Dr. Glorina N Pocsidio is a dedicated educator and researcher who were given the Outstanding Young Scientist (OYS) award by the National Academy of Science and Technology (NAST) in 1986. She was recognized because of her pioneering studies on Holothurin, a substance extracted from Philippine Holothurians or sea cucumbers. She discovered that Holothurin has hemolytic, antitumor and anticancer properties so that sea cucumbers became part of the material medica in the Philippines. She also found out that sea cucumbers can be used as a cheap source of food for animals and man.
She was born on December 15, 1946. She grew up in different parts of the country and attended several elementary schools because her father was a teacher who had to travel often as a school superintendent. Her high school days were spent at the La Union High School where she finished as class valedictorian. In college, she took up B.S. Zoology at the University of the Philippines (UP) Diliman where she graduated magna cum laude. She pursued further studies also at UP until she earned her doctorate in Zoology in 1982. She was also privileged to have been given research fellowships in Japan and Germany where she purified and studied Holothurin extensively. She has authored and co-authored more than a hundred articles on topics such as sea cucumbers, other invertebrates, medicinal plants and dinoflagellates. At present, she is Professor of Zoology at the University of the Philippines Diliman where she teaches Animal Physiology.
She is inspired by the great diversity of flora and fauna in our country and has dedicated her life to discovering them. She hopes that the future generation of Filipino scientists will continue her endeavor to study our local flora and fauna. Apart from her valuable contributions to medical and biological research, she still considers teaching as her greatest contribution to science. – Rosario R. Ricalde
Personal communication with Dr. Glorina N. Pocsidio, January 5, 2001, Institute of Biology UP Diliman