Philippine Science Letters
vol. 5 | no. 1 | 2012
published online April 24, 2012


Transcending Biochemistry
beyond Borders

by Roberta N. Garcia

Crop Science Cluster-Institute of Plant Breeding (CSC, IPB),
College of Agriculture,
University of the Philippines Los Baņos



Dr. Evelyn Mae Tecson-Mendoza is one of the leading biochemists in the Philippines. In 1976, she was invited to head the Biochemistry Laboratory of the Institute of Plant Breeding, College of Agriculture, University of the Philippines Los Baņos, by its founding director, Dr. Emil Q. Javier. Since then, Dr. Tecson-Mendoza has remained at the forefront in advancing the fields of plant biochemistry and modern biotechnology in the Philippines. She pioneered and contributed significantly to the discovery of new scientific knowledge, and the development of technologies and methodologies in the following areas: physicochemical and biochemical studies of important Philippine agricultural crops; biochemical mechanisms of plant resistance against selected pests and diseases; basic studies on coconut oil and proteins including the biochemical basis for the makapuno coconut phenotype; development and use of biochemical and molecular tools in studying genetic diversity of plants and pests; physicochemical, functional, molecular studies and engineering of mungbean proteins; and development of papaya with delayed ripening trait by genetic engineering.