Francis N. Baleta

Field of Study / Research: Advanced Research: Sargassum as Immunostimulant: Effects on the Fish Immune Response, Disease Resistance and Expression of Immune Genes

Program: Fulbright - Philippine Agriculture Scholarship Program (FPASP) for Advanced Research (Philippine Program)

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Philippine Affiliation: Isabela State University Echague, Isabela

U.S. Affiliation: University of Idaho Moscow, ID

FRANCIS NUESTRO BALETA, RFT, RPT, Ph.D.
Fulbright-Philippine Agriculture Scholar ’10-11
University of Rhode Island, Kingston, RI, United States

Education:
2012 – Ph.D. in Fisheries (Aquaculture – Aquatic Health Management), Institute of Aquaculture, College of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences, University of the Philippines Visayas, Miagao, Iloilo

2011 – Ph.D. Dissertation (Finfish Immunology) – Fulbright Fellow, Fisheries, Animal and Veterinary Sciences Department, College of Environmental and Life Sciences, University of Rhode Island, Kingston, Rhode Island, United States

2010 – Ph.D. Dissertation (Crustacean Immunology)- Research Fellow, Aquaculture Department, College of Life Sciences, National Taiwan Ocean University, Keelung, Taiwan, ROC

2007 – Master of Science in Fisheries (Aquaculture), Pangasinan State University, Binmaley, Pangasinan

2004- Bachelor of Science in Fisheries, College of Fisheries Central Luzon State University, Science City of Munoz

Current Affiliation and Designations:

ISABELA STATE UNIVERSITY MAIN CAMPUS, San Fabian, Echague, Isabela
Professor III, Institute of Fisheries
Director and Associate Dean, Institute of Fisheries
University Coordinator, CHED Faculty Development Program
University Coordinator, Philippine Science Consortium
Technical Assistant (Fisheries) to Vice President for Research and Development, Extension & Training
Accreditor, Accrediting Agency of Chartered Colleges and Universities in the Philippines
Member, Committee on University-wide Institutional Promotion

Recent Honors & Awards Received
  • 2015 Promising University Researcher Award, given by the Isabela State University
  • Gold- AFMA R & D Best Paper Award (Fisheries Category), 2014 DA-BAR National Research Symposium
  • 1st Place (Aquaculture Category), 2014 National Fisheries Research and Development Scientific Conference
  • 2nd Place (Aquaculture Category), 2014 National Fisheries Research and Development Scientific Conference
  • 3rd Place (Aquaculture Category), 2014 National Fisheries Research and Development Scientific Conference
  • Best Paper (Champion, Life Sciences Category), 2014 PSC National Joint Faculty and Students Research Congress
  • Best Poster (Champion, Life Sciences Category), 2014 PSC National Joint Faculty and Students Research Congress
  • Champion-Technical and Applied Research Category, 2013 ISU Agency In-house Review for Completed Research
  • 3rd place-Technical and Applied Research Category, 2013 ISU Agency In-house Review for Completed Research
Research Interests & Activities
  • Utilization of Seaweeds as Antibacterial Agent and as Immunostimulant for Finfish and Crustacean Aquaculture
  • Species Composition, Diversity and Abundance of Seaweeds and Mangroves in Northeastern Luzon, Philippines
  • Collection, Isolation and Identification of Microalgae from Northeastern Luzon, Philippines
  • Biological Properties (Bactericidal, Fungicidal, Piscicidal and Molluscicidal) of Selected Endemic Botanicals
  • Bacteria and Parasites Associated with Cage and Pond-reared Tilapia in Isabela
  • Limnological Characterization Along the Fish Cage Belt of Magat High Dam, Isabela
  • Aquatic Organisms Vulnerability and Climate Change Resiliency
  • Fish kill Mitigation Measures for Cage Aquaculture in Magat Reservoir