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. Discovery of cardiometabolic bioactives from plants in Central Philippines. Funding: DOST-PCHRD-Drug Discovery and Development. Principal investigator: Patrick John Lim, Department of Chemistry
  5. Developing cold-soluble powders, bioplastics, and bioactive hydrogels from nano-structured carrageenan. Funding: DOST-PCIEERD. Principal investigator: Rommel Bacabac, Department of Physics
  6. Development of macroalgae-fermented feed additive for chicken using microbial system. Funding: DOST MECO TECO. Principal investigator: Paul John Geraldino, Department of Biology
  7. Amaranthus spinosus leaf meal as potential protein source for Nile Tilapia. Funding: DOST PCAARRD. Principal investigator: Jonie Yee, Department of Biology
  8. Binary gels-rheology of two-component biopolymer hydrogels investigated using optical tweezers and non-linear rheometry. Funding: DOST PCIEERD. Principal investigator: Rommel Bacabac, Department of Physics

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

Area on Energy

  1. Capacity in research and development embedded in case studies related to energy in the built environment and for rural electrification. Funding: CHED Newton Agham Institutional Links Grant. Principal investigator: Isabelo Rabuya, Department of Electrical and Electronics Engineering
  2. Clean energy living laboratory (CELL) for the Visayas. Funding: EU-ASEP. Principal investigator: Evelyn Taboada, Department of Chemical Engineering