Who We Are & What We Do

Technology Class

GradMAP was founded on the belief that STEM careers and educational opportunities should be more accessible to everyone, including Filipinos. We believe that there are many talented and motivated students in the Philippines who’d make wonderful scientists and STEM professionals but are limited by the lack of resources and guidance.


We aim to bridge this gap by providing one-on-one mentorship, pairing students with experienced mentors in their respective fields. Mentors provide support, encouragement, and insights into the graduate school application process, as well as help polish application materials. In doing so, we hope to increase the pipeline of Filipino students pursuing graduate studies, and concurrently, build a global community of Filipino scientists to support and celebrate each other.

Our Strategy

Build a network of mentors

who can provide personalized

assistance to mentees

Develop and disseminate

free materials about STEM careers

Share stories of STEM students and professionals and their journeys to graduate school

Meet the Team

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Christina Lora Leyson

Community and Monitoring

PhD in Infectious Diseases

University of Georgia

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Robert Aguilar

Community and Monitoring

PhD in Biological Sciences

Columbia University

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Michelle Acoba

Training and Resources

PhD in Cellular and

Molecular Physiology

Johns Hopkins University


Lorenzo Sabug, Jr.


PhD in Information Technology

Polytechnic University of Milan


John Mark Christian
dela Cruz


PhD in Chemistry

University of Szeged


Alicia Robang

Community and Monitoring

PhD in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

Georgia Institute of Technology


Paul delos Trinos

Community and Monitoring

PhD in Public Health

University of New South Wales

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Romar Angelo Avila

Training and Resources

PhD in Inorganic Materials Science

University of Twente

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Herdeline Ann Ardoña

Training and Resources

Assistant Professor in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

University of California, Irvine


Henson Lee Yu


Postdoctoral Researcher in Chemical Pathology

Chinese University of Hong Kong

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Carlo David Cristobal

Co-Founder and Chair

Training & Resources

PhD in Integrative Molecular and Biomedical Sciences

Baylor College of Medicine

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Antoni Andreu Martija



PhD in Biosciences

German Cancer Research Center


Weaverly Colleen Lee



PhD in Biology

Stanford University


Louise Mari Bautista


Community and Monitoring

MPhil in Bioscience Enterprise

Cambridge University