By Lyncen M. Fernandez
UP Visayas -
Dr. Sharon N. Nuñal, a faculty member of the Institute of Fish Processing Technology, College of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences, UP Visayas was awarded the Best Paper Award by The Society of Antibacterial and Antifungal Agents, Japan during its annual general meeting on May 19, 2015 in Osaka Science and Technology Center.
According to the website: www.fish.kagoshima-u.ac.jp/efish/news, this was the first time that the Society has given the award to a non-Japanese.
The winning paper is entitled “Bioremediation of heavily oil-polluted seawater by a bacterial consortium immobilized in cocopeat and rice hull powder,” which was an output of Nuñal’s graduate research on the bioremediation of heavy oil-polluted tropical marine environment. “The study involved the application of bacterial strains to clean-up oil pollution. The underlying processes of heavy oil degradation as well as the bacterial community dynamics during the remediation process were also elucidated in the said study.”i
Nuñal is a UPV alumna (BS Fisheries, 2001). In 2009, she earned her Master of Science in Bioresources Science at Mie University under the Japanese Government Scholarship (Monbukagakusho). She then proceeded to pursue a PhD in Fisheries Science in 2011 at The United Graduate School of Agricultural Sciences, Kagoshima University. She was under the supervision of Prof. Hiroto Maeda of the Laboratory of Microbiology, Faculty of Fisheries. She finished her PhD degree on March 2014. (With sources fromhttp://www.fish.kagoshima-u.ac.jp/efish/news/150603.html)