Clara Lim-Sylianco

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Clara Lim-Sylianco (born August 18, 1925, in Guihulngan, Oriental Negros) is a Filipina National Scientist widely regarded for her contributions in the fields of biochemistry and organic chemistry.


Career and Contributions

Dr. Lim-Sylianco focused on mutagens, antimutagens, and bio-organic mechanisms on her research. Her numerous discoveries of environmental mutagens earned her laboratory at the University of the Philippines the designation of being an international training center for the detection of chemical mutagens by the Research Planning in Biological Sciences, Washington D.C., USA in 1986, as well as her appointment as a member of the International Advisory Committee on Antimutagens in 1989. She is also the author of five books in organic chemistry, biochemistry, genetic toxicology, and molecular nutrition, which are used as references by college chemistry students all over the Philippines.

For her contributions, Dr. Lim-Sylianco received the Gregorio Y. Zara award, 1977; the UP Endowment Professorial Chair in Chemistry, 1974-1977; and was a Fellow of the Royal Society, 1958. She was conferred as a National Scientist in 1994 by Former President Fidel Ramos.


  • B.S.(Chemistry), magna cum laude Silliman University, 1949
  • M.S.(Chemistry), University of the Philippines, 1953
  • Ph.D.(Biochemistry and Organic Chemistry), University of Iowa, 1957

External Link


  • DOST-NAST (2000). National Scientists of the Philippines (1978-1998). Anvil Publishing Inc.



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