The University of Santo Tomas Collection of Microbial Strains (USTCMS) offers a unique collection of indigenous, clinical and biotechnological microbial strains. It maintains locally isolated marine luminous bacteria, clinical bacterial isolates, filamentous fungi and yeasts of terrestrial and marine origin, microalgae and Streptomyces. Formally established in 2003 with the launching of its first edition catalogue, it is presently located at the 3rd floor of the Research Center for the Natural and Applied Sciences, Thomas Aquinas Research Complex, University of Santo Tomas in Manila. In 2004, the UST CMS joined the Philippine Network of Microbial Culture Collections (PNMCC).
The USTCMS also offers other microbiological services such as food and water analysis and antimicrobial assays to students, researchers, and academicians. It provides training courses and seminar-workshops to local community engaged in the utilization of microorganisms and microbiological processes. It likewise offers consultation services in the field of microbiology to the UST collegiate and medical communities as well as interested parties from the Philippine private and public education sectors.
At present, USTCMS is a proud member of the World Federation of Culture Collections (WFCC) and Asian Consortium for the Conservation and Sustainable Use of Microbial Resources (ACM).