Outstanding Scientist

Applied Biochemist and Molecular Biologist
Outstanding Scientist of the Philippines (Biochemistry)
National Academy of Science and Technology
(Vital C Consultant/Lecturer)

Dr. Jose M. Oclarit born in Saray, Salay, Misamis Oriental, Philippines. Dr. Oclarit comes to Mountain View College with a string of impressive academic credentials.

In 1979 he finished his BS Zoology/Marine Biology from the Mindanao State University, Marawi City and 1987, his Master of Science in Physiology from the University of the Philippines Diliman, Quezon City. In 1984, Hiroshima University, Hiroshima, Japan conferred on him his Ph.D. in Applied Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. His research title was: Chemical and Biological Studies of Bioactive Compounds Obtained from Marine Sponges of Japan.

He was a post doctoral fellow in molecular biology and fatty acid analysis (1996-1997) at the Chugoku National Industrial Research Institute (now the National Institute for Advanced Science and Technology) in Kure City, Hiroshima Prefecture, Japan. He also had post doctoral experience on calcium regulation related to depression and other neurological disorders (Nov. 2001 – February 2002) under the tutorship of Dr. Lukasz Konopka of the Edward Hines, Jr. Hospital for Veteran Affairs, Hines, Illinois, USA.

In 1996, Dr. Oclarit received the National Outstanding Young Scientist of the Philippines Award (Applied Biochemistry). This is the most prestigious award for science in Philippines which is awarded yearly by the National Academy of Science and Technology (NAST), the highest collegial body of Philippine Science affiliated with the Royal Society of London, England.

This award was given in grateful recognition of his outstanding contribution to science for having discovered two novel compounds: (1) Clathrynamide, an anticancer agent against human myeloid cells. This is found in the first chapter of his Ph. D. dissertation and is published in Tetrahedron Letters, the international journal of organic chemistry; (2) 7,7-bis (3-indolyl-p-cresol), a novel antibiotic against Gram-positive bacteria.
This is published in the international journal, the Natural Products Letters. Both molecules were patented in Japan by Ajinomoto and Suntory companies, respectively, since they were the ones that funded the research projects.

The other awards he received includes: National Outstanding Researcher in Industry and Energy for 2000 (National Level – First Place); Regional-Zonal Best Paper Awardee (First Place) 1999; Outstanding Professor of Mindanao State University-Iligan Institute of Technology (MSU-IIT) 1997 in the field of Applied Biochemistry; Outstanding Recognition for Science and Technology (1994) given by the government of Iligan City; National Outstanding Achievement Award (in Microbiology) in 1999 by the Philippine Association of Japanese Ministry of Educational Scholars in collaboration with the Japanese Information and Cultural Center, Manila; and International Grand Award Winner on Research in Microbiology (2nd Place) during the 53rd International Science and Engineering Fair held at Louisville, Kentucky, USA in 2002. (This is the annual Science Olympics of all science fairs worldwide participated in by 40 countries and the 50 states of the United States.

The Who’s Who in the World cited him eight consecutive times from 1996-2003 as Scientist in Applied Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. A consistent honor student from the elementary grades to college, Dr. Oclarit was a scholar at the MSU-IIT, a national science scholar at the UP Diliman, and a MONBUSHO (Japanese Ministry of Education and Science) scholar. He emerged No.1 among all the applicants of the Japanese scholarship from the southern Philippines. This scholarship enabled him to undertake his doctoral studies at Hiroshima University.

Before connecting with MVC as a full professor of molecular biology and biochemistry and a research scientist, Dr. Oclarit was a professor of applied biochemistry and molecular biology at the Department of Biological Science, MSU-IIT. He was an adjunct professor in Oncogenesis, College of Medicine, MSU, Marawi City, and for a number of times a visiting scientist at the National Institute of Advanced Science and Technology and the Chugoku National Industrial Research Institute, Agency of Industrial Science and Technology, both in Japan.

Dr. Oclarit has been invited to speak in international scientific meetings. He was a speaker and a participant in the International Conference on OCEANS (May 11-14, 2009 – Bremen, Germany); the Alfred Russel Wallace International Conference (2008 – Indonesia); the International Faith and Learning Seminar (2008 – Loma Linda, CA, USA; the International Conference on OCEANS (2007 – Scotland, UK); the International Symposium on Biotechnology: Basic and Application (2003 – Spain); the International Symposium on Marine Bioprocess Engineering (1998 – the Netherlands); the Asian Network on Microbial Researches (1999 – Thailand; 1998 – Indonesia); and the 7th Asian Chemical Congress (1196 – Japan)

Dr. Oclarit has also been given international travel and grants to visit China, Germany, the USA, the United Kingdom, Hong Kong, Japan, Spain, France, and Thailand.

At present, he is a consultant and lecturer of Vital C Health Products, Inc. His most common topic of lectures concerns on the (The Physiology of Super Ant-Oxidants: Mechanisms and Effects) this explains why human being get sick (the cells, the immune system) and why Vitamin C and other anti-oxidants and minerals can prevent and eventually cure these diseases.