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Vol. XXVI, 2nd Quarter
April–June 2008

Technology Generator

Dr. Evelyn Mae Tecson-MendozaThe IPB-UPLB Biochemistry Research Team is a pioneer and significant contributor in the discovery of new scientific knowledge, development of technologies and methodologies in physicochemical and biochemical studies of important Philippine agricultural crops; biochemical mechanisms of plant resistance against selected pests and diseases; basic studies on coconut oil and proteins including the biochemical basis for makapuno coconut phenotype; development and use of biochemical and molecular tools in studying genetic diversity of plants and pests;  development of papaya with delayed ripening trait through genetic engineering;  physicochemical, functional, molecular studies and engineering of mungbean proteins; and gene discovery in important crops.

These research outputs were published as 123 technical papers in peer-reviewed journals and books, and earned five Outstanding Research Team Awards, over 30 individual achievement awards, and 20 Best Paper awards.

The team also mentored and graduated 8 PhD, 32 MS, and more than 40 BS students.  It trained numerous others who are now researchers, educators, and leaders here and abroad. The team’s extensive research work is done in collaboration with scientists within and outside the country.

A leading member of the research team is Dr. Evelyn Mae Tecson-Mendoza, a member of the National Academy of Science and Technology since 1992. She is a research professor of biochemistry at the IPB-UPLB. She finished her BS in Chemistry cum laude from Mapua Institute of Technology, and MS and PhD in Biochemistry from the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

Dr. Tecson-Mendoza‘s research interests cover molecular mechanisms of plant resistance to pests and diseases, biochemical factors affecting nutritional quality and acceptability of plant foods, and plant biochemistry, molecular biology and biotechnology and their applications in plant breeding. She has, with co-researchers and students, published more than 90 technical papers in refereed journals, has co-authored two books, edited or co-edited five books, and has written 12 chapters in various books. Dr. Tecson-Mendoza is the recipient of several national, professional, and institutional awards and research paper awards. She is presently the editor-in-chief of the ISI-covered Philippine Agricultural Scientist.