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Dr. Chitho Feliciano (middle) receives the First Prize Award for the 2018 National Academy of Science and Technology (NAST) Talent Search for Young Scientists, awarded on July 12, 2018 at the Manila Hotel during the NAST 40th Annual Scientific Meeting. He is joined by Department of Science and Technology (DOST) Secretary Fortunato De La Peña (right) and NAST President, Acd. Rhodora Azanza (left).

PNRI Researcher Wins 2018 NAST Talent Search for Young Scientists

For his contribution to the field of radiation biology and nanomedicine research, Dr. Chitho Feliciano of the Department of Science and Technology – Philippine Nuclear Research Institute (DOST – PNRI) recently won the First Prize for the 2018 National Academy of Science and Technology (NAST) Talent Search for Young Scientists.

Dr. Feliciano received the award along with several other outstanding scientists and researchers who won in various categories during the closing of the NAST 40th Annual Scientific Meeting held at the Manila Hotel on July 12, 2018. The award includes a plaque of recognition, cash prize, and research grant from the DOST.

Dr. Feliciano joined the PNRI in 2004 under the Atomic Research Division of the Institute. In 2013, He was awarded with a Japanese Government Ph.D. Scholarship (Monbukagakusho) and finished his doctorate degree in Materials Science with special focus in Radiation Research at the University of Tsukuba, Japan in 2017.

His research projects in radiation biology and nanomedicines aim to improve protection measures against accidental exposure of radiation workers, patients and the general public to ionizing radiation. Many of these projects also won numerous awards in local and international scientific meetings and conferences since 2008. A prolific writer with eleven scientific articles in internationally-indexed peer-reviewed journals, he also served as the editor-in-chief of the Philippine Nuclear Journal, and serves as a reviewer of several international Scopus indexed journals.

Dr. Feliciano currently serves as the Section Head of the PNRI Health Physics Research Section – one of the youngest in the history of the Institute. The section conducts research projects involving radiation biology research and environmental radioactivity monitoring. He is also a regular member of the National Research Council of the Philippines (NRCP), One Expert Philippines and the International Radiation Research Society (RRS).