Yasser C. Cabansag, a graduate of the College of Veterinary Science and Medicine (CVSM) last April 2011, and the 7th placer in this year’s Veterinary Licensure Examination emerged 2nd place in the Young Scientist Forum during the 38th Annual Convention of Philippine Society of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (PSBMB) held at the University of Santo Tomas, Manila last December 9.
The forum involved the oral presentations of selected undergraduate theses.
This year, 13 undergraduate entries from different universities were submitted to the PSBMB but only five entries qualified as finalists for oral presentation.
Doctor Cabansag’s under-graduate thesis was entitled, “C-type Lectin is Upregulated in Pacific White Shrimp (Litopenaeus vannamei) Infected with White Spot Syndrome Virus in A Shrimp Farm.” It was conducted in the College of Fisheries – Molecular Biology and Biotechnology Laboratory (CF-MBBL) under one of the projects of Dr. Apolinario V. Yambot, dean of the College of Fisheries. It was funded by the Department of Science and Technology. His CVSM adviser was Dr. Jonathan V. Lazaro with Dr. Yambot as co-adviser.
Doctor Cabansag works as a research assistant of Dr. Yambot in the CF-MBBL.
The Young Scientists Forum (YSF) is a competition for outstanding undergraduate student researches with biochemistry and molecular biology components. The YSF which was established by Roche in 1995 has been conducted in the Philippines for the past three years in cooperation with PSBMB.