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PSM 44


Important Dates

Online pre-registrationStarts April 1, 2015
Abstract submissionStarts April 1, 2015
Last day of online pre-registrationuntil June 19, 2015
Last day of abstract submissionMay 20, 2015
Notification of abstract acceptanceStarts May 27, 2015

Message from the President

Dr. Windell L. Rivera
PSM President

The past years have been fruitful in the field of Science and Technology and it made us more fervent that Microbiology is now among its eminent developing areas. Undeniably, Microbiology abets and complements the minds of scientists in other fields leading to more multidisciplinary achievements; most remarkable is its role in health and medicine. The 44th Annual Convention and Scientific Meeting of the Philippine Society for Microbiology aim to convey timely topics with its theme Microbiology: Providing Solutions in Health and Medicine. In this convention, we hope that the habitual notion for microorganisms as contaminants or disease-causing agents evens out to their potential as keys, be it direct or indirect, in resolving health or related challenges. We have invited experts who will deliver talks on various topics that will make us appreciate and comprehend diseases and problems caused by microorganisms. With that, we hope to encourage aspirants to contribute in responding to the challenges that we are now facing. It should not always be a battle between humans and microorganisms. To stress the theme, we welcome the idea of exhausting microorganisms and the technologies developed today as tools in affording resolutions to problems that they may cause –that when we talk about microorganisms, it should not always be about controlling them. We hope that this convention will inform the community of the grander role of microorganisms in our daily lives. We encourage you to join and participate in this convention as its focus is well-timed and significantly affects us all.

Mabuhay ang PSM!


Convention Programme Teaser

Day 1: 16 July 2015

0715 – 0830Registration
0830 – 0900
Download a pdf version of this post on the Download Section
Download a pdf version of this post on the Download Section

Opening Ceremonies


National Anthem

Welcome Remarks

Dr. Windell L. Rivera
President | Philippine Society for Microbiology

0900 – 0930Introduction of Keynote Speaker

Dr. Pierangeli G. Vital
Corresponding Secretary | Philippine Society for Microbiology

Keynote Lecture

Dr. Vicente Y Belizario, Jr.
Undersecretary | Office for Technical Services , Department of Health

0930 – 1000Ribbon Cutting for Exhibits and Poster Presentation
1000 – 1020Snacks
1020 – 1050PSM Awards

Dr. Marian P. de Leon
Vice President | Philippine Society for Microbiology

1050 – 1200Plenary Lecture 1

“Molecular Pathogenesis of HIV: Implications on the Philippine Epidemic”

Dr. Edsel Maurice T. Salvana
NIH – UP Manila

1200 – 1300Lunch
1300 – 1400Poster Session I
1400 – 1440Plenary Lecture 2

“Bacteriophage, an Emerging Tool to Combat Antibiotic Resistance”

Dr David Trudil
NHDetect Corp. USA

1440 – 1520Plenary Lecture3

“Metabolism, Pathogenesis and Unique Organelles in the Enterric Protozoan Entamoeba histolytica”

Dr. Tomoyashi Nozaki
National Institure of Infectious Diseases – Japan

1520 – 1600Plenary Lecture 4

“Microbial Production of Anticancer Compound from Plants: Challenges and Opportunities”

Dr. Aldwin M. Anterola
Department of Plant Biology, Southern Illinois University

1600 – 1630Snacks
1630 – 1800Business Meeting and General Assembly
1800 ~Fellowship Dinner (RSVP)


Day 2: 17 July 2015

0715 – 0830Registration
0830 – 0910Plenary Lecture 5

“Complexities of Assessing Sources of Microbial Contamination in Foods for South East Asia”

Dr. Kenneth Widmer
International Environmental Research Center
Gwanju Institute of Science and Technology, South Korea

0910 -0950Plenary Lecture 6

“Next Generation Sequencing Based Microbial Source Tracking”

Dr.Tatsuya Unno
Faculty of Biotechnology, Jeju National University, Korea

0950 – 1020Snacks
1020 – 1200Best Paper Competition
1200 – 1300Lunch
1300 – 1400Poster Paper Session II 
1400 – 1600Parallel Sessions

Young Researchers Grant / Meet the Experts
Cluster I
Cluster II

1600 -16 30PSM Outstanding Microbiologist’s Lecture

“Genetic Constitution of Novel Microbial Drug Resistance: An Alarming Public Health”

Dr. Esperanza C. Cabrera
2011 PSM Outstanding Microbiologist


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PSM will be using an online registration and abstract submission for the upcoming PSM44 convention. Please create an account and log in at Online account creation is required.

Pre-registration(on or before 15 June 2015)On-site Registration (after 15 June 2015)
Members Students*PhP 4,500PhP 5,000
ProfessionalsPhP 5,500PhP 6,500
Non-members PhP 7,000PhP 8,000
Foreign participants US$ 200US$ 250

Students: Proof of status needs to be provided at time of registration.
For inquiries, email at [email protected].

ENDORSEMENT by the Commission on Higher Education (CHED)
ENDORSEMENT by the Commission on Higher Education (CHED)

The convention secretariat must be notified in writing for a refund of the registration fee (less 20% administrative charge) should be made as soon as possible.

Additional Notes
Registration is not inclusive of the Welcome Dinner and City Tour and of the following:

The registration fee does not include insurance of any kind. It is recommended that you purchase an insurance policy of your choice for the convention.

Housing and Travel
The registration fee does not include hotel stay and transportation fees (air, water, land or local transfers or airport transfers).

Participants who wish to obtain an official letter of invitation from the society may download it from their respective online account. Such invitation, however, does not imply commitment on the part of the organizing committee to provide any financial support.

Notice: Submissions will no longer be accepted .

Call for Papers

Best Paper Competition

During its annual convention, the Philippine Society for Microbiology, Inc. recognizes and awards excellence in microbiological research through its Best Paper Competition. PSM is cordially inviting the submission of research papers in Microbiology to compete for the Best Paper Award in the Professional and Non-Professional (Undergraduate) categories.

Guidelines for Submission:

  • The completed research should be original and has not been published or accepted for publication elsewhere.
  • The paper should be co-authored by at least one PSM member.
  • Part of the study should have been done in the Philippines.
  • Submit one-page Abstract in Word (doc or docx) font Arial size 12. Follow the format and style here:


Abstract must be submitted electronically. Upload and submit Abstracts in on or before 20 May 2015. Acknowledgement will be automatically generated by the system and will be sent to your email account. The presenting authors of selected research abstracts after preliminary screening will be requested to submit a full paper for further evaluation. Authors of entries that will qualify for the Best Paper Competition will be duly notified and informed of the mechanics of the competition on or before 27 May 2015.

Guidelines in Submitting full paper (for selected papers only)

  • A copy of the manuscript (not more than 15 pages, double spaced, Font: Arial Size: 12, and including publication quality figures and tables) from a completed research that is original, not previously published or is not accepted for publication elsewhere is required. Include a contact number and/or email address of the corresponding author.
  • The manuscript should follow this format and style of full paper here.

Oral Presentation (Best Paper Session)

  • One of the authors will be given 20 minutes to present their research paper.
  • Each presentation will be followed by a 10 minute open forum where the members of the board of judges will be given priority for questioning. Additional questions from the floor will be answered by the presenter if time permits.
  • The committee chair shall explain this procedure to the body at the start of the session.
  • The moderator(s) of the Best Paper Competition session will be invited by the committee chair and will be responsible for ensuring that the time limit for the oral presentations and the open forum is observed.
  • Performance in the oral presentation will be included in the final evaluation for the Best Paper Award.

The Best Paper award will be given to the paper which obtained the highest rating. The decision of the Board of Judges is final.

For more information, contact:
Bernadette C. Mendoza, DrPH
Chair, Best Paper Committee | PSM, FY 2014-2015
University of the Philippines Los Banos
Email: [email protected]


Technical Session (Scientific Papers, Non-competing)

The Program Committee for the PSM44 Annual Convention and Scientific Meeting is inviting the submission of scientific abstracts. Authors will be asked to submit abstracts in one of the categories listed below.

  • Basic Microbiology
  • Microbiology Education
  • Food Microbiology
  • Medical Microbiology
  • Veterinary Microbiology
  • Agricultural Microbiology
  • Aquatic Microbiology
  • Environmental Microbiology
  • Industrial Microbiology

Guidelines for Submission of Papers:

  • Only registered participants may present papers.
  • Papers with Microbiology as the main focus and which have not been published or presented in national or international meetings prior to Day One of the PSM Annual Convention may be submitted.
  • Fax transmittal of technical papers is not allowed. Upload and submit Abstracts in on or before 20 May 2015. Acknowledgement will be automatically generated by the system and will be sent to your email account. Use MS Word, Font Arial size 12. Follow the format presented on sample abstract which can be found here:
    • The paper should contain the following sections: Abstract, Introduction, Materials and Methods, Results and Discussion, and Conclusions.
    • Submitted papers will be reviewed for adherence to established rules, scientific content and presentation by the appropriate Division Officers and experts on the field who may recommend acceptance or rejection. The Technical Committee will, however, have the final decision.

Criteria for Judging

Papers will be evaluated based on the following criteria:

  • Microbiology as the main focus
  • Quality of research
  • Significance of the topic to the general membership
  • Content of the paper
  • Adherence to submission criteria

Papers that do not state the following will be rejected:

  • Problem under investigation
  • Experimental methods used
  • Essential results and discussion
  • Conclusion

For more information, contact:
Donna May D. Papa, RMT, MSc
Chair, Technical Sessions | PSM, FY 2014-2015
Research Center for the Natural and Applied Sciences | University of Santo Tomas, Manila
Telefax: (+63 2) 4061611 local 4054 | Mobile: (+63 917) 5752156 | Email: [email protected]


Poster Paper (Competing and Non-Competing)

The main focus of the paper is microbiology. It should not have been published or presented in any national or international meetings.

Guidelines for Submission of Poster Papers:

  • Upload and submit Abstracts in on or before 20 May 2015. Acknowledgement will be automatically generated by the system and will be sent to your email account.
  • An abstract with a maximum of 200 words is required. Submit in Word format (doc or docx) font Arial size 12.
  • Follow the format and style here.
  • For competing poster papers, an extended Abstract (not less than four pages with brief descriptions of Introduction, Methodology, Results and Discussion, and Conclusion) is required. The extended Abstract will be published in the proceedings.Accepted posters should follow the following format:
  • The poster should be organized in sections: Introduction, Objectives, Methodology, Results and Discussion, and Conclusion. Please ensure readability from a distance of two (2) meters. Print posters in 30” × 40” poster paper (please do not print on tarpaulin) with 1” margin on each side. Poster holders will be provided.


Announcement of acceptance: 27 May 2015

The presenting author of poster presenters must escort their poster during the poster sessions: 16 July 2015 and 17 July 2015.

For more information, contact:
Davin Edric V. Adao, MSc
Chair, Poster Paper Committee | PSM, FY 2014-2015
Natural Sciences Research Institute, UP Diliman
Telephone: (02)426-6659 | Email: [email protected]


PSM Young Researcher Grant (NEW!)

PSM Young Researcher Grant will be based on the scientific merit of the study. The presentors of the top five papers based on the evaluation of the screening committee will be the recipients of the grant. The recipients of the award will receive full reimbursement of their pre-registration fees for the convention. All five presentors will present in one of the parallel sessions. The grant is non-transferable to co-authors of the paper. The presentor must present the paper during the scheduled session.


  1. Will be selected from abstracts of PSM members that are submitted for the non-competing oral papers in the technical session.
  2. The presenting author must be a graduate student (MS or PhD) or has graduated by June of the preceding year.
  3. The presenting author must have a substantial contribution to the study to be presented. Substantial contribution means the presentor is the author of the thesis/dissertation or a co-investigator of the study.
  4. The paper has not been published nor presented in any national or international scientific forum.
  5. Must be not more than 40 years old as of June of the convention year.
  6. Must not be a recipient of the PSM thesis subsidy or reproduction grant.

Notice: Submissions will no longer be accepted .



As a national society of microbiologists, the Philippine Society for Microbiology, Inc. (PSM, Inc.) endeavors to enrich and make vibrant and productive the science of microbiology. Towards this end, it has seen fit to honor the microbiologist and give recognition for his/her body of works in microbiology so that in some way, others may gain inspiration and the proper motivation to discover, refine and disseminate new scientific information in microbiology.

The PSM, Inc. recognizes and rewards the virtue of service to the Society by individuals and institutions. Imbued with the spirit to honor human intellect and dedicated service to the Society, the PSM, Inc. awards the deserving individual and institutions on a yearly basis during its national convention, the distinctions of Outstanding Microbiologists, Outstanding Service (Individual Category), Outstanding Service (Institution Category) and the Prof. William L. Fernandez Award for Excellence in Teaching Microbiology.

We encourage you to nominate and be nominated for the different prestigious awards given by the PSM, Inc. You may download the criteria and curriculum vitae form for the awards found on the downloads section below and submit it via email @ [email protected]

Please Make sure to submit all nominations electronically on or before May 20, 2015
Nominations must be submitted to the address [email protected]
For further inquiries, you may contact the Chair of Awards Committee, Dr. Marian P. De Leon, [email protected]

Sponsorship and Exhibits

Exhibit Packages (Area A: 1m X 3m, Table, 2 Chairs; Area B: 1m x 3m, Table and 2 Chairs)

  • Exhibit Packages Area A (Slots, #1-8 in Layout) PhP 50,000.00
  • Exhibit Packages Area B (Slots, # 9- 17in Layout) PhP 40,000.00

Advertisement Packages

  • Advertisement Package A (Website Links) PhP 20,000.00
  • Advertisement Package B (Inside Front Cover of Program) PhP 25,000.00
  • Advertisement Package C (Inside Back Cover of Program) PhP 20,000.00
  • Advertisement Package D (Full Page of Program) PhP 15,000.00
  • Advertisement Package D (Half Page of Program) PhP 10,000.00
  • Advertisement Package D (1/4 Page of Program) PhP 7,000.00

Product Demo

  • Product Demo Packages (15minutes) PhP 25,000.00

Mixed Packages (at least 2 of the above packages)

Two point five percent (2.5%) Discount will be given to mixed packages

Sponsorship and exhibitors terms of agreement can be downloaded here.

For more information, contact:
Leslie Michelle M. Dalmacio, PhD, DPAM
Chair, Sponsorships Committee | PSM, FY 2014-2015
University of the Philippines Manila
Telephone: (02)526-4197 | Email: [email protected]

PSM 44 Event Guide and Instructions

Download a copy of this page at the downloads section of the convention page or by
clicking here

Guide to Registration

  1. Pre-registered participants
  2. Proceed to the pre-registration desk on 16 July starting at 7:15AM.
  3. Please show your deposit slip or proof of payment and valid ID.
  4. Sign in the attendance sheet.
  5. ►Members: pay necessary membership dues (PhP300 per year for regular members; PhP100 per year of inactivity for life members who do not attend for 3 consecutive years).
    ► Nonmembers interested to apply for membership: PhP600 as regular membership fee and annual dues; PhP3,000 as life membership fee (after at least 1 year of regular membership).
  6. Confirm your attendance to the fellowship dinner by 16 July (12nn).
  7. Claim your convention kit, ID, official receipt, and meal stubs.
  8. Proceed to the Marriott Grand Ballroom.

B. On-site registration

  1. Proceed to the on-site registration desk on 16 July starting at 7:15AM.
  2. Create an online account
  3. Pay necessary convention and membership fees (See number A4 above).
  4. Sign in the attendance sheet.
  5. Confirm your attendance to the fellowship dinner by 16 July (12nn).
  6. Claim your convention kit, ID, official receipt, and meal stubs.
  7. Proceed to the Marriott Grand Ballroom.

C. Oral and poster presenters

  1. Proceed to Booth Number 6 after registration.
  2. For oral presenters, provide a copy of your file by 16 July (12nn). For poster presenters, verify your poster number and get materials for posting.

D. Claiming of certificates

  1. Certificates of attendance will be distributed after the closing ceremonies. You may claim your certificates after submission of evaluation forms.
  2. Certificates of membership will be distributed after the closing ceremonies. You may claim your certificates after submission of oath of membership and membership update forms.
  3. Certificates of poster presenters will only be distributed during the poster session. Please ensure that you are standing beside your poster during the session assigned to you



PSM, Utilizes Google Drive for file downloads. No sign-in is required in procuring files.
for mobile users including tablets, depending on your operating system configuration and if your google drive app installed, files will be automatically opened in the app

Abstract Sample
Extended Abstract Guidelines
Convention Flyer
Sponsorship and Exhibitors terms of agreement
Payment Instructions
Convention Programme
Convention Event/ Registration Guide

PSM Awards

Please Make sure to submit all nominations electronically on or before May 20, 2015
Nominations must be submitted to the address [email protected]

Outstanding Microbiologist Award
Outstanding Service Award (individual)
Outstanding Service Award (institutional)
WLF Excellence in Teaching Microbiology Award

Payment Instructions

Greetings! Thank you for your interest in attending our Annual Convention. Here are the steps for the payment of your registration fee.

  • Check our newest online payment option available to MasterCard (Credit Card), MasterCard (Debit Card) users and MLhullier (Over-the-counter) via AurumPay.

  • You may send the payment directly to PSM’s BPI account

Account name: Philippine Society for Microbiology
Account number: 0913-2425-48

  • Secure yourself a bank deposit slip as proof of your payment. Take a picture or scan the document to have a soft copy of your bank transaction.
  • If you are not yet registered or if you are helping somebody with their payment, you must first register to our PSM Online Registration site or if you are already registered you can LOGIN to the site.
  • Go to the Payment tab at the left side of your screen.
  • The page will automatically select the membership type that you inputted during the registration process.

(Note: Please be sure that you made the correct Membership type in the registration screen. If you selected an incorrect Membership type and paid a different amount, your convention kits and receipt will not be released at the secretariat until you settle the deficient amount due to the different membership type during your registration)

  • Select the payment type that you used to pay your registration fee.
  • Input the amount paid.
  • In the payment notes please include the details of your payment such as branch of the bank where deposit was done, time of deposit, amount deposited. In special cases please also indicate if you are a senior citizen, founder, plenary speaker, PSM Regional president or any details other details that will help identify your payment status for the convention.
  • Finally, please attach a picture file of the proof of payment in JPEG format. For multiple payments (multiple attendees) done with a single proof of payment, attach the proof of payment to all of the members who are included in the transaction.
  • Press SUBMIT. A confirmation email will be sent to you together with the assigned official receipt number to your payment.

Thank you very much for supporting PSM’s activities.

See you at the convention!

Speaker’s Profile

Dr. Edsel Maurice T. Salvaňa, MD, DTM&H, FIDSA
Dr. Edsel Maurice T. Salvaňa, MD, DTM&H, FIDSA

– Director
National Institute of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology , National Institutes of Health University of the Philippines Manila

– Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine
Infectious Diseases Section, Department of Medicine, University of the Philippines College of Medicine

– Adjunct Professor for Global Health
Division of General Internal Medicine, Department of Medicine University of Pittsburgh

Dr. David Trudil
Dr. David Trudil

– President of NHDetect Corp.
– Adviser to the Eliava Institute of Bacteriophage in Tbilisi.


Dr. Tomoyoshi Nozaki
Dr. Tomoyoshi Nozaki

Dr. Tomoyoshi Nozaki Director of Department of Parasitology, National Institute of Infectious Diseases

Professor of University of Tsukuba, and Professor of Waseda University.


Dr. Tomoyoshi Nozaki
Dr. Kenneth Widmer

Research Assistant Professor at the International Environmental Research Center, United Nations University and Gwangju Institute of Science and Technology in Korea 

Dr. Tatsuya Unno
Dr. Tatsuya Unno

Assistant Professor
Faculty of Biotechnology Jeju National University
Jeju, Republic of Korea 

Dr. Aldwin M. Anterola
Dr. Aldwin M. Anterola
– Associate professor at the department of plant biology in southern Illinois university
– Founder and chief scientific officer of Advanced Herbal Analytics LLC