Dr. Umaly is UC's New Vice President for R&D and Special Projects

June 08, 2010

The University of the Cordilleras' Board of Trustees has appointed a vice-president for research, development and special projects in the person of molecular biologist and geneticist Dr. Ruben Castillo Umaly.

Dr. Umaly's appointment further boosts UC's capabilities at research and development pursuant to the university's ideals of "giving back" through new discoveries and further learning. UC advances the principle that learning and discovery should not only exist in an institutional vacuum but should benefit a larger society. Dr. Umaly's mandate to undertake special projects as an adjunct to research and development follows this principle.

Dr. Umaly is the secretary general of the Association of Universities of Asia and the Pacific based at the Suranaree University of Technology, Nakhon, Ratchasima, Thailand. He is also a director of the AUAP Center for Lifelong Professional Education and Languages at the Siam University in Bangkok, Thailand. He is a professorial lecturer in Molecular Genetics and Epidemiology at a graduate school in Manila and a member of the Board of Regents of a Pasig university. He also served in the administrations of several universities for international relations and in Academic Affairs, planning and development in a central Luzon university. His practice in development, research, teaching and scholarship took him to some foundations and research organizations in Southeast Asia contributing to research in Tropical Biology while teaching Bioogical Sciences at universities in Indonesia and directing International Affairs at the Suranaree University of Technology in Nakhon, Ratchasima, Thailand. In the Philippines, he was professor of Biological Sciences and Public health in both the baccalaureate and graduate school programs of various Quezon City and Manila universities.

Dr. Umaly earned his bachelor's degree in Zoology at the University of the Philippines in Diliman. His graduate degrees include a master's degree in Public Health from the University of the Philippines Manila and Master of Science in Radiation Biology from the University of Birmingham in England. He earned his doctorate in Radiation Biology (Biophysics) also from the University of Birmingham. Later he went to Oxford University for further studies in Molecular Genetics. He was a French government fellow, a World Health Organization fellow, and a research fellow for universities in Europe and Japan. His studies included Radiation Immunology, Immunology of Tropical Parasites, Parasitic Immunology, Molecular Genetics and Environmental Mutagens.

Dr. Umaly is a recipient of the prestigious Chevalier d'Academic de Palm D'Or (Knight of the Academy of the Golden Palm) from the government of France among other honors obtained from governments abroad and from academic organizations.

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