Dr. Khristina J. Cruz

Dr. Khristina J. Cruz, Associate Professor, Department of Biological Sciences, College of Science

Dr. Khristina-Cruz

The practice and traditional use of medicinal plant species to manage or cure specific maladies is one of the oldest forms of indigenous knowledge. Ethnic communities in the Philippines have such rich cultural traditions on the use of these diverse medicinal plant species. This traditional knowledge on our medicinal plants presents an excellent opportunity for a systematic inquiry for a better scientific understanding on the utilization of ethnobotanicals. At present this is mostly unexplored, considering the huge potential of ethnobotanicals as rich source of natural products that are antimicrobial and antipathogenic agents. Dr. Khristina Cruz, an Associate Professor of the Department of Biological Sciences, College of Science, is one such expert on Philippine ethnobotanicals particularly on the evaluation of their biomedical potential, including anti quorum sensing, anticancer and anti-diabetes activities. Recently she published a paper entitled: Candida albicans Biofilm Inhibition by Ethnobotanicals and Ethnobotanically-Synthesized Gold Nanoparticles in Frontiers in Microbiology. 12, 1175 (DOI:10.3389/fmicb.2021.665113), where she serves as the lead author. These results cover significant ground and Dr Cruz shared that her research has given a general overview of the antipathogenic and potent anticancer activities. Most of the results were confirmed through expression analyses of QS-linked genes. To date, she has 19 publications specific to this research theme on biomedical potentials of ethnobotanicals and has kindly shared the links to these publications.

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PUBLICATIONS
CLSU-BSHM students win in the Philippine Culinary Cup, Executive Chef Networking

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Two BSIT Students advance in the ASEAN Data Science Explorers 2022 (ASEAN DSE) competition

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OVPAA, OAd organize revisiting curricular program offerings workshop

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CLSU SMART U: MAKING DIGITALIZATION FOR SMARTER SERVICES AND DECISIONS POSSIBLE

Educational reforms and advances to go with the demands of the time have necessitated the paradigm shift...