STUDY IN TAIWAN

STUDY IN TAIWAN

My education from Taiwan has equipped me with knowledge and skills to contribute in the fight against COVID-19. I am currently part of the Philippine Genome Center Visayas that trains medical professionals in RT-PCR testing for COVID-19. I owe much of my research experiences to Taiwan. I first came to Taiwan for the International Federation of Cell Biology – International Training Program in Cell and Molecular Biology (IFCB-ITPCMB) in 2010. I was impressed on how Taiwan greatly invests in science and technology and provides services for the people from these investments. My IFCB-ITPCMB experience encouraged me to apply for TECO Scholarship Program in 2012. Thankfully, I was given this scholarship to pursue my Master’s degree from National Taiwan University (NTU). From 2012 – 2014, I worked on population genetics for shrimp and became familiar with the PCR workflow. More than the pipetting skills and other research skills, I have gained friends and learned from professors who showed me love for country through excellence in research and communicating their findings to the people. I am grateful for the mentoring and resources that Prof. Alex Hon-Tse Yu provided to complete my Master’s degree. I have met Prof. Hui-Yu Wang who set an example on how to be a great female fisheries scientist. My lab mates have helped me overcome the challenges of graduate school and until now I stay in touch with some of them. The last time I stayed in Taiwan was in 2015 for Taiwan International Graduate Program – International Internship Program (TIGP – IIP). For TIGP-IIP, I was fortunate to work with Dr. Tung-Yuan Ho and Dr. Irene B. Rodriguez on the trace metal requirements of Symbiodinium kawagutii. My experience in Dr. Ho’s lab gave me chance to explore how marine biogeochemical studies figure in climate science and search for candidate natural food species for aquaculture.My research experiences in Taiwan have increased my desire to continuously contribute to the advancement of research and development in the Philippines. I also seek to use the skills I gained in Taiwan for endeavors that directly affect the public. This pandemic has given me a chance to show how the assistance of Taiwan goes beyond material things through the contributions of TECO scholars to their countries.-Claire Samantha T. Juanico, TECO scholar

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