Chemist, Research and Biotechnology Division of St. Luke's Medical Center
Quezon City, Philippines
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Organizations:Research and Biotechnology Division of St. Luke's Medical Center
Integrated Chemists of the Philippines, Philippine Society for Cell Biology
IYC Interests:Increase the public appreciation and understanding of chemistry
Encourage interest of young people in chemistry
Generate enthusiasm for the creative future of chemistry
Chemistry, being the central science, spans several other forms of science. It is not therefore common for many of us to be involved in other fields of science while working as chemist. In my case, I started out initially as an analytical chemist working in a hospital laboratory. Now, I am dabbling in research works that include drug discovery and molecular medicine. I work at the interface of chemistry and medicine.
It is also true that many have gone further and are now working in fields that are not related to chemistry. For instance, a chemist...who is now a software programmer, a chemist...who is now rockstar (not sure if there really is one right now), a chemist...who is now a talk show host, a chemist who is now a pilot. All of these professionals can still contribute to the field of chemistry (in cash (^_^) or in kind).
For the IYC 2011, I would like to gather all the chemists who have changed career path but are willing to give their time and effort to make IYC a success. We can create a group for them and see what talents, resources they have which they could offer for the International Year of Chemistry.
Also, as a chemist in the field of healthcare and medical research, I am very much willing to organize events which will generate awareness on the role of chemistry in medicine.
Finally, if I have the time to make an essay for this one...I'm pretty sure I have the time for other activities. So don't hesitate to invite me to join. Thank you and mabuhay ang mga kimiko (long live the chemists)!!!