Dr. Junie Billones presently holds the position of University Scientist and Professor at the Department of Physical Sciences and Mathematics, College of Arts and Sciences, University of the Philippines Manila. He served as Director of Learning Resource Center, University of the Philippines Manila (2001-2011), Assistant Director of the Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences (2013-2017), member of Fairness Opinion Board of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) Philippines, and Chair of the Scientific Review Council (2016-present) at the National Institutes of Health-Philippines. He won the prestigious national award in research, the Eduardo A. Quisumbing Medal for Outstanding Research and Development for Basic Research in 2016, that was given by the National Academy of Science and Technology, DOST. He was the leader of the research program entitled “Computer-Aided Discovery of Compounds for the Treatment of Tuberculosis in the Philippines” (2012-2017). He received several professorial chairs and faculty awards from the University. Dr. Billones obtained his straight PhD in Chemistry from the University of the Philippines under the International Development Program of Australia. Under the sandwich PhD fellowship, he performed his dissertation at the Research School of Chemistry, Australian National University, Canberra, Australia (1995, 1998). He published 30 articles in international scientific journals, and presented 50 papers in diverse local and international scientific conferences and public forums. Dr. Billones is a member of several national and international professional organizations, National Research Council of the Philippines, and the American Chemical Society. Furthermore, he serves as peer reviewer of numerous papers for international scientific journals.
The research work of Prof. Junie Billones focuses on computer-aided discovery and development of drugs including pharmacophore-based screening, molecular docking, molecular dynamics, molecular modeling of small molecules, and quantitative structure-activity relationship studies. He is also involved in spectro-electrochemical studies of coordination complexes in line with his long-standing interest in ligand effects.