Dr. Jomar F. Rabajante is a recipient of the 2021 Outstanding Young Scientist (OYS) Award which is annually given by the National Academy of Science and Technology (NAST). He is recognized by NAST for his outstanding work in the field of applied mathematics, particularly in the mathematical modeling of complex biological and social systems. Currently, he plays a major role in the UP COVID-19 Pandemic Response Team as well as serving as the consultant for COVID-19 modelling and data analytics of various organizations like Asian Development Bank, United Nations Population Fund, Zuellig Family Foundation, L4H-Philippine Society of the Public Health Physicians, and Province of Bataan. His research studies were covered by different news agencies such as CNN, ANC, ABS-CBN News, GMA News, Rappler, ONE News, Philippine Star, Business Mirror, DZRH, and Eagle Broadcasting Corporation.
He finished his Doctor of Science in Mathematical and Systems Engineering – Environmental and Energy Systems at Shizuoka University, Japan as a Japanese Government (Monbukagakusho: MEXT) scholar (2016). He finished his master’s degree in Applied Mathematics at UP Diliman as a DOST scholar (2012) and his undergraduate degree in Applied Mathematics at UP Los Baños (2006).
Dr. Rabajante is currently the Dean of the Graduate School, UP Los Baños. He is a Professor and UP Scientist at the Institute of Mathematical Sciences and Physics of the College of Arts and Sciences, UP Los Baños. As part of the IMSP family, Dr. Rabajante is the main proponent of the first and only PhD Applied Mathematics graduate program in the Philippines. Moreover, he has been active in publishing scientific articles and securing grants from local and international agencies. His research profile indicates that he is one of the Philippine-based mathematicians with an h-index of 10.
His study on gene regulatory networks lead to the discovery of candidate biomarkers of diseases, such as cancer. His model of Red Queen dynamics provides new insights for the fields of evolutionary biology, parasite ecology, biomedical parasitology and epidemiology that are essential for better understanding of antibiotic resistance to control diseases. He is a pioneer in modeling the foraging behavior of native stingless bees in the Philippines to improve crop pollination. His work on pollination modeling in collaboration with the UPLB Bee Program is geared towards helping farmers in formulating best farm practices for optimizing their yield and minimizing pest damage.
The OYS Awards by NAST are given to young Filipino scientists who do not exceed the age of 40 within the year of the awarding period. These young scientists are assessed based on the quality and quantity of their contributions to the whole scientific community in their fields of studies, as well as to the development of science and technology in the Philippines.
Dr. Rabajante’s passion and dedication to promote mathematics as a tool in solving practical and pressing problems, not only in the country but also in the whole world, is evident by his achievements and high-quality research outputs. He dreams for Biomathematics in the Philippines to be known worldwide, and as an indispensable tool in the areas of agriculture, epidemiology, molecular biology, and environmental science. Dr. Rabajante is truly a source of inspiration to many students, faculty members, and emerging scientists within or outside the institute.