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Some Filipino scientists formerly based abroad have joined other frontliners in the fight against COVID-19 and are now working in various hospitals in the country.

A professor of Chemistry and Associate Vice President for Research at the University of San Agustin, Dr. Jonel P. Saludes, is now assisting in assessing the capacities of the Western Visayas Medical Center (WVMC)’s facilities and technicians for compliance and accreditation by the Department of Health. Dr. Saludes trained on various fields like magnetic resonance spectroscopy and mass spectrometry, chromatography, and chemical biology, to name a few, from the University of California Davis and University of Colorado Boulder.

Dr. Doralyn S. Dalisay, a 2019 Outstanding Professional of the Year awardee in the field of Pharmacy given by the Professional Regulatory Commission, is also assisting in assessing the capacities of the Western Visayas Medical Center (WVMC)’s facilities and technicians for compliance and accreditation by the Department of Health.
Dr. Dalisay returned to the Philippines as the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) Balik Scientist in June 2015 to establish a research program on natural products drug discovery at the Center for Chemical Biology and Biotechnology (C2B2) in University of San Agustin. Incidentally, she holds two US patents on the use of a marine natural product for fungal infections and cancer.