Leo Sebastian Biography, Contributions

Leo Sebastian is a Filipino scientist, academician and former government official. He was formerly an undersecretary of the Department of Agriculture (DA).

Personal Information
Complete Name –> Leocadio Sotor Sebastian
Nickname –> Leo
Birth Date –> N/A
Hometown –> Philippines

Family
No Information

Education
College –> University of the Philippines Los Banos (UPLB) in Laguna
Degree –> N/A
Master’s –> University of the Philippines Los Banos (UPLB)
PhD –> Plant Breeding and Genetics, Cornell University

Political Career / Work Experiences
2021-2022 – Undersecretary, Department of Agriculture
Former Regional Program Leader, CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) in Southeast Asia
2000-2008 – Director, Philippine Rice Research Institute (PRRI)
Former Regional Director for Asia Pacific Region, Bioversity International

Expertise / Research / Contribution to Science
* Application of climate-smart mapping and adaptation planning (CS-MAP)
* Development of rice cultivars (Matatag lines 5-8)
* Molecular mapping of the RSTV and its vector, the green leafhopper
* Development of marker-aided selection techniques for the transfer of the resistance genes to other elite rice cultivars
* Publication of research outputs in Climate Change, Rice Breeding and Genetics, Pest Management, Agronomy, and Agricultural Economics

Awards
Ten Outstanding Young Men (TOYM)
Medal for Contribution to the Cause of Agriculture and Rural Development, Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD) of Vietnam
Outstanding Young Scientist in Plant Breeding
Pantas (Sage) Award for Research Management
JICA Presidential Award

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