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Pilarita T. Rivera, MD, PhD
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Dr. Rivera is a professor of the Department of Parasitology of the College of Public Health, University of the Philippines, Manila. She graduated from the UP College of Medicine, trained on the immunology and molecular biology of malaria and other parasitic diseases in Singapore, Malaysia, Japan and USA; and finished a PhD (Medical Science) in Gunma University, Japan.
As a researcher, Dr. Rivera has obtained research grants from WHO, GTZ, UP Manila, DOH, DOST-PCASTRD and PCHRD, has maintained research collaboration with Japanese researchers, and has her research output published in local and international journal articles and monographs, and delivered as oral presentations and posters in local and international scientific conferences and meetings. Some of these are listed in http://www.biomed
Dr. Rivera’s active research career has enriched and advanced the teaching of parasitology to both undergraduate and graduate students, and has earned for her several professorial chairs and publication awards. Likewise, practical application of her researches has contributed to the revitalized malaria and other parasitic disease control programs of the DOH, with Dr. Rivera as a technical consultant and member of the malaria technical working group. Foremost of these engagements is the conduct of training on malaria microscopy for barangay microscopists, and training of trainers and implementers on integrated microscopy for medical technologists at the regional, provincial and municipal levels.
As an active member of both American Society of Tropical Medicine & Hygiene, and the Japanese Society of Tropical Medicine & Hygiene, a reviewer in local and international journals on parasitic diseases and public heath, and member of the editorial board of Acta Medica, Dr. Rivera continues to keep up the standards of parasitic disease research not only in the academe, but amongst the wider scientific community.
As an administrator, Dr. Rivera was chair of the Department of Parasitology for 3 terms, during which physical improvements of the student laboratory, research and service laboratories, animal room, conference and faculty offices; and acquisition of new equipment were done to provide better learning and working conditions. Computerization of department functions, faculty/staff output and reports was done to support teaching, research and extension services. As assistant to the Dean for research, planning and development, and with full support of the 7 departments of the college, Dr. Rivera has placed the groundwork to establish a fully functional research office, provide a nurturing research environment and promote a more vibrant and inclusive research culture, and relevant research outputs in the college.



  • Matsumoto-Takahasi, ELA, Tongol-Rivera, PN, Villacorte, EA, Angluben, RU, Junko Yasuoka, Shigeyuki Kano . Determining the impact of community awareness-raising activities on the prevention of malaria transmission in Palawan, the Philippines.. Parasitology International. (2015); 63; 519-526
  • Matsumoto-Takahashi, ELA, Tongol-Rivera, PN, Villacorte, EA, Angluben, RU, Masamine Jimba and Shigeyuki Kano. Patient Knowledge on Malaria Symptoms Is a Key to Promoting Universal Access of Patients to Effective Malaria Treatment in Palawan, the Philippines.. PLOS/One DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0127858. (2015); ;
  • Belleza, MLB, Cadacio, JLC, Borja, MP, Solon, JAA, Padilla, MA, Tongol-Rivera, PN, and Rivera, WL. Epidemiologic Study of Blastocystis Infection in an Urban Community in the Philippines.. Journal of Environmental and Public Health Volume 2015, Article ID 894297, 7 pages . (2015); ;
  • Soares Magalhães RJ, Salamat MS, Leonardo LR, Gray DJ, Carabin H, Halton K, McManus DP, Williams GM, Rivera P, Saniel O, Hernandez L, Yakob L, McGarvey S,Clements A. Geographical distribution of human Schistosoma japonicum infection in The Philippines: tools to support disease control and further elimination. . International Journal of Parasitology. (2014); ;
  • Saniel O, Leonardo L., Rivera P. et al. A National Baseline Prevalence Survey of Schistosomiasis in the Philippines Using Stratified Two-Step Systematic Cluster Sampling Design.. Journal of Tropical Medicine. (2012); ;
  • Saniel OP., Leonardo LR., Rivera PT. et al. Prevalence Survey of Schistosomiasis in Mindanao and the Visayas, the Philippines. Parasitology International. International Publication Award. (2008); 57; 246-251
  • Iwagami M, Hatabu T., Kawazu S, Escueta AS, Villacorte EA, Rivera, PT and Kano S. Phylogenetic Relationship of Plasmodium falciparum population in the Philippines. Southeast Asian Journal of Tropical Medicine and Public Health. (2008); 39 (2); 202-204
  • Angluben RU, Trudeau M, Kano S and Rivera PT.. Kilusan Ligtas Malaria:Advancing Social Mobilization Towards Sustainable Malaria Control in the Province of Palawan. Tropical Medicine and Health. (2008); 36 (1); 45-49
  • Leonardo, LR, Rivera PT, Saniel, OP, Villacorte EA,Crisostomo B, Hernandez L and et al.. Prevalence Survey of Schistosomiasis in Mindanao and the Visayas, the Philippines. Parasitology International . (2008); ;
  • Rivera PT, "Rivera WL, Escueta AD, Villacorte EA, Limlangan ET, Lazaro CM, and Kanbara M. Prevalence of serologically positive amebic liver abscess cases in the Philippines. Acta Medica Philippina. (2007); 41 (2); 31-36
  • Iwagami M., Taguchi N., Angluben R.U., Escueta A.S., Villacorte EA, Rivera, PT, Kano, S. Kawazu, S.. Evaluation of Blood Preservation Methods in the Performance of the WHO in vitro micro test for Plasmodium falciparum in the Field. Tropical Medicine and Health. (2007); 35 (4); 337-341
  • Leonardo, LR, Crisostomo B.A., Solon, JA, Rivera, PT, and Villasper JM. Geographic Information Systems in Health Research and Services Delivery in the Philippines. Geospatial Health. (2007); 1 (2); 147-155
  • Moendeg, KJ, Angeles, JM, Goto, Y, Leonardo, LR, Kirinoki, M, Villacorte, EA, Rivera, PT, Inoue, N, Chigusa, Y, Kawazu, S. Development and optimization of cocktail-ELISA for a unified surveillance of zoonotic schistosomiasis in multiple host species.. Parasitol Res. 2015 Mar.. ; 114 (3); 1225-8