Professor Cecilia B. Moran, Dr. rer. nat., faculty researcher of the Department of Biological Sciences, was elected as the Vice-Chairperson of Division V (Biological Sciences) of the National Research Council of the Philippines (NRCP).
Moran, the College of Science Secretary, is a prolific researcher specializing in the systematics of Philippine endemic plants and biodiversity conservation. Her work led to the discovery of new plant species including lxora alejandroi, lxora reynaldoi, lxora silagoensis, Timonius eremiticus and Mycetia suedixiana.
Among her recent projects is the Assessment, Inventory and Biological Surveys of Flora and Fauna in Del Carmen Siargao Island, funded by the DOST-NRCP.