INDICASAT biologist receives APANAC_TWAS young researcher award 2013
The Panamanian Association for the Advancement of Science (APANAC), in collaboration with the World Academy of Sciences (TWAS), awarded José R. Loaiza with the APANAC_TWAS Young Investigator Award for 2013. The award aims to recognize young scientists working and living in the Republic of Panama, whose scientific research is outstanding and has had, or may have, a positive impact on the country and the developing world.
Dr. Rubén Berrocal, National Secretary of Science, Technology and Innovation (SENACYT), delivered the APANAC_TWAS award to Dr. José R. Loaiza of the Institute of Scientific Research and High Technology Services (INDICASAT - AIP), based at the City of Knowledge, in the framework of the General Assembly of the Panamanian Association for the Advancement of Science (APANAC).
Dr. José R. Loaiza is an assistant professor at the School of Biology of the University of Panama, a postdoctoral researcher of INDICASAT - AIP and member of the National Research System (SNI) of SENACYT. His research has been supported by several grants, stipends and research funds from SENACYT, the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI) and INDICASAT - AIP.
The winner selection was made based solely on scientific merit. The Selection Committee paid particular attention to: (1) The impact of the candidate's work on the current state of science in their field of research, (2) Exceptionally important achievements in relation to the possible effects of these achievements in the development of scientific thought, and (3) contributions to innovation, industry and human welfare in the country.
The jury appointed to the selection of the winner in this edition evaluated academic achievement, scientific investigations, and the large number of publications in international journals of high impact by Dr. José R. Loaiza.
The 40 year old leading researcher won a SENACYT scholarship with research funds of the Organization of American States (OAS), for doctoral studies at McGill University in Montreal, Canada. Thus began his scientific studies on mosquito malaria vectors. José R. Loaiza is also the author of over 15 scientific articles published in international journals of high impact, and as a researcher his interest has focused on population genetics and ecology of the most important vectors of malaria in Panama and America, the Anopheles albimanus and Anopheles darlingi mosquitoes.