Manila, Philippines)

DE JESUS, Ma. Sheila M.UST FACULTY Sci Bio - DE JESUS Maria Sheila (2013, MS - 2x2 Gray) (Assistant Professor 5)

Degrees

  • Master of Science in Microbiology (University of Santo Tomas – Manila, Philippines)
  • Bachelor of Science in Medical Technology (University of Santo Tomas – Manila, Philippines)

DEDELES, Gina R.UST FACULTY Sci Bio - DEDELES Gina R (2014, PhD - 2x2 Gray) (Professor 3 / Professorial Lecturer 3)

Degrees

  • Doctor of Philosophy in Applied Microbial Technology (Hokkaido University – Japan)
  • Master of Science in Microbiology (Benemeritus) (University of Santo Tomas – Manila, Philippines)
  • Bachelor of Arts in General Science (Philippine Christian University – Manila, Philippines)

DELA CRUZ, Thomas Edison E. (Professor 5 / Professorial Lecturer 5)

Degrees

  • Doctor of Natural Sciences, major in Microbiology (University of Braunschweig – Braunschweig, Germany)
  • Master of Science in Biological Sciences (Cum Laude) (University of Santo Tomas – Manila, Philippines)
  • Bachelor of Science in Microbiology (Cum Laude) (University of Santo Tomas – Manila, Philippines)
  • Diploma in Science Teaching (University of the Philippines – Los Baños, Laguna, Philippines)

DIESMOS, Mae Lowe L. (Assistant Professor 5)

Degrees

  • Master of Science in Biology (De La Salle University – Manila, Philippines)
  • Bachelor of Science in Biology (University of Santo Tomas – Manila, Philippines)

GARCIA, Maria Rosario Virginia C. (Associate Professor 3)

Degrees

  • Doctor of Philosophy in Science Education, major in Biology (De La Salle University – Manila, Philippines)
  • Master of Education, major in School Leadership (With High Distinction) (De La Salle University – Manila, Philippines)
  • Bachelor of Science in Medical Technology (University of Santo Tomas – Manila, Philippines)

GARCIA, Moises Norman Z. (Associate Professor 5)

Degrees

  • Doctor of Philosophy in Science Education, major in Biology (De La Salle University – Manila, Philippines)
  • Master of Education, major in School Leadership (With High Distinction) (De La Salle University – Manila, Philippines)
  • Bachelor of Science in Medical Technology (University of Santo Tomas – Manila, Philippines)

HSU, Hao Wei C. (Instructor 3)

Degrees

  • Master of Science in Biological Sciences (Magna cum Laude) (University of Santo Tomas – Manila, Philippines)
  • Bachelor of Science in Biology (University of Santo Tomas – Manila, Philippines)

JAVIER, Sonia N. (Assistant Professor 5)

Degrees

  • Master of Science in Environmental Science (University of the Philippines – Diliman, Quezon City, Philippines)
  • Master of Science in Biology (University of Oregon – Eugene, Oregon, United States of America)
  • Bachelor of Science – General Course (University of Santo Tomas – Manila, Philippines)

LAYCO, Racquel C. (Assistant Professor 2)

Degrees

  • Master of Science in Chemistry Education (University of Santo Tomas – Manila, Philippines)
  • Bachelor of Science in Chemistry (University of Santo Tomas – Manila, Philippines)

LILAGAN, Crissa Ann I. (Instructor 3)

Degrees

  • Master of Science in Biology (De La Salle University – Manila, Philippines)
  • Bachelor of Science in Biology (University of the Philippines – Baguio City, Benguet, Philippines)

LOLA, Alyssa Marie A. (Instructor 3)

Degrees

  • Master of Science in Biological Sciences (Cum Laude) (University of Santo Tomas – Manila, Philippines)
  • Bachelor of Science in Biology (Cum Laude) (University of Santo Tomas – Manila, Philippines)

LORENZO, Anton II N. (Instructor 3)

Degrees

  • Master of Science in Biological Sciences (University of Santo Tomas – Manila, Philippines)
  • Bachelor of Science in Biology (University of Santo Tomas – Manila, Philippines)

MANINGAS, Mary Beth B. (Professor 2 / Professorial Lecturer 2) 

Degrees

  • Doctor of Philosophy in Applied Marine Biosciences (Tokyo University of Marine Science and Technology –  Tokyo, Japan)
  • Master of Science in Biology (University of the Philippines – Manila, Quezon City, Philippines)
  • Bachelor of Science in Biology (Centro Escolar University – Manila, Philippines)

MEDINA, Loida R. (Associate Professor 1)

Degrees

  • Doctor of Philosophy, major in Biological Sciences (University of Santo Tomas – Manila, Philippines)
  • Master of Biology Education (University of Santo Tomas – Manila, Philippines)
  • Bachelor of Science in Medical Technology (University of Santo Tomas – Manila, Philippines)

MONSANTO, Ranee Zara B. (Instructor 3)

Degrees

  • Doctor of Medicine (University of Santo Tomas – Manila, Philippines)
  • Bachelor of Science in Microbiology (University of Santo Tomas – Manila, Philippines)

MORAN, Cecilia B. (Professor 1 / Associate Professorial Lecturer 3)UST FACULTY Sci BioSci - BANAG Cecilia A (2016, Dr rer nat - 2x2 Gray)

Degrees

  • Doctor of Natural Sciences, major in Biology (Cum Laude) (University of Bayreuth – Bayreuth, Germany)
  • Master of Science in Biological Sciences (University of Santo Tomas – Manila, Philippines)
  • Bachelor of Science in Biology (University of Santo Tomas – Manila, Philippines)

OLIVAR, Jose Tolentino II D.C. (Assistant Professor 4)

Degrees

  • Master of Arts in Education, major in Curriculum Studies (University of the Philippines – Diliman, Quezon City, Philippines)
  • Bachelor of Secondary Education, major in Biology and General Science (University of Santo Tomas – Manila, Philippines)

ORDAS, Jorge Anton D. ust-f-sci-biosci-ordas-jorge-anton-2016-ms-2x2-gray(Instructor 3)

Degrees

  • Master of Science in Biological Sciences (Magna cum Laude) (University of Santo Tomas – Manila, Philippines)
  • Bachelor of Science in Biology (University of Santo Tomas – Manila, Philippines)

PAGUIRIGAN, Jaycee Augusto G. (Assistant Professor 2)

Degrees

  • Doctor of Philosophy Education, major in Science Education (Cagayan State University – Tugegarao City, Cagayan, Philippines)
  • Master of Arts in Biology (Saint Mary’s University – Nueva Vizcaya, Philippines)
  • Bachelor of Science in Biology (University of the Philippines – Baguio City, Mountain Province, Philippines)

PAGULAYAN, Alicia Ely J. faculty-pagulayan-alicia-ely2013-ma-2x2-gray(Associate Professor 2)

Degrees

  • Master of Science in Biology (University of the Philippines – Diliman, Quezon City, Philippines)
  • Bachelor of Science in Zoology (University of the Philippines – Diliman, Quezon City, Philippines)

PANER, Crisencio M. ust-f-sci-biosci-paner-cresencio-2016-ms-2x2-gray(Instructor 5)

Degrees

  • Master of Science in Microbiology (University of Santo Tomas – Manila, Philippines)
  • Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry (University of Santo Tomas – Manila, Philippines)

PANGILINAN, Ma. Victoria B. (Assistant Professor 3)

Degrees

  • Master in Biology Education (University of Santo Tomas – Manila, Philippines)
  • Bachelor of Science in Biology (Far Eastern University – Manila, Philippines)

ust-faculty-sci-biosci-papa-donna-mae-2013-ms-2x2-grayPAPA, Donna May D. (Assistant Professor 5)

Degrees

  • Doctor of Philosophy, major in Biological Sciences (University of Santo Tomas – Manila, Philippines)
  • Master of Science in Microbiology (Magna cum Laude) (University of Santo Tomas – Manila, Philippines)
  • Bachelor of Science in Medical Technology (University of Santo Tomas – Manila, Philippines)

PAPA, Rey Donne S. (Professor 3 / Professorial Lecturer 3)UST FACULTY Sci Bio - PAPA Rey Donne S (2014, PhD - 2x2 Gray)

Degrees

  • Doctor of Philosophy in Biological Sciences (Cum Laude) (University of Santo Tomas – Manila, Philippines)
  • Master of Science in Biological Sciences (Cum Laude) (University of Santo Tomas – Manila, Philippines)
  • Bachelor of Science in Biology (University of Santo Tomas – Manila, Philippines)

UST FACULTY Sci Bio - PAVIA Richard Thomas (2015, MS - 2x2 Gray)

PAVIA, Richard Thomas Jr. B. (Assistant Professor 4 / Assistant Professorial Lecturer 1)

Degrees

  • Doctor of Philosophy in Marine Biology (Silliman University – Dumaguete City, Negros Oriental, Philippines)
  • Master of Science in Marine Biology (Silliman University – Dumaguete City, Negros Oriental, Philippines)
  • Bachelor of Science in Biology (University of Santo Tomas – Manila, Philippines)

PERALTA, Elfrizson (Instructor 3)

Degrees

  • Master of Science in Biology (Summa cum Laude) (University of Santo Tomas – Manila, Philippines)
  • Bachelor of Science in Biology (University of Santo Tomas – Manila, Philippines)

RAMOS, John Donnie A. (Professor 5 / Professorial Lecturer 5)UST FACULTY Sci Bio - RAMOS John Donnie A (2014, PhD - 2x2 Gray)

Degrees

  • Doctor of Philosophy in Molecular Biology / Immunology (National University of Singapore – Singapore)
  • Master in Biological Sciences (Cum Laude) (University of Santo Tomas – Manila, Philippines)
  • Bachelor of Science in Biology (Cum Laude) (Philippine Normal University – Manila, Philippines)

RIMANDO, Marilyn G. (Assistant Professor 4 / Assistant Professorial Lecturer 1)

Degrees

  • Doctor of Philosophy in Molecular Biology (National Yang Ming University – Taipei, Taiwan, Republic of China)
  • Master of Science in Biological Sciences (University of Santo Tomas – Manila, Philippines)
  • Bachelor of Science in Biology (University of Santo Tomas – Manila, Philippines)

ust-f-sci-biosci-sabit-maureen-2016-ms-2x2-graySABIT, Maureen B.(Associate Professor 1)

Degrees

  • Doctor of Philosophy, major in Biological Sciences (University of Santo Tomas – Manila, Philippines)
  • Master of Science in Biological Sciences (Cum Laude) (University of Santo Tomas – Manila, Philippines)
  • Bachelor of Science in Botany (University of Santo Tomas – Manila, Philippines)

SANTOR, Propa Joy R. (Instructor 3)

Degrees

  • Master of Science in Biological Sciences (Magna cum Laude) (University of Santo Tomas – Manila, Philippines)
  • Bachelor of Science in Biology (University of Santo Tomas – Manila, Philippines)

SANTOS, Mary Ann G. (Associate Professor 1 / Associate Professorial Lecturer 1)

Degrees

  • Doctor of Philosophy in Marine Science (University of the Philippines – Diliman, Quezon City, Philippines)
  • Master of Science in Microbiology (University of the Philippines – Diliman, Quezon City, Philippines)
  • Bachelor of Science in Microbiology (University of Santo Tomas – Manila, Philippines)

SOLIVEN, Gerald Thomas A. (Instructor 4)

Degrees

  • Master of Science in Biological Sciences (Cum Laude) (University of Santo Tomas – Manila, Philippines)
  • Bachelor of Science in Biology (University of Santo Tomas – Manila, Philippines)

VALDEZ, Michael C.UST FACULTY Sci BioSci - VALDEZ Michael C (2016, Dr rer nat - 2x2 Gray) (Assistant Professor 3)

Degrees

    • Doctor of Philosophy in Microbiology (Magna cum Laude) (Georg-August University – Gottingen, Germany)
    • Master of Science in Microbiology (Magna cum Laude) (University of Santo Tomas – Manila, Philippines)
    • Bachelor of Science in Microbiology (University of Santo Tomas – Manila, Philippines)

VENTURINA, Russel Evan L. (Assistant Professor 3)

Degrees

    • Master of Science in Biological Sciences (Magna cum Laude) (University of Santo Tomas – Manila, Philippines)
    • Bachelor of Science in Microbiology (University of Santo Tomas – Manila, Philippines)

History

The Department of Biological Sciences of the University of Santo Tomas started as the Department of Zoology of the former College of Liberal Arts. It provided the basic requirements for Biology in the Bachelor of Arts program as well as the Associate in Arts program, a two-year- requisite in Pre-Law and Pre-Medicine. The existing interest in the objectives of the department led to the development of the B.S. Zoology program. Six graduates received the B.S. from 1936 to 1948. The first batch of post-war Majors in Zoology was granted their degrees in 1949.

The department continuously stirred great interest in this field of study as proven by the consistently increasing enrollment in the years that followed. The pre-medicine program was strengthened in Chemistry, Mathematics, Physics, and Animal Sciences. This led to the development of the four-year B.S. General Curriculum. It was in the late 1970’s that the Ministry of Education, Culture, and Sports issued a directive that the B.S. General program be further infused with more dynamic sciences such as Ecology and Biostatistics. This eventually led to the evolution of the B.S. Biology program in the late 1980’s, hence, transforming the Department of Zoology into the Department of Biological Sciences. Now, the department is the largest in the College of Science in terms of student and faculty population.

Since its inception, the Department has been witness to many changes and milestones. In 1979, the Department was the first in the Philippines to offer a B.S. Microbiology program making UST the only Philippine university offering the said degree. The department was likewise granted the status “Center of Development” (2006) and “Center of Excellence” (2010) in Biology by the Commission on Higher Education.