ask theory, immunology, mario jiz, schistosomiasis

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 71: Ano Ang “Sisto,” At Bakit Ito Problema Sa Pilipinas?

Dr. Mario Jiz is the Chair of the Immunology Department at the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine (RITM). In 2017, the National Academy of Science and Technology (NAST) recognized him as an Outstanding Young Scientist for medical sciences due to his major contributions in schistosomiasis research and vaccine development.

We talked about the work of an immunologist, the highs and lows of pursuing the path of immunology, a disease that many Filipinos may not have heard of, the role of immunology during the COVID-19 pandemic, and more.

How to contact Dr. Mario:

  • Facebook: fb.com/SchistosomiasisNRL2020
  • Email: mario.a.jiz@gmail.com

Listen to Ask Theory Episode 71 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.