UST FOP Department of Biochemistry Visits HKUST for a Benchmarking Meeting

UST FOP Department of Biochemistry Visits HKUST for a Benchmarking Meeting

From left: Mark Kevin Devanadera, Angelica Crisostomo, Myla Santiago, Leonardo Guevarra, Jr., Yusong Guo, Minerva Daya, Robert K.M. Ko, Ruel Valerio De Grano, John Paulin, Maritess Cation, and Maricel Ranido.

To foster international collaborations and enhance academic excellence, the University of Santo Tomas (UST) Faculty of Pharmacy Department of Biochemistry embarked on a benchmarking visit to the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST) from March 12 to 16, 2024. The delegation from UST, comprising faculty members and researchers specializing in biochemistry, was warmly welcomed by Dr. Robert K.M. Ko, Acting Division Head, Division of Life Science, and Professor Yusong Guo at HKUST.

During the benchmarking activities, the UST delegation had the opportunity to tour state-of-the art research facilities and laboratories at HKUST, gaining insights into cutting-edge technologies and methodologies employed in biochemistry research.

Engaging discussions and knowledge sharing sessions facilitated a fruitful exchange of ideas, highlighting areas of mutual interest and potential collaboration. Dr. Minerva Daya, Chair of the Department of Biochemistry, UST Faculty of Pharmacy, expressed her appreciation for the warm hospitality extended by HKUST and emphasized the significance of international partnerships in advancing scientific research and education. “This benchmarking visit has provided us with invaluable insights and inspiration to further enhance our academic programs and research initiatives at UST. We look forward to exploring collaborative opportunities with HKUST in the field of biochemistry,” she remarked.

The visit to HKUST marks a significant milestone for the Department of Biochemistry paving the way for future collaborations and contributing to the advancement of biochemistry research in the Philippines and beyond.

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