Dr. Maribel G. Nonato
In line with the celebration of 2023 National Women’s Month, we will be featuring our NAST PHL women for Agha Monday!
Let’s get to know more about the empowered women of the National Academy of Science and Technology, Philippines (NAST PHL).
Dr. Maribel G. Nonato carried out pioneering research on the Pandanus grown in the Philippines. Her research focuses on the identification of novel or novel bioactive secondary metabolites from the Pandanus genus. The discovery of novel and structurally distinct alkaloids has led to the recognition of the genus Pandanus as a new source of biologically important alkaloids.
Dr. Nonato is a professor at the University of Santo Tomas (UST) for more than 38 years. Her students affectionately refer to her as the “Pandan Queen”. Since 2014, she serves as a Vice-Rector for Research and Innovation, the first female lay to assume the position at the University. She fostered the culture of innovation through the establishment of the DOST-TOMASInno Center, the Technology Business Incubator of UST.
Acd. Nonato obtained her Bachelor of Science in Chemistry in 1978, her Master of Science in Chemistry in 1986 from the University of Santo Tomas (UST), and her Doctor of Philosophy in Chemistry from the University of Wollongong (UOW), New South Wales, Australia in 1993 under the Australian Development Assistance Bureau (ADAB) scholarship. She was elected to the Academy in 2020.
For more information about Dr. Nonato, you may visit the NAST PHL website using this link: http://members.nast.ph/index.php/list-of-nast-members/details/1/133
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