Dr. Raul Destura is a molecular microbiologist and an infectious disease specialist. He took his bachelor’s degree in Microbiology at the University of Sto. Tomas and subsequently his medical degree and specialty in Internal Medicine at the De la Salle Health Sciences Institute. After this, he went to the University of the Philippines-Philippine General Hospital for his sub-specialty training in Infectious Diseases. He then received a research scholarship grant to the International Training and Fellowship on Emerging Infectious Diseases at the Center for Global Health, University of Virginia School of Medicine.
He trained as a research fellow and collaborator in the Mid-Atlantic Regional Center for Excellence in Biodefense Research primarily on low-dose enteric pathogens.
Dr. Destura is currently the principal lead for multiple research grants from local and international funding in the area of infectious disease diagnostics such as Dengue, Japanese B Encephalitis, Zika, Chikungunya, Neglected Tropical Infectious Diseases, Multi-drug and Extensively drug-resistant TB.
He is currently the director of the National Training Center for Biosafety and Biosecurity of UP National Institutes of Health, the Deputy Executive Director of the Philippine Genome Center, and the Clinical and Translational Research Institute of the Medical City.