/ 12 February 2024

STUDENTS of the Xavier University-Ateneo de Cagayan secured a thesis grant from the Department of Science and Technology-Philippine Council for Health Research and Development.

They are 4th year Biology students Muhammad Bin Abdulazis Usman Jr. and Jefferson Shaunrey Yu.

The students got P50,000 for the study titled “Uncovering the Medicinal Potential of Artocarpus Odoratissimus (Marang) Peels: A Phytochemical Analysis, and Its Antioxidative and Anti-inflammatory Activity.”

“[The study] 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,” the school said.

“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,” it added.

Dr. Maria Rhotsyn Dacar, a faculty member of the Biology Department, guided the students as their thesis adviser.

The grant is under DOST-PCHRD’s Undergraduate Thesis Grant in Natural Products program.

Xavier represented Misamis Oriental for Region X among the 19 program grantees chosen from 12 regions in the country.