Research priority areas

The University of San Carlos seeks to contribute to the science, technology, and management of human, food/health, water, energy and waste resources in Region 7 while keeping ethical, humanist, transformative, and Catholic perspectives.

Current projects on these various areas are summarized below:

Area on Food/Health

  1. Corn as staple: Production, distribution and consumption practices in Cebu, Philippines. Funding: CHED DARE TO. Principal investigator: Zona Hildegarde Amper, Department of Anthropology, Sociology, and History
  2. Culture and phenology of the brown seaweed Sargassum (Phaeophyceae, Ochrophyta) in southern Philippines. Funding: CHED DARE TO. Principal investigator: Danilo Largo, Department of Biology
  3. Phenotypic and genetic adaptation of Aedes aegyptii (Linneaus) to hot or cold conditions in the Philippines. Funding: DOST-PCHRD-GIA. Principal investigator: Frances Edillo, Department of Biology
  4. Anti-hyperglycemic and antimicrobial potential of extracts from selected plants in Cebu province. Funding: DOST-PCHRD-Drug Discovery and Development. Principal investigator: Patrick John Lim, Department of Chemistry
  5. Isolation, purification, and characterization of secondary metabolites from indigenous natural products of Cebu province. Funding: CHED PHERNet. Principal investigator: Patrick John Lim, Department of Chemistry

Area on Water

Bioaccumulation of copper, lead, and zinc in Poecilla reticulata (Guppy fish) and Cyperus alternifolius (Umbrella plant) from Butuanon River, Cebu City, Philippines. Funding: National Research Council of the Philippines (NRCP). Principal investigator: Josephine Castañares, Department of Chemistry

Area on Waste

Integrated processes in the treatment of mango wastes and the recovery of high-value products. Funding: CHED PHERNet. Principal investigator: Evelyn Taboada, Department of Chemical Engineering