SUNICO, Diane Jane A.

SUNICO, Diane Jane A.

Ms. Dianne Jane A. Sunico is a professional food technologist and a registered chemical technician. She obtained her degrees in BS Food Technology and MS Applied Nutrition minor in Food Science from the University of the Philippines Los Baños. She was a DOST graduate scholar and a Phi Sigma Biological Sciences Honor Society member. She worked as a senior science research specialist under the Department of Science and Technology and has been involved in various research focusing on functional foods and the utilization of indigenous crops. She also provides consultancy services to product manufacturing corporations. Currently, she teaches courses in Food Science and Nutrition, including Food Analysis, Dairy Science and Technology, and Nutritional Biochemistry.

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Ms. Diane Jane A. Sunico, PFT, MSc

Department of Food Technology

dasunico@ust.edu.ph

Academic Qualifications

Research Highlights

Research Interests

Academic Qualifications

  • Master of Science major in Applied Nutrition, University of the Philippines, Los Baños, Laguna, Philippines, 2019
  • Bachelor of Science in Food Technology, University of the Philippines, Los Baños, Laguna, Philippines, 2015

Research Highlights

  • Evaluation of the nutritional and health-promoting properties of selected pigmented rice varieties in the Philippines
  • Development of Nixtamalized Philippine Corn for Food, Health, and Nutrition
  • In Vivo Investigation of the Effects of Philippine Duhat (Syzigium cumini L.) on Biomarkers of Obesity and Associated Metabolic Disorders (Dyslipidemia and Hyperglycemia)
  • Philippine Indigenous Berries: In vivo studies on toxicity and effects on biomarkers of obesity and associated metabolic disorders (dyslipidemia, inflammation, and oxidative stress)
  • Nutritional Properties of Nixtamalized Quality Protein Maize (Zea mays L. cv. IPB Var 6) Flour and its Potential as Flour Blend in Enhancing the Nutritive Value of Philippine Salt Bread
  • Rambutan (Nephelium lappaceum L.) fruit processing: Development of preserve and ice cream
  • Community Nutritional Assessment of Children Aged 24-71 Months in Barangay Sta. Lucia, Nagcarlan, Laguna
  • The Effects of Various Stabilizers on the Physicochemical, Sensory, and Textural Properties of Yogurt Drink

Research Interests

  • Evaluation of the nutritional and health-promoting properties of Philippine indigenous crops and the development of functional food products

Courses Handled

Major Recognitions

Professional Activities

Courses Handled

  • FT 7413 Food Analysis
  • ELEDST Dairy Science and Technology
  • ND 732 Nutritional Biochemistry

Major Recognitions

  • Phi Sigma Biological Sciences Honor Society, 2018-present

Professional Activities

  • Pioneer Member and Membership Council Head, UP Ana Kalang Society, 2014-2015

Selected Publications

Selected Publications

  • Cayetano AC, Atienza LM, Estacio MAC, Castillo-Israel KAT, Desamero MJM, Gapasin RP, Maniwang JRC, Navarro RC, Sunico DJA, Aranzado JRD, Bainto-Ancheta LC, Delomen JI, and Tengco JMJ. Subacute Oral Toxicity Evaluation of Freeze-Dried Fruits of Lipote (Syzygium polycephaloides (C.B. Rob.) Merr.) in ICR Mice. Pharmacognosy Research. 2023;15(3):504-513.
  • Tengco, J.M.J., Atienza, L.M., Sunico, D.J.A., Cayetano, A.C., Barrion, A.S.A., Estacio, M.A.C., and Castillo-Israel, K.A.T. 2023. Nutritional and phytochemical content of freeze-dried fruits of two Philippine bignay (Antidesma bunius (L.) Spreng) cultivars. Nat. Life Sci. Commun. 22(2): e2023028. 
  • Dela Cruz, M.A.A., Atienza, L.M., Gapasin, R.P., Maniwang, J.R.C., Sunico, D.J.A., Aranzado, J.R.D., Delomen, J.I., Bainto-Ancheta, L.C., Castillo-Israel, K.A.T., Cena-Navarro, R.B., Desamero, M.J.M., and Estacio, M.A.C. 2023. Acute Oral Toxicity Test of Philippine Bignay (Antidesma bunius (Linn.) Spreng cv. ‘Common’) in ICR Mice. Philippine Journal of Science, 152 (1): 443-458.
  • Jonina Marie J. Tengco, Liezl M. Atienza, Maria Amelita C. Estacio, Mark Joseph M. Desamero, Roxanne P. Gapasin, Jonna Rose C. Maniwang, Dianne Jane A. Sunico, James Ryan D. Aranzado, Loraine B. Ancheta, Rohani C. Navarro, Joan I. Delomen, Ann C. Cayetano, and Katherine Ann T. Castillo-Israel. Sub-acute Oral Toxicity Evaluation of Philippine Bignay (Antidesma bunius (L.) Spreng cv. ‘Kalabaw’) Fruit in ICR Mice. Philipp Agric Scientist (2022); 105(4):349-358.
  • Desamero MJM, Atienza LM, Claravall MAIG, Gapasin RP, Maniwang, JRC, Sunico DJA, et al. Acute Oral Toxicity Assessment of Freeze-Dried Lipote Fruit Extract (Syzygium polycephaloides (C. B. Rob.) Merr.) in ICR Mice. Pharmacogn J. 2022;14(5).
  • Liezl M. Atienza, Dianne Jane A. Sunico, Loraine B. Ancheta, James Ryan D. Aranzado, Carmela Jhoy G. Mercado, Aimee Sheree A. Barrion. Physicochemical and Antioxidant Properties of Selected Freeze-dried Philippine Indigenous Berries. International Research Journal on Innovations in Engineering, Science and Technology. 7(2021); 20-27.
  • Ann C. Cayetano, Liezl M. Atienza, Katherine Ann T. Castillo-Israel, Mark Joseph Desamero, Roxanne P. Gapasin, Jonna Rose C. Maniwang, Dianne Jane A. Sunico, James Ryan D. Aranzado, Rohani C. Navarro, Jonina Marie J. Tengco, Joan I. Delomen, Loraine C. Bainto Ancheta, Maria Amelita C. Estacio. Sub-acute Oral Toxicity Test of Freeze-Dried Fruits of Duhat [Syzygium cumini (L.) Skeels]. International Research Journal on Innovations in Engineering, Science and Technology. 7(2021); 10-19.
  • Jonina Marie J. Tengco, Liezl M. Atienza, Maria Amelita C. Estacio, Katherine Ann T. Castillo-Israel, Mark Joseph M. Desamero, Roxanne P. Gapasin, Jonna Rose C. Maniwang, Dianne Jane A. Sunico, James Ryan D. Aranzado, Rohani C. Navarro, Ann C. Cayetano, Joan I. Delomen, Loraine C. Bainto-Ancheta. Sub-acute Oral Toxicity Evaluation of Philippine Bignay [Antidesma bunius (L.) Spreng cv. ‘Common’] Fruits in ICR Mice. International Research Journal on Innovations in Engineering, Science and Technology. 7(2021); 01-09. 
  • Mercado, C.J.G., Atienza, L.M., Sunico, D.J.A., Maniwang, J.R.C., Gapasin, R.P., Gaban, P.J.V., Castillo-Israel, K.A.T., Cena-Navarro, R., Estacio, M.A.C. 2021. Antioxidant, Anti-obesity, and Lipid-lowering Properties of Philippine “Duhat” (Syzgium cumini L. Skeel) Freeze-dried Fruit Flesh. Philippine Journal of Science, 150 (4): 793-808. (with International Publication Award)
  • Maria Amelita Estacio, Liezl Atienza, Roxanne Gapasin, Jonna Rose Maniwang, James Ryan Aranzado, Carmela Jhoy Mercado, Maria Anville Dela Cruz, Nadja Dominique Fernandez, Dianne Jane Sunico, Katherine Ann Israel, Loraine Bainto, Joan Ilagan. Acute Oral Toxicity Test of Selected Philippine Indigenous Berries as Potential Food Supplements, Current Developments in Nutrition, Volume 4, Issue Supplement_2, June 2020, Page 684, https://doi.org/10.1093/cdn/nzaa050_007
  • Sunico, D.J.A., Rodriguez, F.M., Tuaño, A.P.P., Mopera, L.E., Atienza, L.M., and Juanico, C.B. 2021. Physicochemical and nutritional properties of nixtamalized quality protein maize flour and its potential as substitute in Philippine salt bread. CMUJ. Nat. Sci. 20(2): e2021035. (with International Publication Award)