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Kenneth Roquid and Jolo Ferrer from the Disease Molecular Biology and Epigenetics Laboratory (DMBEL) were 2 of 38 (out of some 1200 posters) conferred the Sigma-Aldrich Best Poster Award at the 26th Intern
Conference of the Korean Society for Molecular and Cellular Biology in Gangnam, Seoul, Korea held October 21-23, 2014. 
They share the honor with their research assistants and co-authors who are all graduate students in the lab: Lorenz Chua, Josh Malapit, Brandon Sy and Fidel Serrano. 

The winning posters are:

“MicroRNA Regulation of the Putative Competitive Endogenous RNAs PTEN, DNMT3B and TET3” by Kenneth Anthony Roquid, Mia Baquirin, Robert Lorenz Chua, Joshua Reginald Malapit, Brandon Mitchell Sy and Reynaldo Garcia.

“CRNDE Overexpression in HCT116 and Associated Changes in Transcript Levels of Stemness and Chemoresistance Markers” by Jose Lorenzo Ferrer, Robert Lorenz Chua, Joshua Reginald Malapit, Brandon Mitchell Sy, Fidel Emmanuel Serrano and Reynaldo Garcia. 

Other students of DMBEL who gave excellent poster presentations include Martin Qui, Liezel Tamon, John Rigor, Ada Agupitan, Arlou Angeles, Alvin Bello, Yana Manongdo, Vince Arafiles and Lech Tizon.


UP Manila Museum of a History of Ideas Inaugurated

On 22 October 2014 the University of the Philippines Manila inaugurated its Museum of a History of Ideas (UPM-MHI, also called UP Manila Museum). The museum celebrates the contributions of the University to the critical imagination that shaped the Philippines as a nation in the early 20th century.

The museum is one of UP’s centennial projects and was spearheaded by Sen. Edgardo Angara. The curator, Marian Pastor Roces, explained that the museum wants to highlight the role of UP in shaping the intellectual development and cultural imagination of the nation. They limited the years of focus, only those from 1910-1929.  Knowing that many of UP’s old artefacts were destroyed in the war, they have called for donations (of materials, of funds to buy materials).  

The aim is to build a “living” museum which means that there is a unit that will facilitate the collection of materials and will organize research activities for the development of the museum. The museum is still bare but the few things it has are very interesting; most of which are from private collections, of descendants of pre-war UP alumni. There are textbooks, photos, and dental and medical instruments, materials used in the College of Medicine, among other things.

The establishment of the UP Manila Museum of a History of Ideas was approved as a centennial project during the administration of Dr. Emerlinda R. Roman. As a Museum of a History of Ideas, it honors the stature of the University of the Philippines as an institution defining and implementing progressive ideas in the emergent nation. The current collection of the museum explores the ideas the university was associated with during the period of its establishment from 1900 to 1920s. 

The building where the museum stands was constructed in 1931, among the first buildings of the University of the Philippines in Manila. It served as the university infirmary (now the University Health Service) from 1931-1947. During the Second World War, the building was assigned as the emergency headquearterts of the administrative offices. 

By the authority of University President Vicente G. Sinco, the same building became the home of the College ofDentistry from May 1959 to April 2002. In 1961, during the term of Dean Ksoe D. Rodriguez, an annex was added to the building at its back. In April 2002, the College of Dentistry moved to a new building, located at the corner of Pedro Gil Street and Taft Avenue.
Restoration into the original lines of the building began in 2009. 

For more information, contact Jovy Zarate (Museum Manager/Curator)

University of the Philippines – Museum of a History of Ideas

UPM-MHI Building, Philippine General Hospital Compound
Padre Faura Street, Ermita, Manila 1000
Telephone number: (632) 904 0122
Mobile numbers: +63 927 842 0400, +63 999 504 0400
email address: [email protected]


UPLB Laboratory gets ISO Accreditation

The Central Analytical Services Laboratory (CASL) of BIOTECH UP Los Banos was awarded ISO/IEC 17025:2005 Accreditation.  International Organization for Standardization/ International Electrotechnical Commission) is an international standard followed by accreditation bodies to verify the competency of testing and calibration laboratories. CASL is a service laboratory providing chemical analysis of food and feeds, water and wastewater, and soil and fertilizer. Headed by Dr. Veronica P. Migo, the laboratory underwent renovation and upgrading as part of the preparation for accreditation.  CASL is the first testing laboratory under UPLB to be ISO 17025 accredited. The project was funded by the Department of Agriculture Biotechnology Program Implementation Unit. Previous funding was also provided by the Department of Science and Technology.

Visit the CASL website:  http://biotech.uplb.edu.ph/index.php/en/services/127-casl

Visit the UPLB NIMBB Biotech Lab website:  http://biotech.uplb.edu.ph/index.php/en/