Xavier University - Ateneo de Cagayan has secured a thesis grant from the DOST-PCHRD’s Undergraduate Thesis Grant in Natural Products program. The university proudly represents Misamis Oriental for Region X among the 19 program grantees chosen from 12 regions in the Philippines. The grant, amounting to 50,000 pesos, will exclusively support the research endeavor undertaken by 4th year Biology students, Muhammad Bin Abdulazis A Usman Jr and Jefferson Shaunrey O Yu.
XAVIER UNIVERSITY DOST-PCHRD GRANTEES. Left to right: Jefferson Shaunrey O Yu, Dr Maria Rhotsyn B Dacar, and Muhammad Bin Abdulazis A Usman Jr.
The study representing Xavier University, titled 'Uncovering the Medicinal Potential of Artocarpus odoratissimus (Marang) Peels: A Phytochemical Analysis, and Its Antioxidative and Anti-inflammatory Activity,' is guided by their thesis adviser, Maria Rhotsyn B Dacar PhD, a faculty member of the Biology Department at Xavier University - Ateneo de Cagayan. It aims to investigate the medicinal properties. Examining the antioxidative and anti-inflammatory effects of Marang Peels' extract aims to yield insights into the impact of chronic diseases like diabetes and the reduction of oxidants associated with cancer development. Additionally, the anticipated outcomes of this study aspire to catalyze further research into utilizing green waste, including peels and seeds, for alternative purposes. This extends beyond the medical realm, encompassing sustainable practices and waste reduction.