Dr. Windell L. Rivera, associate professor of microbiology of the University of the Philippines (UP) Diliman, won the 2014 National Research Council of the Philippines (NRCP) Eusebio Y. Garcia Recognition Award for Molecular Biology and Molecular Pathology. Dr. Rivera received the award during the NRCP’s “Symposium on Dengue Researches and 81st Founding Anniversary” held last month at the Bayleaf Hotel in Intramuros, Manila. This conferment also earned him the NRCP Medallion and Plaque of Excellence and a cash prize of P25,000.Dr. Rivera ranks among the most celebrated local medical scientists and experts on molecular biology of various disease-causing microorganisms. His pioneering work in parasitology significantly augmented limited information on a variety of pathogens, in particular, the locally abundant swine-derived Balantidium coli, a harmful protozoan which Dr. Rivera successfully characterized at ultra structural and molecular levels.