ask theory, cyanobacteria, synthetic biology, angelo joshua victoria

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 96: Plastic-Eating Bacteria: Posible Nga Ba?

Angelo Joshua Victoria is a Synthetic Biology PhD student at the University of Edinburgh in the United Kingdom. He works with cyanobacteria, engineering their DNA using a wide array of molecular genetic tools to make them produce useful compounds for various industries. He is passionate about the importance and proper use of molecular biology to provide solutions to help mitigate the effects of the changing climate and improve the health of the planet. Prior to his PhD studies, he worked as a Senior Lecturer at UP Diliman’s Institute of Biology.

We talked about synthetic biology and what a synthetic biologist does, cyanobacteria and why they matter, the importance of blue biotechnology in the Philippines, the concept of sustainable bioproduction, cross-disciplinary applications of science, and more.

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Listen to Ask Theory Episode 96 here:

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