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Dr. Asuncion K. Raymundo, Professor Emeritus for Microbiology and Biotechnology

Academician Dr. Raymundo was appointed Professor Emeritus for Microbiology and Biotechnology by the U.P. Board of Regents effective August 16, 2011. She completed her M.Sc. degree at the University of Hawaii, and her Ph.D. in Plant Pathology (bacteriology) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, U.S.A. She pursued post-doctoral research on molecular genetics and biotechnology at the International Rice Research Institute, Monash University, Osaka University and Kansas State University. Dr. Raymundo has been a dedicated faculty of the Microbiology Division of the IBS, helping develop many key courses and laboratory manuals in microbiology, plant pathology and microbial genetics. She has trained over 200 graduate and undergraduate students, and was awarded an Outstanding Teacher Award in 1987 and received a Presidential Diploma of Merit in 1988.

 

Dr. Raymundo has been a perspicacious Director of the IBS and Dean of the CAS for several years, and has been key in the development of integrative researches within the Biological Sciences and CAS. Some of her important research work includes studies on the genetic diversity and pathogenicity genes from Xanthomonas oryzae pv, and Ralstonia solanacearum—bacterial wilt on rice, and solanaceous crops and bananas, respectively. She is well recognized both globally and locally for her exceptional contribution to microbiology, based on her multiple awards, and was dubbed the first Filipina Molecular Microbiologist to pioneer the application of biotechnology to agriculture in the Philippines. Among her many awards, includes the National Research Council of the Philippines Distinguished Award in Biology, UPLB Outstanding Teacher and Outstanding Researcher, PCARRD Pantas Outstanding Researcher Award, Crop Science Society of the Philippine Achievement Award in Research, Philippine Society for Microbiology Outstanding Microbiologist Award, CHED Republica Award and the 2007 UP Outstanding Professional Award in Natural Sciences—Microbiology. In recognition of her contribution to the field of biology, she was conferred the status of Academician by the National Academy of Science and Technology (NAST) in 2002.

 

Dr. Raymundo has continued to be involved in research and extension works at the IBS. She still advises graduate students in their thesis research and still goes out to the field for her bioremediation advocacy. Recently, she gave a talk on the Fusion of Arts and Sciences: The Third Culture? Last August 2, 2013 as part of the lecture series “Celebrating UP’s Great Minds”. Currently she assists to serve in various committees in the University and actively participates in NAST functions and advocacies.