Ana Margarita Palma

CAFS-Host-Pathogen Interactions Laboratory

The HPI Laboratory is a plant pathology research and teaching laboratory that caters to students, staff, government offices, public and private clients in need of technical assistance in basic and/or advanced diagnostics and management of plant diseases. In the past seven years, the laboratory has pioneered the development of easy diagnostics for viral, fungal, and bacterial pathogens of high-value crops such as orchids, cacao, mango, and high-value vegetables. Its services include disease diagnosis of ornamentals, fruit crops, and vegetables; training on serological and molecular diagnostics of orchid viruses; and training on disease diagnosis (cacao, mango, and high-value vegetables).


SESAM-Integrated Studies Center for Water

In response to the water security challenges of our country, UPLB formalized the establishment of the Interdisciplinary Studies Center for Water as part of its interdisciplinary research thrust to RDE programs. UPLB Interdisciplinary Studies Center for Water envisions to be a center of excellence in research, development, and extension towards water security for all. The center seeks to generate science-based information for efficient, equitable and sustainable management of water resources. The center’s goal is to sustainably manage water resources for national development through interdisciplinary research, responsive policy, partnership, and capacity-building.


SESAM-Water Laboratory

This is a graduate studies laboratory for water-related research. The group, which consists of water specialists and experts from various fields and graduate students with research specialization in water, focuses on mentoring graduate students in keeping track of their research.


CAFS-Postharvest Horticulture Training and Research Center

PHTRC have specialized laboratories specifically for the postharvest science of tropical horticultural crops. The laboratories can generate basic data such as morpho-anatomy, biochemistry, pathology and entomology, postharvest physiology, biotechnology, and engineering of tropical horticultural crops. UPLB students specializing in Postharvest Horticulture or those taking postharvest courses also have access to these laboratories. Some services are provided, subject to approval depending on the availability of personnel and equipment.


CEAT-Management Systems Engineering Program

The Management Systems Engineering Program is created to assist public and private organizations in developing and implementing the management systems needed to provide for the timely delivery of high-quality, cost-effective output. Established in 2012, the laboratory has research and instruction facilities which have numerous researches and projects accomplished, with the faculty members serving as project leaders.


CEAT-Instrumentation Laboratory

The Instrumentation Room/Laboratory is the area at which the equipment for Gas Chromatography, Gas Chromatography – Mass Spectrometry, Liquid Chromatography are located, together with other high-end equipment of the Department of Chemical Engineering such as the Fermac fermenter/bioreactor, Thermo Scientific Heratherm incubator, and Fisher refractometer. This laboratory is designated only for analysis of samples of undergraduate and graduate thesis students, and samples from research projects.


CEAT-Human Systems Engineering Program

The Human Systems Engineering Program (HSEP) plays a vital role in the design of any work system. It considers human capability and limitations to be able to apply them to the design, development, and deployment of systems and services to ensure its optimum performance and safety. As such, HSEP provides students, local and national organizations, and researchers with capability and expertise in human systems for better product designs and work environment. Established in 2012, the laboratory has research and instruction facilities which have numerous research and projects accomplished, with the faculty members serving as project leaders.

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