Dr. Antonio A. Alfonso

Chief Science Research Specialist and Director, Crop Biotechnology Center

Dr. Antonio A. Alfonso is Chief Science Research Specialist at the Philippine Rice Research Institute (PhilRice) where he has been working as rice breeder for more than two decades. Concurrently, he is Director of Crop Biotechnology Center and Coordinator of the Department of Agriculture Biotechnology Program and Biotechnology Program Implementation Unit. His current research undertakings include rice varietal improvement focusing on nutritional enhancement, drought tolerance and disease resistance using conventional breeding, wide hybridization, induced mutation and genetic engineering.  He leads a research team at PhilRice that aims to develop and evaluate betacarotene-enriched rice (Golden Rice) varieties in partnership with IRRI and with funding support from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Dr. Alfonso was a member of the team from Cornell University that cloned, characterized and obtained a US patent for the first Restorer of fertility gene in plants using petunia.  He has published manuscripts in local and international ISI-accredited journals and delivered presentations in various local and international conferences and forums.  His team’s research accomplishments have been recognized by the Department of Agriculture-Bureau of Agricultural Research, National Academy of Science and Technology, Philippine Phytopathological Society and various other scientific organizations.  He received his Ph.D. in Plant Molecular Biology (major in Plant Molecular Biology, minor in Biochemistry and Plant Genetics) from Cornell University, MS in Genetics (minor in Plant Breeding) from UPLB and BS in Biology (cum laude) from Central Luzon State University.  He received scholarship grants from the Nueva Ecija Provincial Government, PhilRice and the Rockefeller Foundation.  He is former head of PhilRice Plant Breeding and Biotechnology Division, regular member of the National Research Council of the Philippines, member and former chair of the Rice Technical Working Group of the National Seed Industry Council, officer and member of several scientific societies and affiliate faculty of Central Luzon State University. Among his awards are Outstanding PhilRice Official, Outstanding Young Scientist (OYS), and The Outstanding Young Men (TOYM).  

Dr. Antonio A. Alfonso

Chief Science Research Specialist and Director, Crop Biotechnology Center

Dr. Antonio A. Alfonso is Chief Science Research Specialist at the Philippine Rice Research Institute (PhilRice) where he has been working as rice breeder for more than two decades. Concurrently, he is Director of Crop Biotechnology Center and Coordinator of the Department of Agriculture Biotechnology Program and Biotechnology Program Implementation Unit. His current research undertakings include rice varietal improvement focusing on nutritional enhancement, drought tolerance and disease resistance using conventional breeding, wide hybridization, induced mutation and genetic engineering.  He leads a research team at PhilRice that aims to develop and evaluate betacarotene-enriched rice (Golden Rice) varieties in partnership with IRRI and with funding support from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Dr. Alfonso was a member of the team from Cornell University that cloned, characterized and obtained a US patent for the first Restorer of fertility gene in plants using petunia.  He has published manuscripts in local and international ISI-accredited journals and delivered presentations in various local and international conferences and forums.  His team’s research accomplishments have been recognized by the Department of Agriculture-Bureau of Agricultural Research, National Academy of Science and Technology, Philippine Phytopathological Society and various other scientific organizations.  He received his Ph.D. in Plant Molecular Biology (major in Plant Molecular Biology, minor in Biochemistry and Plant Genetics) from Cornell University, MS in Genetics (minor in Plant Breeding) from UPLB and BS in Biology (cum laude) from Central Luzon State University.  He received scholarship grants from the Nueva Ecija Provincial Government, PhilRice and the Rockefeller Foundation.  He is former head of PhilRice Plant Breeding and Biotechnology Division, regular member of the National Research Council of the Philippines, member and former chair of the Rice Technical Working Group of the National Seed Industry Council, officer and member of several scientific societies and affiliate faculty of Central Luzon State University. Among his awards are Outstanding PhilRice Official, Outstanding Young Scientist (OYS), and The Outstanding Young Men (TOYM).