ask theory, pia bagamasbad, science & research, molecular endocrinology

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 106: Bakit Ang Hirap Maging Scientific Researcher Sa Pilipinas?

Dr. Pia Bagamasbad is an Associate Professor and the Director of the National Institute of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology (NIMBB) in UP Diliman. Her research work aims to understand the molecular basis of hormone action in the context of neuronal development and hormone-related cancer such as breast and prostate cancer. In 2019, Dr. Bagamasbad was given the distinction of Outstanding Young Scientist by the National Academy of Science and Technology (NAST), and in 2022, she was named one of The Outstanding Women in the Nation’s Service (TOWNS).

We talked about the areas of everyday life connected to molecular endocrinology, her research on hormone-related cancer, her team’s unique role in the Philippines’ pandemic response, the three biggest problems that make research in the Philippines difficult, mentoring the next generation of Pinoy scientists, and more.

How to contact Dr. Pia:

  • Email: pdbagamasbad@up.edu.ph

Listen to Ask Theory Episode 106 here:


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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.