Vice-Rector for Research and Innovation Maribel G. Nonato, PhD, a natural products chemist from the Department of Chemistry and the Research Center for Natural and Applied Sciences, led the 2016 Gregorio Zara awardees, with Nonato bagging the award for basic science research.
Nonato, the Philippines’s “Pandan Queen,” is the pioneering researcher on the medicinal properties of the pandan, which is best known for its aromatic qualities. Nonato, who began the researches regarding pandan’s pythochemical and biological activities in 1991, started the slew of researches on pandan.
The news of the awarding was broken via Inquirer.net, days ahead of the September 22, 2016 ceremonies that coincide with the joint convention of the Philippine Association for the Advancement of Science and Technology and Asian Heads of Research Councils.
Previous Gregorio Zara awardees from UST include Office for Graduate Research Director Grecebio Jonathan D. Alejandro, Dr. rer. nat. and Graduate School Engineering Program Lead Maria Natalia R. Dimaano, PhD.
First reported in: http://technology.inquirer.net/52363/pandan-queen-leads-science-awards