I am nutritionist by training. I earned my BS and MS Nutrition degrees at the University of the Philippines Los Baños and University of Wisconsin Stout. Prior to doing my doctoral studies, I was as an assistant professor at the University of the Philippines Los Baños. I am an advocate of the use of culinary heritage as a platform of food and nutrition security. My research has been mostly on Philippine food and consumption. The most recent one documents the traditional food system of indigenous groups in Ifugao – a globally important agricultural heritage site.
My dissertation intends to examine the landscape of fermented rice product making and consumption in the Philippines to reveal how food system revolutions as the introduction of modern rice varieties influence the retention or change in culinary and flavor traditions of rice farming societies.