Dr. Gina Dedeles, Carolyn Nanca and Bea Mateo presented their research studies and won poster awards at the very first ASEAN Microbial Biotechnology Conference held in Bangkok International Trade & Exhibition Centre (BITEC) Bangkok, Thailand. Nanca and Mateo, both DOST-SEI scholars did earn their spurs after successfully bringing home two poster awards for Agricultural Biotechnology and Environmental Biotechnology, respectively. Nanca's research was "Degradation of Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons (PAHS) by Moderately Halophilic Bacteria from Luzon Salterns" and Mateo's research was "In vivo Protective Property of Tomato Phylloplane Bacteria against a Pectinolytic Phytopathogen".
Dr. Gina R. Dedeles, Reuel M. Bennett, and Jovy Ann Casamorin presented their research works at the 113th General Meeting of the American Society for Microbiology at Denver International Convention Center, Denver, Colorado, USA. Casamorin, a DOST-SEI scholar, presented her MS Microbiology thesis entitled "Biosorption of Cadium (II) by Yeasts from Ripe Fruit Peels" at the Environmental Microbiology Division; while Bennett presented the three year hexavalent chromium research project of the UST Environmental and Applied Microbiology Group (USTeam) at the ASM International Lounge Room. Further, Bennett was appointed as the first Young Ambassador of ASM to Philippines.