Department of Biological Sciences

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)

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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)

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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

Our Identity

Our Identity

Latest News and Events

August 24, 2018 R. Papa presents papers in 34th Int’l. Society of Limnology conference
December 15, 2017 3rd UST-USP Joint Symposium goes to Hikone, Japan
September 12, 2017 R. Papa presents papers on invasive species in Singapore conference
September 5, 2017 Myanmarian EU-SHARE exchange student studies Biology
July 13, 2017 Briones wins Talent Search for Young Scientist in 39th Annual Scientific Meeting of NAST
April 18, 2018 Dean Ramos elected vice-president of Philippine biology teachers’ association
April 4, 2017 Gumatay of BSc Bio wins BPI-DOST awards
March 21, 2017 Biology, Microbiology programs granted PACUCOA Level IV re-accredited status
January 21, 2017 Ramos, Maningas appointed Members of CHEd Technical Committees
January 21, 2017 Alejandro, et al. discover new plant in Agusan del Norte, name it in honor of Fr. Rector
September 1, 2016 Science hosts 5-day course on health management of fishes, crustaceans, and mollusks
July 26, 2016 Banag, Alejandro, Baldia, R. Papa, Maningas win CHEd Republika Awards
June 30, 2016 Ramos, dela Cruz, Alejandro, R. Papa, Maningas join top Philippine scientists in June 2016 Webometrics citation ranking
June 17, 2016 Aguinaldo, BS Bio, attends June-July summer program of University of British Columbia
June 12, 2016 BS Biology students win awards in first Philippine freshwater biodiversity symposium
June 10, 2016 UST, US – NAS, USAID PEER project host pioneering symposium on Philippine freshwater biodiversity and Lake Taal’s first Biomuseum
March 19, 2016 Maningas wins 2016 Newton Fund fellowship
January 25, 2016 BS Biology students, BioSci faculty receive intellectual property awareness training from ITSO
December 31, 2015 Biological Sciences department, programs declared Center of Excellence
September 30, 2015 Maningas, Science students win first place in DOST’s Regional Innovations Contests and Exhibits
September 11, 2015 Alejandro receives 2015 Gregorio Zara Achievement Award for Research
September 3, 2015 Dela Cruz recognized as 2015 Metrobank Outstanding Teacher
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.

Department Objectives

Department Objectives

  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

Administration and Faculty Members

Administration

PROF. REY DONNE S. PAPA, PhD

Chairperson

rspapa@ust.edu.ph | rey.donne.papa@ust.edu.ph

PROF. GINA R. DEDELES, PhDUST FACULTY Sci Bio - DEDELES Gina R (2014, PhD - 2x2 Gray)

Coordinator, Microbiology

grdedeles@ust.edu.ph

Faculty Members

ABRANTES, JOSE FRANCIS V.UST FACULTY Sci Bio - ABRANTES Jose Francis V (2013, MS - 2x2 Gray)

Rank: Assistant Professor 3

Degrees

Master of Science (National University of Singapore – Singapore)

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

Diploma in Medical Microbiology (Institute for Medical Research – Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia)

Recipient, Advanced Professional Training in Modern Industrial Biotechnology (Republic of Germany)

UST FACULTY Sci BioSci - ALBANO Pia Marie S (2016, PhD - 2x2 Gray)ALBANO, Pia Marie S.P.

Rank: Associate Professor 3 / Assistant Professorial Lecturer 2

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

Rank: Professor 5 / Professorial Lecturer 3

Degrees

Doctor of Philosophy in Natural Sciences (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)

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

Rank: Assistant Professor 4

Degrees

Master of Science in Mircobiology (University of Santo Tomas – Manila, Philippines)

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

BALDIA, SUSANA F.ust-f-sci-biosci-baldia-susana-f-2016-phd-2x2-gray

Rank: Associate Professor 3 / Professorial Lecturer 1

Degrees

Doctor of Philosophy in Aquatic Environmental Science (United Graduate School of Agricultural Sciences – Ehme University – Japan)

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

Bachelor of Science in Zoology (Far Eastern University – Manila, Philippines)

BANAG, CECILIA I.UST FACULTY Sci BioSci - BANAG Cecilia A (2016, Dr rer nat - 2x2 Gray)

Rank: Associate Professor 3 / Assistant Professorial Lecturer 3

Degrees

Doctor of Natural Sciences (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)

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

Rank: Professor 2

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)

BRIONES, JONATHAN CARLO A.UST FACULTY Sci Bio - BRIONES Jonathan Carlo (2016, PhD - 2x2 Gray)

Rank: Instructor 3 / Assistant Professorial Lecturer 1

Degrees

Doctor of Philosophy, major in Biological Sciences (Cum Laude) (University of Santo Tomas – Manila, Philippines)

Master 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)

Rank: 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, Mountain Province, Philippines)

CASTILLO, JOSEFINO R.UST FACULTY Sci BioSci - CASTILLO Josefino R (2016, MS - 2x2 Gray)

Rank: 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)

CAUYAN, GIL A.UST FACULTY Sci Bio - CAUYAN Gil A (2013, MS - 2x2 Gray)

Rank: Associate Professor 2

Degrees

Master of Science in Public Health (University of the Philippines – Manila, Philippines)

Bachelor of Science in Medical Technology (Far Eastern University – Manila, Philippines)

Diploma in Applied Parasitology and Entomology (Institute for Medical Research – Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia)

Recipient, Group Training in Parasitology (The Institute of Tropical Medicine – Nagasaki University, Japan)

CREMEN, Chiela M.UST FACULTY Sci BioSci - CREMEN Ma Chiela (2014, MS - 2x2 Gray)

Rank: Assistant Professor 1

Degrees

Master of Science in Botany (University of the Philippines – Los Baños, Laguna, Philippines)

Bachelor of Science in Botany (University of Santo Tomas – Manila, Philippines)

DE JESUS, MA. SHEILA M.UST FACULTY Sci Bio - DE JESUS Maria Sheila (2013, MS - 2x2 Gray)

Rank: 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)

Rank: Professor 3 / Professorial Lecturer 2

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, JEANE A.UST FACULTY Sci BioSci - DELA CRUZ Jeanne A (2016, MS - 22 Gray)

Rank: Instructor 3

Degrees

Master of Science in Food Science (Magna cum Laude) (University of Santo Tomas – Manila, Philippines)

Bachelor of Science in Biology, major in Microbiology (University of the Philippines – Los Baños, Laguna, Philippines)

DELA CRUZ, THOMAS EDISON E.

Rank: Professor 5 / Professorial Lecturer 2

Degrees

Doctor of Natural Sciences (Unviersity 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.UST FACULTY Sci Bio - DIESMOS Mae Lowe L (2014, MS - 2x2 Gray)

Rank: 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)

JAVIER, SONIA N.

Rank: Assistant Professor 3

Degrees

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)

LUMANLAN, Neil Ian P.ust-f-sci-biosci-lumanlan-neil-ian-p-2016-ms-2x2-gray

Rank: Instructor 3

Degrees

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

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

MANINGAS, MARY BETH B.UST FACULTY Sci Bio - BACANO-MANINGAS Mary Beth (2014, PhD - 2x2 Gray)

Rank: Professor 2 / Associate Professorial Lecturer 3

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 – Diliman, Quezon City, Philippines)

Bachelor of Science in Biology (Centro Escolar University – Manila, Philippines)

ORDAS, JORGE ANTON D.ust-f-sci-biosci-ordas-jorge-anton-2016-ms-2x2-gray

Rank: 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.UST FACULTY Sci BioSci - PAGUIRIGAN Jaycee Augusto G (2015, PhD – 2×2 Gray)

Rank: Assistant Professor 1

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)

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Rank: 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

Rank: 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.faculty-pangilinan-ma-victoria2013-ma-2x2-gray

Rank: Assistant Professor 3

Degrees

Master of Science in Biology Education (University of Santo Tomas – Manila, Philippines)

Bachelor of Science in Biology (Far Eastern University – Manila, Philippines)

PAPA, DONNA MAY D.L.C.ust-faculty-sci-biosci-papa-donna-mae-2013-ms-2x2-gray

Rank: Assistant Professor 3

Degrees

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.UST FACULTY Sci Bio - PAPA Rey Donne S (2014, PhD - 2x2 Gray)

Rank: Professor 3

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)

PAVIA, RICHARD THOMAS JR. B.UST FACULTY Sci Bio - PAVIA Richard Thomas (2015, MS - 2x2 Gray)

Rank: Assistant Professor 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)

RAMOS, JOHN DONNIE A.UST FACULTY Sci Bio - RAMOS John Donnie A (2014, PhD - 2x2 Gray)

Rank: Professor 5 / Professorial Lecturer 3

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.

Rank: Assistant Professor 4

Degrees

Master in Biological Sciences (University of Santo Tomas – Manila, Philippines)

Bachelor of Science in Biology (University of Santo Tomas – Manila, Philippines)

SABIT, MAUREEN B.ust-f-sci-biosci-sabit-maureen-2016-ms-2x2-gray

Rank: Associate Professor 1

Degrees

Doctor of Philosophy, major in Biological Sciences (University of Santo Tomas – Manila, Philippines)

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

Bachelor of Science in Botany (University of Santo Tomas – Manila, Philippines)

SANTOS, MARY ANN G.UST FACULTY Sci BioSci - SANTOS Mary Ann C (2016, PhD - 2x2 Gray)

Rank: Associate Professor 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)

SIMEON, EMERITA C.UST FACULTY Sci BioSci - SIMEON Emerita C (2016, PhD - 2x2 Gray)

Rank: Associate Professor 3

Degrees

Doctor of Philosophy in Zoology (University of the Philippines – Diliman, Quezon City, Philippines)

Master of Science in Biology (Benemeritus) (University of Santo Tomas – Manila, Philippines)

Bachelor of Science – General Course (University of the East – Manila, Philippines)

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

Rank: Assistant Professor 3

Degrees

Doctor of Philosophy in Microbiology (Magna Cum Laude) (Georg-August University – 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)

VARGAS, VANESSA C.ust-f-sci-biosci-vargas-vanessa-c-2016-ms-2x2-gray

Rank: Instructor 3

Degrees

Master of Arts in Education, major in Biological Sciences (Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila – Manila, Philippines)

Bachelor of Science in Biology (Cum Laude) (Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila – Manila, Philippines)

ust-f-sci-biosci-velasco-rainer-ulrich-2016-ms-2x2-grayVELASCO, RAINIER ULRICH D.

Rank: 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)

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.