The Departmental Research Thrust focuses on Biodiversity for Medicine and Environment (BioME).
All research activities are clustered in three domains. Their specialized laboratories comprise a wide range of research techniques that encompass all levels of biological organization—from molecular and cellular to populations and ecosystems:

  • Molecular Biology and Biotechnology
  • Ecology and Biosystematics
  • Biomedicine

Most of the research groups and projects work in more than one domain due to the multidisciplinary nature of modern biology. To find out more about the current research groups and projects, visit the official research webpage at:

The Cosmic Wild: Biology of Science Fiction


The cosmos is wild. From its explosive beginnings to when the first cries of life shattered the silence on lowly planets, there has been a wild energy that has been untamed, unchecked and unbound. Science fiction, the genre of the novum, has given the world physical manifestations of this wild energy that are in equal parts bizarre, terrifying, beautiful, and astonishing. Immortals who defy the dictates of time and life. Clones. Cyborgs and synthyetic life forms. Parasites and pathogens. Aliens of all sha[pes, sizes, and dispositions.
In those science fiction worlds that touch on the biological sciences, these and other strange entities are the nova. They are creatures at the fringes of our minds and of our sciences., and some of them are closer to reality than we think...
The Cosmic Wild: Biology of Science Fiction brings you into the cosmic wildness where you will meet these creatures and marvel at the wondrous biological forms that they adopt.
Ahout the author: Ronald Cruz is a member of the faculty of Ateneo de Manila University's Department of Biology. He is also, in no particular order, a writer, researcher, film entusiast and blogger, Oscar prognosticator, and Blue Eagles fanatic. He is also proudly the founder of the Ateneo Biological Organization - eXplore.eXperience.eXcel. (BOX).