For her pioneering contribution to DNA forensics in the Philippines and in leading the DNA Analysis Laboratory, Natural Sciences Research Institute, UP Diliman in promoting the use of DNA technology for forensic applications and human genomics research, particularly on the genetic history of the Filipino people. Her work was valuable in the 2007 Supreme Court promulgation of the Rule on DNA Evidence that is now followed by all Philippine courts when DNA evidence is presented at trial. A Dangal ng Bayan awardee from the Civil Service Commission, she actively advocates for effective research communication, science-driven national policies on forensic DNA databases, institutional protection of the rights of indigenous peoples, and proper governance to ensure the ethical conduct of research in the Philippines. Dr. De Ungria identifies herself as a changemaker who uses "DNA" as her catalyst for change.
Birthdate: 6 September 1968
- Ph.D. Microbiology - University of New South Wales - 1999
- B.S. in Biology - Macquarie Uniersity - 1993