Microbiology Division

Microbiology Graduate Program

Lead unit: Institute of Biological Sciences, College of Arts and Sciences

Degrees offered: Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy

          The PhD program in microbiology is offered jointly by the Crop Protection Cluster and Food Science Cluster (CA), Forest Biological Sciences (CFNR) and the Institutes of Biological Sciences (CAS). The lead unit is the Institute of Biological Sciences.

Foundation courses:

MS: MCB 101, MCB 102, CHEM 160.1, MCB 299

PhD: MCB 101, MCB 102, MCB 120, MCB 150, PPTH 104

Minimum course requirements as cognate field: MCB 150, MCB 220

Core courses:

MS: MCB 130, MCB 220, CHEM 160.1, MCB 299

PhD: MCB 201, MCB 240, MCB 299 (2 units)

Graduate courses:

MCB 201. Advances in Microbiology (3). Current research and development in microbiology . 3 hrs (class). PR. COI. (1)

MCB 220. Physiology of Bacteria (3). Physiological processes in bacteria including study of bacteria variation and population dynamics. 5 hrs (2 class, 3 lab). PR MCB 101 and MCB 120. (2)

MCB 230. Advanced Microbial Genetics (3). Molecular genetics of microbial systems. 3 hrs (class). PR. MCB 130 or COI. (1)


MCB 240. Determinative Bacteriology (3). Bacterial identification, cultivation of representative groups of bacteria from their natural habitats. 7 hrs (1 class, 6 lab). PR. MCB 101. (1)

MCB 260. Advanced Industrial Microbiology (3). Microbiological and physiological aspects of fermentation processes. 3 hrs (class). PR. MCB 160. (2)

MCB 270. Microbial Toxins (3). Nature, activity, and toxigenicity of bacterial and fungal toxins affecting man and other animals; methods of isolation, detection, and quantification. 5 hrs (2 class, 3 lab). PR. MCB 101 and CHEM 160.1 or COI. (2)

MCB 290. Special Problems (1-3). May be taken twice provided that the total number of units to be credited to the student’s program will not exceed 4 units. (1,2)

MCB 291. Special Topics (1-3). May be taken twice provided that the total number of units to be credited to the student’s program will not exceed 4 units. (1)

MCB 299. Graduate Seminar (1). May be taken twice. (1,2)

MCB 300. Master’s Thesis (6). (1,2)

MCB 400. Doctoral Dissertation (12). (1,2)



Professors:                       Ida F. Dalmacio, PhD

                                          Asuncion K. Raymundo, PhD

                                          Agnes F. Zamora, PhD

Associate Professor:        Wilma T. Cruz, PhD

Assistant Professors:       Gem D. Encarnacion, MS

                                          Bernadette C. Mendoza, DPH

                                          Rina B. Opulencia, MS

                                          Noel G. Sabino, MS

                                          Carmela C. Waje, MS

Affiliate Faculty

Professor:                        Avelino D. Raymundo, PhD

Associate Professor:       Edna Y. Ardales, PhD

Assistant Professors:      Rosario G. Monsalud, PhD

                                         Lorele C. Trinidad, PhD

Adjunct Faculty

Associate Professor:          Casiana M. Vera Cruz, PhD

Microbiological Services Fee

SERVICES OFFERED Cost of Analysis per sample
1. Microbiological Analysis
a. Total count  ( Bacterial count ) P1,020.00
                         ( Fungal count )  yeast & mold P1,020.00
b. Determination of total count and evaluation of microflora P 1,670.00
c.  Enumeration of     1.) Lactic Acid Bacteria P 2,000.00
                                  2.) Yeast P 2,000.00
                                  3.) Actinomycetes P 2,000.00
                                  4.) Detection of coliforms P 2,000.00
2. Food and feed analysis
a. Detection of Salmonella P3,130.00
b. Detection of Staphylococcus P3,042.00
c. Mold count P1,045.00
d. Yeast Count P1,045.00
3.Detection of Toxins
a. Quantitative determination of aflatoxin B1 P2,530.00
b. Quantitative determination of aflatoxin B1; qualitative P4,770.00
    determination of zearalenone, ochratoxin A, citrinin and 
    penicillic acid
c. Quantitative determination of aflatoxin B1 zearalenone,  P6,860.00
    ochratoxin A, citrinin and penicillic acid
d. Qualitative determination of zearalenone, ochratoxin A P3,650.00
e. Quantitative determination of zearalenone, ochratoxin A P3,085.00
     citrinin and penicillic acid
f. Detection of staphylococcal enterotoxin B P2,880.00
4. Test for potability of water P1,000.00
5. Antimicrobial testing/ organism P1,120.00
    ( gram +, gram - , yeast, mold )
6. Complete identification ( species level of )
a. Bacteria P6,085.00
b. Yeasts P6,280.00
c. Molds P2,000.00
7. Vitamins Assay
a. Vitamin B12 P2,245.00
b. Folic Acid P2,240.00
c. Niacin P2,230.00
d. Panthothenic acid P2,160.00
e. Riboflavin P2,260.00
8. Amino Acid Assay
a. Arginine P2,020.00
b. Cystine P2,210.00
c. Lysine P2,120.00
d. Methionine P2,080.00
e. Phenylalanine P2,080.00
f. Threonine P2,310.00
g. Tryphtophan P2,090.00
h. Tyrosine P2,100.00
9. AMES Test P 4,000.00
10. Minimum Inhibitory Concentration (MIC) Assay P 3,500.00
11. Others
a. Sterility Testing
b. Phenol Coefficient P 4,500.00
CULTURE: P390.00/tube     Anerobic organism  P 690.00/tube
TERMS: 50% Down payment upon receipt of sample.
*  approved originally by the UP Board of Regents on February 9, 1993;
    increased rates approved on April 11, 1996.