Macabeo of Chemistry, RCNAS secures Humboldt fellowship grant for drug discovery

Dr. Allan Patrick Macabeo, a faculty member of the Department of Chemistry, is one of the first recipients of the Digital Cooperation Fellowship grant of the Humboldt Foundation, of which he is an alumnus under the Alexander von Humboldt George Forster Postdoctoral Fellowship program.

Macabeo’s project, entitled “Drug discovery of biologically active natural products from Philippine Hypoxlon Species,” will be a collaboration between UST as the Home Institution and the Helmholtz Center for Infection Research in Germany, represented by Prof. Dr. Marc Stadler, as Virtual Host Collaborator.

The project will look into “untapped fungal natural products from Philippine Hypoxylaceae,” which when studied is seen to increase the chances of finding novel antibiotic compounds. The need for new chemotherapeutic treatments has been highlighted by the “rapid development of drug-resistant strains.”

The virtual collaborative work aims to find new secondary metabolites with potent antibiotic properties and will last from September 2021 to January 2022, provides Georg Forster Humboldt alumni from “developing and emerging countries who are facing multiple challenges during the long-lasting pandemic. Macabeo’s project will receive a lump-sum amount of 3,000 EUR per month.

Macabeo becomes one of the first recipients of the newly created Digital Cooperation Fellowship grant of the Humboldt Foundation, which also receives funding from the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development.

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