Education and training background
I went to High School at the Ateneo de Manila, a Jesuit school in the Philippines.
My undergraduate degree (Bachelor of Science in Zoology) was obtained from University of the Philippines, Quezon City, Philippines (1983-1987). I graduated Cum Laude.
After a two-year stint as a High School Biology teacher at St. Scholastica's High School in Manila (yes, it was an all-girl's Catholic High School), I entered the graduate program of Boston University in the fall 1989 semester with a Presidential University Graduate Fellowship. I was in the laboratory of Dr. Jelle Atema at the Boston University Marine Program based in the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole, MA. I defended my doctoral dissertation in the fall of 1994 (awarded the Dean's Award for Outstanding Research) and was formally awarded my Ph.D. in 1995.
In October 1994, I joined the laboratory of Dr. Diego Restrepo at the Monell Chemical Senses Center, where I began my post-doctoral training. In 1997, I was promoted to Research Associate. I worked there until 2002.