Dr Ricardo Manalastas Jr. is Professor XII in the College of Medicine at the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology. He served the department in various capacities, including as Vice Chair for Research. He is the first local Infectious Disease Subspecialist in OBGYN and has a Masters in Bioethics. He has conducted research including 42 drug and vaccine trials since 1991, with 2 still ongoing. He has 16 international and 11 local publications, and over 220 speaking engagements locally and internationally. He has authored 10 books and manuals, including one on bioethics and research ethics. He is presently the Director of the Office of
Research Management and Translation, Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research which monitor and manages research programs across the campus. He is also Chair of the National Ethics Committee of the DOST starting 2023, and Chair of the Committee on Information Dissemination, Training and Advocacy of the Philippine Health Research Ethics Board since 2016. He has received the POGS Baldomero Roxas Award for Academic Distinction. Honoria Acosta Sison Award for Research and Young Researcher Award. He works on clinical research, and on training on research and ethics locally and nationally.