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Lilen C. Sarol, PhD
Assistant Professor
Department of Medical Microbiology

Dr. Lilen C. Sarol is currently an Assistant Professor (rank VI) at the Department of Medical Microbiology. Concurrent to this position, she is also the Assistant to the Dean for Research and heads the newly institutionalized Office of Research. In her professional life, there are three major areas that formed part of her development: research, laboratory work and Virology. She started her career as a Research Assistant at the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health, College of Public Health. A shift in her career took place when she got involved in cancer research, initially at the Division of Surgical Oncology, University of California Los Angeles and later on at the John Wayne Cancer Institute, Saint John’s Health Center both in the USA. At these institutions, she produced cell lines from cancer tissues that were later on tested as possible vaccine candidates. This period marked the beginning of her career path in Virology. Her virology experience was further honed at the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine (RITM). As the Senior Science Research Specialist at RITM, she managed the routine diagnosis of viral diseases, particularly the virus isolation section. She was also involved in the polio surveillance and acted as a trainer in various training programs of the institute.

Her interest in Virology grew further as she became a faculty at the College of Public Health. She teaches Virology in both graduate and undergraduate students, supervise their research undertakings and coordinate training programs/workshops. Her research and laboratory experiences span the same length as her career. From the basic techniques in bacterial, fungal and viral diagnosis, she acquired knowledge and skills on more advanced techniques such as PCR and sequencing. These were gained from trainings in the Philippines, France and Japan and during her doctoral study at the Nagoya City University Medical School, Nagoya, Japan. Dr. Sarol has published five papers, four of them in international journals with her article on “Inhibitory effects of IFN-on HIV-1 replication in latently infected cells” as the most notable.



  • Sarol LC, Lota MML, Dato MC, Medina RJ.. Rapid Assessment of AMS-Related Practices in Hospitals of Various Capacity Levels in the Philippines.. WHO-WPRO. (Technical Report). (2016); ;
  • Sarol LC. Victoriano A and Gloriani, N.G.. PCR Patterns of the Flagellin typhii. Acta Medica Philippina. (2006); 40 (1); 37-41
  • Sarol LC. Victoriano A and Gloriani, N.G.. PCR Patterns of the Flagellin typhii.. Acta Medica Philippina.. (2006); 40 (1); 37-41