ask theory, virus hunting, phillip alviola

Hosted by EIC Mikael Angelo Francisco, Ask Theory shines the spotlight on Pinoy scientific brilliance, in a fun and entertaining “kwentuhan” format. Each episode of Ask Theory  features a Pinoy scientist from one of the various scientific disciplines. In a very casual conversation, guests explain what they do in simple terms, as well as share their fascinating stories: how they got into science, the challenges they face, what motivates them to pursue their fields, what future scientists from the Philippines can look forward to, and so much more.

Episode 54: Ba’t Andaming Virus Sa Katawan Ng Mga Paniki?

This episode features Prof. Phillip Alviola, an Associate Professor at the Institute of Biological Science at the University of the Philippines Los Baños and the UPLB Museum of Natural History’s curator for small mammals and other wildlife. He is a bat biologist who uses his expertise to study bat-borne viruses and develop community-based methodologies for monitoring biological diversity.

We talked about how to become a virus hunter, how viruses thrive in bats, zoonotic diseases and their connection to biodiversity conservation, other animals of interest for virus hunters, what every Filipino should understand about zoonotic diseases, and more.

How to contact Prof. Phillip:

  • Facebook: fb.com/phillip.alviola
  • Email: paalviola@up.edu.ph

Listen to Ask Theory Episode 54 here:

(Full transcript to follow; watch this page for updates)


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Author: Mikael Angelo Francisco

Bitten by the science writing bug, Mikael has years of writing and editorial experience under his belt. As the editor-in-chief of FlipScience, Mikael has sworn to help make science more fun and interesting for geeky readers and casual audiences alike.