Findings on Dr. Adrian Ybañez’s study, “The phylogenetic analysis of an Anaplasma sp. closely related to Anaplasma phagocytophilum from Cattle in Cebu, Philippines” were heard at the American Society of Microbiology Microbe Congress on June 20-24, 2019 in California, USA.
Cebu Technological University’s poster presentation, through the vice president for research and development, shed light on phagocytophilum, a tick-borne bacteria that can infect both humans and animals and can also cause significant clinical signs.
Dr. Ybañez pioneered the first molecular characterization of the species in this genus in the Philippines. This is among the focus of the newly established R &D center of CTU, Institute of Molecular Parasitology and Protozoan Diseases, which he also currently heads.
His travel was fully funded by a grant from the US Defense Threat Reduction Agency’s (DTRA) Biological Threat Reduction Program (BTRP).
Resolute direction in research such as this resonates with CTU’s vision to be the prime research university of the region. Jonathan Etcuban