The Science Research Center (SRC) serves as the research arm of the College of Science in support of and to promote individual faculty and institutional research projects. The Center is the College’s response to its aim of further enhancing science research not only in UPB but in Northern Luzon and the rest of the country. The SRC is equally envisioned to ultimately develop into a center of excellence in both basic research and innovation projects that will contribute to the development of technologies and products that are beneficial to Filipinos and the rest of the world. The SRC building was inaugurated in 2016 and SRC was formally established as the CS research arm and made part of the organizational structure of UPB in its 73rd University Council meeting on July 6, 2020. The SRC building currently houses UPB’s science laboratories that support the institution’s established research programs and projects in nanotechnology, plasma physics, energy physics, modelling and simulation, natural products, microbiology, and ecology. These laboratories all contribute to research outputs that are responsive to the needs of the various sectors of the locality and the larger society and also benefit the academic programs offered by the college namely the Master of Science in Conservation and Restoration Ecology, the Master of Science in Mathematics and the Doctor of Philosophy in Mathematics programs, as well as the undergraduate degree programs in Biology, Computer Science, Mathematics, and Physics. The SRC likewise serves as the facility to support research areas in other disciplinal clusters like Chemistry, Geology and Human Kinetics.

In line with the University’s commitment to public service, the SRC is also mandated to provide testing and analytical services for the use of specific and available laboratory equipment and relevant trainings in research and research-related initiatives. To this end, policies and guidelines on the use of the facility and procedures on how to avail SRC services are being firmed up. A website will also be created to provide easier access to information on past and current research undertakings in the College and the how-to’s in requesting for SRC services and trainings.

 

RESEARCH AREAS

BIOLOGY

General Biology

Provide a complete and well-rounded training for researchers in the field of general biology and to allow students and faculty to pursue fields of research other than microbiology and ecology.

Ecology and Systematics

The natural heritage of the Cordilleras and Northern Luzon has provided opportunities for the University of the Philippines Baguio to carve its own niche in ecological research, particularly in the fields of biodiversity, systematics, and conservation and restoration ecology. Research areas in ecology and systematics strengthens this niche and complements the graduate program offered by the Department of Biology (Master of Science in Conservation and Restoration Ecology). In ecology, researches deal mainly with processes influencing the distribution and abundance of organisms, the interactions among organisms, and the interactions between organisms and the transformation and flux of energy and matter, while systematics complements this by understanding units of biodiversity.

Microbiology

Microbiological research has a wide application not only for microbiology and other fields of biology, such as cytology, genetics, biochemistry, and biomedical sciences, but also for medicine and agriculture. The goals of microbiological research are the discovery, identification, and analysis of microorganism properties in water, soil, air, plant, and animals. It helps elucidate the role of microorganisms in the natural cycle of matter and their multifaceted role in plant, animal and human life.

CHEMISTRY

Natural Products and Environmental Studies

The availability of diverse and indigenous living materials in the Cordillera provides for research opportunities in natural products. The research may be of the disciplinal type such as studies on the phytochemistry of Cordillera  flora and fauna to  interdisciplinal such as establishment of baseline data on the cultural and traditional applications of such materials and the possible chemical basis for each application.

The increasing urbanization of Baguio City and adjacent municipalities and the existence of mining and agricultural industries in the region makes it imperative to study and monitor their environmental implications on the ecosystems of the region. Research opportunities in environmental studies can be conducted towards this end.

GEOLOGY

Geoscience

Research in said field may focus on environmental geology, remote sensing, geographic information science, geohazards, climate change.

HUMAN KINETICS PROGRAM

Human Movement Science

The research thrust of the Human Kinetics Program (HKP) aims toward integrating researches into the fundamental approaches in Human Movement Science. The field of Human Kinetics is recognized to have a wide area of concern that entails all human activities. Thereby researching a human movement phenomenon involves a strong multidisciplinary approach while understanding the various biological principles behind the field. Since the program only offers general Physical Education courses, the approach to accomplishing a research endeavor solely relies on the expertise of the faculty assigned in the program. They are believed to possess the essential research skills and knowledge cognate to developing effective intervention strategies in enhancing the curriculum and maintain the wellness of its stakeholders.

MATHEMATICS AND COMPUTER SCIENCE

Applied Dynamical Systems

This research group works on researches that utilize dynamical systems techniques to analyze mathematical models arising in applications such as in Physics and Biology. In particular, the group has been working on areas like Theoretical Ecology, Laser Dynamics, Mathematical Epidemiology, and Queueing Theory to name a few. The group is also the first in the Philippines to use the Theory of Delay Differential Equations, Equivariant Bifurcation Theory and Numerical Continuation in its researches.

Linear Algebra and Matrix Analysis

This research group works on matrix decompositions such as expressing any given matrix as a sum or product of two or more matrices belonging to a particular class. Concepts like canonical forms, singular values, inertia and ranks of matrices with real or complex entries are discussed and analogous results over finite fields or rings are generated.

Mathematical Modeling and Simulation (MaMoSim)

The MaMoSim group is the DMCS faculty and Graduate Student Research Seminar Series meeting weekly during the regular semester to discuss a variety of topics on mathematical models in biology, chemistry, physics, engineering, data processing, and other areas of application. Discussions include pertinent mathematical tools such as differential equations, for model analysis as well as numerical methods and algorithms. The group emphasizes the connections among modeling, simulation, analysis and experimental observation. Graduate students (and faculty) make presentations on the progress of their research. As it has developed, the group has become the de facto DMCS Research Colloquium.

Number Theory

The Number Theory Research Group focuses on determining the existence or non-existence of solutions of various types of exponential Diophantine equations. If solutions exist, the group tries to use elementary methods and other techniques to check whether there are finitely many or infinitely many solutions, and eventually find all solutions. The group also considers problems that are related to different types of prime numbers and their applications. The group is also exploring topics that involve elliptic curves and the circle method.

Statistics Research

The Statistics Research Group focuses both on applications of statistical techniques and theory. The areas of research are time series, regression, spatiotemporal methods, search algorithms, stochastic optimization, probability theory, and its applications to actual data. The group is currently working on infectious diseases like dengue, influenza, measles, and water-borne diseases. This group also actively participates in a weekly student research seminar.

Topological Data Analysis

The Topological Data Analysis Group in UP Baguio is an interdepartmental research group whose topics of interest lie in the intersection of Topology, Statistics, Applied Mathematics, and Computer Science including but not limited to computational topology, persistent homology and applications, clustering algorithms, spectral methods in machine learning and data analysis, and network analysis.

Numerical Modeling

The Mathematics and Computer Science Modeling Laboratory (MCSML) undertakes research projects relating to mathematical and numerical modeling. The research is particularly broad that covers mathematical and statistical analysis, computer simulation, data visualization and interpretation.

PHYSICS

Mathematical and Physical Characteristics of Cordillera Textiles

The project Cordillera Textile (CORDITEX) studies the anthropological aspect of the Cordillera weaving tradition and the technical attributes of the Cordillera weaving patterns. The idea is to understand the variety of the socio-cultural, religious, political and economic origins and functions in relation to ethno-linguistic styles. It also endeavors to appreciate the weaving patterns by taking a look at the mathematical symmetry and applying the principles of materials science.

Nanotechnology

Since its inception, the Micro and Nano Innovations Laboratory (minilab) has been working the synthesis and characterization of carbon nanomaterials, specifically carbon nanotubes and graphene, and their applications to energy harvesting and storage and as room temperature infrared sensors. We have developed carbon nanotube-based solar cells, graphene-based supercapacitors and bolometers using both carbon nanotubes and graphene as absorbers.

Plasma Physics

The Plasma Physics Laboratory in UP Baguio is engaged in characterization of laboratory plasmas as well as plasma processing of materials. The focus of most of the applied researches are directed towards possible solutions to some challenges presented in the Cordillera region e.g. clean water, traditional textile preservation and anti-bacterial applications among others. Basic researches include simulations and calculations of properties of atmospheric pressure plasmas.