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Elmer-Rico E. Mojica

2078 2nd Ave (Apt. 2C)

New York, NY 10029

Phone: 2126000460

Cellphone: 7164180065

e-mail: emojica@pace.edu

Education
Ph.D. in Chemistry (Analytical and Environmental Chemistry), 2010

University at Buffalo, The State University of New York, Buffalo, NY


M.S. in Agricultural Chemistry (Minor in Food Science), 2003

University of the Philippines Los Baños, Laguna, Philippines


B.S. in Agricultural Chemistry, 1998

University of the Philippines Los Baños, Laguna, Philippines


Teaching Experience
Assistant Professor, Sept 2012-present

Lecturer, 2011-2012

Department of Chemistry, Pace University

Prepared teaching materials and delivered lectures in analytical chemistry, instrumental analysis, organic chemistry and general chemistry courses.



  • CHE 111 General Chemistry I (Laboratory)

  • CHE 112 General Chemistry II (Laboratory)

  • CHE 221 Analytical Methods and Techniques (Lecture and Laboratory)

  • CHE 224 Organic Chemistry (Laboratory)

  • CHE 331 Instrumental Analysis (Laboratory)


Adjunct Faculty, 2011-present

Prepared teaching materials and delivered lectures in various chemistry and environmental science courses in various colleges in New York City.



Adjunct Assistant Professor, Department of Sciences, CUNY Borough of Manhattan Community College (Fall 2011, Spring 2012)

  • CHEM 110 General Chemistry (Lecture and Laboratory)

  • CHEM 118 Fundamentals of Chemistry(Lecture and Laboratory)

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Department of Chemistry, CUNY York College (Spring 2011- Spring 2012)

  • CHEM 101 Chemical Principles I (Lecture and Laboratory)

  • CHEM 105 Fundamentals in College Chemistry (Lecture and Laboratory)

  • CHEM 342 Instrumental Analysis (Lecture and Laboratory)

  • CHEM 347 Principles in Toxicology

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Division of Natural Sciences, Mercy College (Spring 2011- Fall 2011)

  • CHEM 160 General Chemistry I (Lecture and Laboratory)

  • CHEM 161 General Chemistry II (Lecture and Laboratory)

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Department of Chemistry and Physics, St. Francis College (Fall 2011)

  • CHEM 120 General Chemistry I (Laboratory)

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Department of Chemistry and Chemical Technology, CUNY Bronx Community College (Spring 2011)

  • CHM 02 Introduction to Chemistry (Lecture and Laboratory)

  • ENV 11 Introduction of Environmental Health (Laboratory)


Teaching Assistant, 2005-2010

Department of Chemistry, University at Buffalo

Undergraduate general chemistry recitation and laboratories

Peer leader for new teaching assistants in the department


  • CHE 101 General Chemistry I Laboratory

  • CHE 102 General Chemistry II Laboratory

  • CHE 107 General Chemistry for Engineers I Laboratory

  • CHE 108 General Chemistry for Engineers II Laboratory


Assistant Professor, 2003-2005

Institute of Chemistry, University of the Philippines Los Baños

Prepared teaching materials and delivered lectures in undergraduate general and analytical chemistry courses and supervised students with research projects on electrochemistry



  • CHEM 15 Fundamentals of Chemistry

  • CHEM 16 General Chemistry I

  • CHEM 17 General Chemistry II

  • CHEM 32 Quantitative Inorganic Analysis Laboratory

  • CHEM 131 Foods and Feeds Analysis Laboratory

  • CHEM 133 Soil, Fertilizer and Pesticide Analysis (Pesticide portion)

  • CHEM 137 Modern Analytical Chemistry (Chromatography and Electrochemistry portion)

  • CHEM 137.1 Modern Analytical Chemistry Laboratory

  • CHEM 192 Chemical Literature


Instructor, 1999-2003

Institute of Chemistry, University of the Philippines Los Baños

Laboratory classes in undergraduate general, analytical and organic chemistry.

Lead in the development of microscaling experiments in general chemistry.


  • CHEM 15 Fundamentals of Chemistry Laboratory

  • CHEM 16 General Chemistry I Laboratory

  • CHEM 17 General Chemistry II Laboratory

  • CHEM 32 Quantitative Inorganic Analysis Laboratory

  • CHEM 40 Basic Organic Chemistry Laboratory

  • CHEM 131 Foods and Feeds Analysis Laboratory

  • CHEM 137.1 Modern Analytical Chemistry Laboratory

  • CHEM 192 Chemical Literature

Research Experience
Research Mentor, 2012-present

Department of Chemistry and Physical Sciences, Pace University

Serving as research mentor to undergraduate students doing research in the utilization of nanoparticles in removal of heavy metals in aqueous samples and in the development of molecular imprinted polymers to remove emerging contaminants and pollutants.


Postdoctoral Research Associate, 2011-present

Department of Chemistry, CUNY York College

Advisor: Dr. Ruel Z.B. Desamero

Served as laboratory manager in a research group maintaining various spectroscopic instruments (e.g. UV, FT-IR, CD, fluorescence and Raman), assisting/mentoring graduate, undergraduate and high school students with their research projects, purchasing needed chemicals and laboratory sundries and working on the following projects:

1. Spectroscopic studies on peptides with amyloidogenic properties.

Peptides prepared with different substituents were screened for amyloidogenic properties using various spectroscopic techniques (absorbance, fluorescence, CD, IR and Raman). This also entails the use of dyes (thioflavin and Congo red), the standard protocol in determining amyloid formation.

2. Spectroscopic studies of interactions of RNA with metals.

The interactions of different metals with RNA and other phosphate containing chemicals were determined using non-resonance Raman and IR spectroscopy.

3. Raman spectroscopy of various antibiotics.

The vibrational spectroscopy of various antibiotics were determined using infrared and Raman techniques. Density functional theory (DFT) calculations were also performed and compared with the experimental results.

4. Determination of sol-gel mechanism by vibrational spectroscopy.

The mechanism of the sol-gel process was determined by monitoring the Raman spectroscopy of the cyano based xerogels as it transform from liquid sol to solid gel. Computational calculations were performed to understand the changes happening during the transformation.

5. Assist in the development of experiments in instrumental analysis laboratory course.

New experiments utilizing infrared and Raman spectroscopy were developed which can be used in an undergraduate course in instrumental analysis. These experiments integrated the use of computational methods to compare experimental results with theoretical calculations.
Postdoctoral Research Associate, 2010

Department of Chemistry, University at Buffalo, Buffalo, NY

Advisor: Prof. Diana S. Aga

Served as laboratory manager in a research group maintaining LC-MS instruments (triple quad and ion trap) and work on the NSF funded research project “Biodegradation of antibiotics in the environment” which looks on the environmental fate of tetracycline and sulfamethazine. This was determined by looking on the degradation rates and identifying degradates that formed during biodegradation using LC-MS. The leaching potential of degradates in soil was also investigated.


Graduate Research Assistant, 2005-2010

Department of Chemistry, University at Buffalo

Advisors: Prof. Diana S. Aga and Prof. Frank V. Bright

A member of two research groups (one specializing in the use of LC-MS in environmental chemistry and the other specializing in sol-gel materials and spectroscopy), an acquaintance of research group in computational chemistry (Jochen Autschbach) and has worked on various projects (given below) and at the same time served as mentor to undergraduate students doing their research projects (one student is a part of the NSF REU program).

1. Development of molecularly imprinted polymers (MIPs) as solid-phase extraction materials for antibiotics.

Molecular imprinted polymers (MIPs) using the sol gel process were prepared and used as sorbents for the selective extraction of antibiotics like tetracyclines and sulfonamides in complex matrices such as food and environmental samples. This encompasses the preparation of xerogels of different formulations and the use of liquid scintillation counting (LSC) and liquid chromatography-mass spectrometry (LC-MS) as detection methods.

2. Screening of different computational methods as a guide in the preparation of sol-gel imprinted materials.

Different computational modeling methods were used in trying to develop a rational way of preraring sol-gel imprinted materials.



3. Analysis of tetracycline antibiotic in plant extracts by LC/MS and fluorescence spectroscopy.

LC-MS and fluorescence spectroscopic methods were developed for the detection of tetracyclines taken up by plants. This encompasses developing the suitable extraction method for the plant samples.

4. Determination of the photophysics of tetracycline group of antibiotics.

The photophysics of the tetracycline group of antibiotics was determined using absorbance and fluorescence spectroscopy. Time-resolved studies were also performed on chlorine containing tetracycline analogs.

5. Analysis of glutathione conjugates as intracellular and extracellular microbial metabolites.

Metabolites from the conjugation of glutathione with an electrophilic substance in activated sludge were determined by LC-MS.

6. Analysis of antibiotics in food and environmental samples by LC-MS using commercial MIPs

Commercial MIPs were used as solid phase extraction materials in sample preparation for the analysis of antibiotics (fluoroquinolones and chloramphenicol) in milk, honey and surface water samples using LC-MS.


Visiting Research Fellow, May 2005

Department of Analytical Chemistry, Karl Franzens University, Graz, Austria

Advisor: Prof. Kurt Kalcher

Developed an amperometric biosensor for glucose and bonded glucose using screen printed carbon electrode and testing different metal oxides as mediator.



Project Leader, 2003-2005

Institute of Chemistry, University of the Philippines Los Baños

Served as principal investigator and thesis adviser for undergraduate chemistry students and high school students working in various research projects (some of them went on to garner awards in national and international contests) and collaborated with other researchers doing studies in other diverse fields such as computing science and bioinformatics.

1. Development of voltammetric sensors for detection of heavy metals.

Fabrication of carbon paste electrodes (CPEs) modified with biological materials such as feather and fruit peelings and used as sensors for heavy metal ions such as lead and mercury in aqueous samples.

2. Biological activities of plant and marine organism extracts.

Extracts from indigenous plants and marine organism were tested for different biological activities. In addition, simple assays for the determination of these activities were simplified and optimized to suit the laboratory conditions that we have.


M.S. Student, 2000-2002

Institute of Chemistry, University of the Philippines Los Baños

Advisor: Prof. Florinia E. Merca

Performed research dealing on detection, isolation and purification of lectins found in sea invertebrates specifically sea cucumbers.



Publications

(underlined names indicate undergraduate authors)




  1. Dumancas, G.G.; Mateescu, R.; Mojica E.R.E.; Murphy, R. Linoleic acid and cancer (invited) (book chapter in preparation) under Linoleic acid: sources, antioxidant properties and health benefits, Gerard G. Dumancas and Raluca Mateescu, NY, Nova Science Publishers, 2012.

  2. Bowman, S.; Drzewiecki, K.; Mojica, E.R.E.; Zielinski, A.; Sigel, A.; Aga, D.S.; Berry, J.O. Toxicity and reductions in intracellular calcium levels following uptake of tetracycline antibiotics in Arabidopsis. Environmental Science and Technology 2011, 45, 8958–8964.

  3. Mojica, E.R.E.; Aga, D.S. 2011. Antibiotics pollution in soil and water: Potential ecological and human health issues. In Nriagu JO (ed) Encyclopedia of Environmental Health, Volume 1, 97-110. Burlington: Elsevier.

  4. Mojica, E.R.E.; Autschbach, J.; Bright, F.V.; Aga, D.S. Tetracycline speciation during molecular imprinting in xerogels results in class selective binding. Analyst, 2011, 136, 749-755.

  5. Mojica, E.R.E.; Autschbach, J.; Bright, F.V.; Aga, D.S. Synthesis and evaluation of tetracycline imprinted xerogels: Comparison of experiment and computational binding studies. Analytica Chimica Acta, 2011, 684, 63-71.

  6. Farkas, M.; Minesh, P.; Mojica, E.R.E.; Aga, D.S.; Berry, J. Development of a rapid biolistic assay for determination of relative calcium concentrations in pinto beans after tetracycline uptake. Analyst, 2009, 134, 1594-1600.

  7. Mojica, E.R.E.; Kim, S.; Aga, D.S. Formation of N-ethylmaleimide (NEM)-glutathione conjugate and N-ethylmaleamic acid revealed by mass spectral characterization of intracellular and extracellular microbial metabolites of NEM. Applied and Environmental Microbiology, 2008, 74, 323-326.

Publications From Philippine Based Researches

  1. Pabico, J.P.; Micor, J.R.L; Mojica, E.R.E. A neural prototype for a virtual chemical spectrophotometer. Philippine Computing Journal, 2009, 4(2), 39-42.

  2. Liu, F.D.M.; Mojica, E.R.E.; Deocaris, C.C. Angiogenic property of tobacco (Nicotiana tabacum L.) leaves. Philippine Journal of Crop Science, 2008, 33, 97-102.

  3. Mojica, E.R.E.; Micor, J.R.L. Utilization of plant refuses as component of heavy metal ion sensors in water samples. Journal of Applied Sciences and Environmental Management, 2007, 11, 69-74.

  4. Mojica, E.R.E.; Santos, J.H.; Micor, J.R.L. Determination of lead using a feather-modified carbon paste electrode by anodic stripping voltammetry. World Journal of Applied Sciences, 2007, 2, 512-518.

  5. Mojica, E.R.E.; Tamayo, J.P.; Micor, J.R.L. Utilization of polyaniline (emeraldine salt) as modifier of graphite paste electrodes for heavy metal detection. World Journal of Applied Sciences, 2007, 2, 523-526.

  6. Mojica, E.R.E.; Micor, J.R.L. Bioactivity study of Barringtonia asiatica (L.) Kurtz seed crude extract in Artemia salina. International Journal of Botany, 2007, 3, 325-328.

  7. Occeña, I.V.; Merca, F.E.; Mojica, E.R.E. Isolation and partial characterization of a lectin from the seeds of Artocarpus camansi Blanco. Asian Journal of Plant Sciences, 2007, 6, 757-764.

  8. Mojica, E.R.E.; Merca, F.E.; Micor, J.R.L. Fabrication of a sensor using seed lectin in voltammetric detection of heavy metals. Philippine Journal of Science, 2007, 136, 25-32.

  9. Mojica, E.R.E. Copper oxide as mediator for the amperometric determination of hydrogen peroxide. Philippine Journal of Science, 2007, 136, 19-24.

  10. Mojica, E.R.E.; Kalcher, K. Determination of the most effective procedure for the immobilization of enzymes on amperometric biosensor for bonded glucose. Philippine Agricultural Scientist, 2007, 90, 137-142.

  11. Mojica, E.R.E.; Vidal, J.M.; Pelegrina, A.B.; Micor, J.R.L. Voltammetric determination of lead (II) ions at a carbon paste electrode modified with banana tissue. Journal of Applied Sciences, 2007, 7, 1286-1292.

  12. Mojica, E.R.E.; Merca, F.E. Isolation and partial characterization of lectin from internal organs of black sea cucumber (Holothuria atra Jaeger). Asia Life Sciences, 2006, 15, 173-182.

  13. Mojica, E.R.E.; Gomez, S.P.; Micor, J.R.L.; Deocaris, C.C. Lead detection using a pineapple bioelectrode. Philippine Agricultural Scientist, 2006, 89, 134-140.

  14. Mojica, E.R.E.; Deocaris, C.C.; Merca, F.E. A survey of lectin-like activity in Philippine marine invertebrates. Philippine Journal of Science, 2005, 134, 139-146.

  15. Elviña Jr., R.O.; Mojica, E.R.E. Orange peel essential oil as component of a metal sensor for lead (II) ions in aqueous samples. Journal of Applied Sciences and Environmental Management, 2005, 9, 23-27.

  16. Mojica, E.R.E.; Nato Jr, A.Q.; Ambas, M.E.T.; Feliciano, C.P.; Francisco, M.L.D.L.; Deocaris, C.C. Application of gamma radiation as pretreatment method in the production of fermented fish paste. Journal of Applied Sciences Research, 2005, 1, 90-94.

  17. Deocaris, C.C.; Aguinaldo, R.R.; dela Ysla, J.L.; Asencion, A.S.; Mojica, E.R.E. Hypoglycemic activity of irradiated banaba (Lagerstroemia speciosa Linn.) leaves. Journal of Applied Sciences Research, 2005, 1, 95-98.

  18. Mojica, E.R.E.; Micor, J.R.L.; Deocaris, C.C. kaCCFEHM-trode: an example of a radiation synthesized metal sensor with a multi-composite modifier. Journal of Applied Sciences Research, 2005, 1, 99-102.

  19. Mojica, E.R.E.; Tocino, A.B.; Micor, J.R.L.; Deocaris, C.C. A feather-trode sensor for detecting lead ions. Philippine Journal of Science, 2005, 134, 51-56.

  20. Mojica, E.R.E.; Merca, F.E. Anodic stripping voltammetric determination of mercury (II) using lectin modified carbon paste electrode. Journal of Applied Sciences, 2005, 5, 1461-1465.

  21. Mojica, E.R.E.; Merca, F.E. Biological properties of lectin from Holothuria scabra Jaeger. Journal of Biological Sciences, 2005, 5, 472-477.

  22. Mojica, E.R.E.; Merca, F.E. Isolation and partial characterization of a lectin from the internal organs of the sea cucumber (Holothuria scabra Jaeger). International Journal for Zoological Research, 2005, 1, 59-65.

  23. Micor, J.R.L.; Deocaris, C.C.; Mojica, E.R.E. Biological activity of bignay [Antidesma bunius (L.) Spreng] crude extract in Artemia salina. Journal of Medical Sciences, 2005, 5, 195-198.

  24. Mojica, E.R.E.; Micor, J.R.L.; Leyson, G.P.M.; Petrache, C.A.; Deocaris, C.C. Rapid screening of cytotoxic tyrosinase inhibitors from cashew (Anacardium occidentale) nut shell liquid extract. Philippine Journal of Crop Science, 2005, 30, 47-52.

  25. Endriga, M.A.; Mojica, E.R.E.; Merca, F.E.; Lacsamana, M.S.; Deocaris, C.C. Evaluation of some lectins as anti-protozoal agents. Journal of Medical Sciences, 2005, 5, 31-34.

  26. Deocaris, C.C.; de Castro, M.C.P.; Oabel, A.T.; Co, E.L.; Mojica, E.R.E. Screening for anti-angiogenic activity in shiitake mushroom (Lentinus edodes Berk) extracts. Journal of Medical Sciences, 2005, 5, 43-46.

  27. Mojica, E.R.E.; Merca, F.E. Isolation and partial characterization of lectin from body wall of black sea cucumber (Holothuria atra Jaeger). Philippine Journal of Science, 2005, 133, 77-85. (Covered article)

  28. Mojica, E.R.E.; Deocaris, C.C.; Endriga, M.A. Essential oils with anti-protozoal activities. Philippine Journal of Crop Science, 2004, 29, 41-43.

  29. De Mesa, M.D.; Mojica, E.R.E.; Merca, F.E. Purification of lectin from mature seeds of malunggay (Moringa pterygosperma). Philippine Journal of Crop Science, 2004, 29, 13-24.




  1. Micor, J.R.L.; Mojica, E.R.E.; Leyson, G.P.M.; Petrache, C.A.; Deocaris, C.C. Preliminary study on the characterization and toxicity of the cashew nut shell liquid in Pomacea canaliculata and Artemia salina. Asia Life Sciences, 2004, 13, 71-80.

  2. Mojica, E.R.E.; Micor, J.R.L.; Santos J.H.; Deocaris, C.C. Preliminary work on the fabrication of a kappa-carrageenan-PEO metal sensor with radiation polymerization. Philippines Nuclear Journal, 2004, 14, 81-83.

  3. Micor, J.R.L.; Mojica, E.R.E.; Santos, J.H.; Deocaris, C.C. Selective voltammetric detection of mercury (II) by a radiation synthesized feather entrapped-hydrogel modified electrode (FEHM-trode). Philippines Nuclear Journal, 2004, 14, 78-80.

  4. Mojica, E.R.E.; Palafox, J.M.V.P. Periplaneta americana Linn (Blattodea: Blattidae) as source of chitin component of metal sensor. The Philippine Entomologist, 2004, 18, 90-93.

  5. Mojica, E.R.E.; Merca, F.E.; Singson, E.O. Insects with hemagglutinating activity as lectin source. The Philippine Entomologist, 2004, 18, 94-99.

  6. Pabico, J.P.; Mojica, E.R.E.; Micor, J.R.L. Artificial Chemistry: Basic concepts and applications to combinatorial problems. Kimika, 2003, 19, 77-82.

  7. Pisueña, M.E.V.; Mojica, E.R.E.; Merca, F.E. Isolation and partial characterization of non-blood specific lectins from Auricularia auricula (Hook.) Underw. and Polyporus sp. Asia Life Sciences, 2003, 12, 97-110.

  8. Mojica, E.R.E.; Merca, F.E.; Micor, J.R.L. Fiber of kapok (Ceiba pentandra) as component of a metal sensor for lead in water samples. Philippine Journal of Crop Science, 2002, 27, 37-42.

Submitted and In Preparation



  1. Profit, A.A.; Felsen, V.; Chinwong, J.; Mojica, E.R.E.; and Desamero, R.B.Z. The amyloidogenic potential of hIAPP22-29­ is altered by aromatic ring substituents on Phe-23. Submitted to Peptide Science.

  2. Mojica, E.R.E.; Autschbach, J. Screening of different computational models for the preparation of sol-gel imprinted materials. For submission to Journal of Molecular Modeling.

  3. Mojica, E.R.E.; Bright, F.V. Evaluation of tetracycline surface imprinted xerogels. For submission to Microchemical Journal.

  4. Mojica, E.R.E.; Desamero, R.B.Z. Quantitative analysis of xylenes by vibrational spectroscopy: An integrated undergraduate experiment. For submission to Chemical Educator.

  5. Profit, A.A.; Mojica, E.R.E.; and Desamero, R.B.Z. Vibrational spectroscopy of amyloidogenic aggregates of octapeptides containing an aromatic ring with different substituents. In preparation for submission to Journal of Raman Spectroscopy.

  6. Mojica, E.R.E.; Profit, A.A.; and Desamero, R.B.Z. Monitoring amyloid formation and markers of cyano-substituted phenylalanine ring in NFGAILSS by various spectroscopic techniques. In preparation for submission to CHEMBIOCHEM.

Presentations


  1. Mojica, E.R.E.; Autschbach, J. ; Aga, D.S.; Bright, F.V. Development of surface molecularly imprinted xerogels as antibiotic selective sorbents in environmental chemistry. Poster paper presented at Pittsburg Convention (PittCon), Orlando, Florida, Feb 28- March 5, 2010.

  2. Mojica, E.R.E.; Aga, D.S.; Autschbach, J.; Bright, F.V. Molecularly imprinted xerogels for binding tetracyclines. Oral paper presented at ACS Fall Annual Meeting, Washington DC, August 16-20, 2009.

  3. Mojica, E.R.E.; Aga, D.S.; Autschbach, J.; Bright, F.V. Molecularly imprinted xerogels for binding tetracyclines. Poster paper presented at Pittsburg Convention (PittCon), Chicago, Illinois, March 8-13, 2009.

  4. Mojica, E.R.E.; Bright, F.V. Spectroscopy of anhydrotetracycline in alcoholic solvents and silica-based xerogels. 2009. Poster paper presented at Pittsburg Convention (PittCon), Chicago, Illinois, March 8-13, 2009.

  5. Mojica, E.R.E.; Aga, D.S.; Bright, F.V. pH-dependent spectroscopy of tetracyclines. Oral paper presented at 28th PAASE Annual Meeting, Georgetown University Medical Center, Washington DC, May 22-24, 2008.

  6. Mojica, E.R.E.; Aga, D.S.; Bright, F.V. pH-dependent spectroscopy of tetracycline and tetracycline analogs. Oral paper presented at Pittsburg Convention (PittCon), New Orleans, Louisiana, March 2-6, 2008.

  7. Mojica, E.R.E.; Aga, D.S.; Bright, F.V. Spectroscopic studies of tetracyclines at different pH. Oral paper presented at the 25th Annual Graduate Student Symposium. University at Buffalo, Buffalo, NY. May 15-16, 2007.

  8. Rogers, C.I.; Mojica, E.R.E.; Aga, D.S. Development of a method for the determination of estrogenic compounds. Poster paper presented at the Great Lakes Research Consortium Annual Student/ Faculty Conference. SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry, Syracuse, NY. March 14-15 2007.

  9. Mojica, E.R.E.; Kim, S.; Aga, D.S. Monitoring the fate of N-ethyl maleimide in wastewater by ion trap mass spectrometry. Poster paper presented at the ACS 34th Northeast Regional Meeting. Binghamton, NY. October 5-7, 2006.

  10. Mojica, E.R.E.; Kim, S.; Aga, D.S. Application of LC/MS/MS in monitoring changes in activated sludge physiology upon exposure to toxic compounds. Poster paper presented at the 24th Annual Graduate Student Symposium. University at Buffalo, Buffalo, NY. May 17-18, 2006.

  11. Endriga, M.A.; Mojica, E.R.E.; Deocaris, C.C. Holothurian fluorescent proteins. Oral paper presented at the Kapisanang Kimika ng Pilipinas (Southern Tagalog Chapter) KKP-ST 33rd Annual Convention. ERDB Auditorium, College, Laguna. October 20-21, 2004.

  12. Mojica, E.R.E. Teaching Chemistry using everyday materials. Oral paper presented at the Kapnayan 2003 Seminar Series, UPLB, College, Laguna. November 22, 2003.



  1. Mojica, E.R.E. Using movies to help teach Chemistry. Oral paper presented at the 17th Philippine Chemistry Congress. Xavier Estates, Cagayan de Oro City. May 23-25, 2001.

  2. Mojica, E.R.E. Angelia, M.R.N. The economics of microscaling the copper reactions experiment. Oral paper presented at the 17th Philippine Chemistry Congress. Xavier Estates, Cagayan de Oro City. May 23-25, 2001.

  3. Mojica, E.R.E. Teaching Chemistry using pictorial analogies. Poster paper presented at the 17th Philippine Chemistry Congress. Xavier Estates, Cagayan de Oro City. May 23-25, 2001.



Awards and Recognitions
Individual

Graduate Student Excellence in Teaching Award, University at Buffalo, 2010

Institute of Chemistry Roll of Honor, IC Alumni Association-UPLB, 2010

Mark Diamond Research Fund, Graduate Student Association, University at Buffalo, 2009

Who's Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges, 2008-2010

Mattern-Tyler Award for Outstanding Teaching Assistant, 2007

International Publication Award for Journal Articles, University of the Philippines, 2006-2009

Austrian Academic Exchange Services (OeAD) and ASEA-UNINET (ASEAN-Europe University Network) Award - one-month research fellowship, 2005

3rd Place Best Research Paper, PCAMRD National Aquatic Resources Research and Development System Awards, 2005

Outstanding Junior Faculty Award, College of Arts and Sciences, University of the Philippines Los Banos, 2004

Best Poster Paper, 2nd place, Philippine National Convention and Annual Meeting of the International Society for Southeast Asian Agricultural Sciences (ISSAAS-Philippines) and the 1st National Agricultural Bioinformatics Convention and Workshop, 2004.

Best Poster Paper, Kapisanang Kimika ng Pilipinas, Southern Tagalog Chapter (KKP-ST) 33rd Annual Convention, 2004.

First Place, Best Research Paper, 8th Southern Luzon Zonal R & D Review, 2004.

Best Poster Paper, Chemical, Mathematical and Physical Sciences Division, National Academy of Science and Technology (NAST) 26th Annual Scientific Meeting, 2004.

Commission on Higher Education (CHED) MS Thesis Grant, 2002.



As Adviser or Supervising Scientist of Students

3rd Place, 2004 INTEL International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF), Portland, Oregon; 1st Place, 2004 INTEL Philippine Science Fair National Level (Supervising Scientist of Manila Science High School), Study: Development of a chemically modified carbon paste electrode from green mussels (Perna viridis) for the analysis of lead (II) through voltammetry by Anne Margrette C. Velasquez, Maria Katrina DV. Rivera and Alan Ray E. Gonzales.
1st Place, 2004 TAPI National Invention Contest Sibol Award (Outstanding Student Creative Research) College Level and World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) Award for College Level. (Adviser), Study: Plant based metal sensors by Jonathan L. Delos Reyes, Love Alain M. Quintos and Kathryn P. Oncinian.

2nd Place, 2004 INTEL Philippine Science Fair Regional Level (Supervising Scientist of Lumbang National High School), Study: Anti-inflammatory activity of kulutkulutan leaves by Earvin Latorre.

1st Place, 2003 TAPI National Invention Contest Sibol Award (Outstanding Student Creative Research) College Level and World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) Award for College Level; 2nd Place, 2003 Federation of Filipino-Chinese Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Inc. (FFCCCII) Creative Research Award (Sibol Award, College Level). (Adviser), Study: Waste materials as components of metal sensors by Socrates P. Gomez, Lorele C. Andal and Arlene B. Tocino.

1st Place, 2003 Rizal Technological University (RTU) Best BS Thesis (Co-adviser), Study: Development of a “yeast-trode” voltammetric biosensor for heavy metals by Jecylfah M. Dayanan.

2nd Place, 2003 Rizal Technological University (RTU) Best BS Thesis (Co-adviser), Study: Metal stressed Pseudomonas aeruginosa as biological modifier of a carbon paste electrode for voltammetric based lead sensor by Kristine O. Enriquez.


Professional Service

Journal Article Reviewer
Journal of Hazardous Materials

Sensors & Actuators B: Chemical

Philippine Agricultural Scientist

Philippine Journal of Science



Judge/Resource Person
New York City Metro Junior Science and Humanities Symposium (JSHS), York College, Jamaica, New York. Feb. 12, 2012.

Resource Person for York College Summer Research Initiative For High School, Undergraduate and Graduate Students. Topic: The best of both worlds: Experiences in mentoring high school students doing research in the Philippines and United States. York College, Jamaica, New York. July 21, 2011.

New York City Metro Junior Science and Humanities Symposium (JSHS), York College, Jamaica, New York. Mar. 13, 2011.

Professional References
Professor Ruel Desamero

Department of Chemistry, CUNY York College

Jamaica, New York 11451

7182622657 (email: desamero@york.cuny.edu)


Professor Diana S. Aga

Department of Chemistry, University at Buffalo

Buffalo, New York 14260-3000

7166454220 (email: dianaaga@buffalo.edu)


Professor Frank V. Bright

Department of Chemistry, University at Buffalo

Buffalo, New York 14260-3000

7166454180 (email: chefvb@buffalo.edu)


Dr. Valerie Frerichs

Associate Lab Director, General Chemistry Laboratory

Department of Chemistry, University at Buffalo

Buffalo, New York 14260

7166454135 (email: zuccari@buffalo.edu)
Professor Neal Phillip

Department of Chemistry and Chemical Technology

Bronx Community College, Bronx, New York 10453

7182895568 (email: Neal.Phillip@bcc.cuny.edu)






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