Let’s get to know more about this year’s twelve (12) Outstanding Young Scientists!
Today, let’s meet Dr. Melbourne R. Talactac.
Dr. Talactac is a prolific and passionate university faculty researcher from Cavite State University (CVSU). His key researches include the screening of plant extracts, natural substances, and synthetic peptides for their anti-microbial properties.
He also ventured on vaccine production against Influenza A virus on mice and evaluated the innate immunity of chickens and mice focusing on Toll-like receptor 4.
Currently, he is involved in detecting economically important diseases in animals like the avian influenza virus in the coastal areas in Cavite and tick-borne diseases from different animal species.
He is also conducting studies on the efficiency of rabies vaccination drives in Cavite and the overall anti-rabies immune status of veterinarians and veterinary medicine students.
Dr. Talactac obtained his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from the University of the Philippines Los Baños, Master of Science in Veterinary Medicine Major in Preventive Medicine from Chungnam National University, Republic of Korea, and his Ph.D. Veterinary Science from United Graduate School of Veterinary Science, Yamaguchi University. He is currently serving as the Dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, CVSU making him one of the youngest veterinary deans in the Philippines.
He was the first non-Japanese research recipient of the 2017 Young Researcher Award (Best Oral Presentation) of the Japanese Society of Veterinary Sciences in Kagoshima and was the first Filipino to receive the Presidential Award (Class Valedictorian) from UGSVS.