Bio Prof, Wilfredo Barrera Jr., receives ASEAN-India research fellowship

Post date: 18-Jul-2019 14:23:26

Mr. Wilfredo Barrera Jr., faculty-researcher under the BS Biology program, is one of only 50 researchers from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations to receive the prestigious and competitive ASEAN-India Research Training Fellowship this year to do research for six months in India.

Mr. Barrera will be working on expression analyses of zinc metabolism genes of biofortified rice lines at the ICAR-Indian Institute of Rice Research, under the supervision of Dr. C.N. Neeraja, Principal Scientist (Biotechnology) of the Crop Improvement Division. Just last year in November, Mr. Barrera has also received a scholarship grant to attend a summer school on Food Nutrition and Security at the University of Costa Rica.

The ICAR-Indian Institute of Rice Research, Mr. Barrera's host institution

The ASEAN-India Research Training Fellowship is a flagship funding program started by the Department of Science and Technology (DST), Government of India under the ASEAN India Science and Development Fund, with Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) as the implementation partner.

The fellowship aims to support ASEAN young researchers to work at any of the Indian research/academic institutions. The opportunity was first made available to Southern Luzon State University-College of Arts and Sciences after having been invited to be part of the ASEAN University Network-India Innovation and Technology Summit in December, attended by Dean Mari Jane Lee and Dr. Shiela Manzanilla. // CAS Web Development Team