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Jj Lazaro

Paris, France


Although I'm interested in many subjects, I have only published articles in experimental pharmacology. I now spend more time writing general-interest, non-fictional articles which I intend to publish soon. Fiction I do for fun, as with editing a newsletter. I write mostly in english.

Until now, writing has just been part of the job. Aside from research, I've organized conferences, given talks, and held classes. It was probably thanks to my writing and project management skills that I came to enjoy certain assignments more than the science itself: writing the articles and letters, putting the brochures and manuals together, bouncing off and leakproofing ideas, and coordinating tasks. Science marked my writing with method and accuracy, even to a fault as I found the scholarly style rather rigid at times. But, I won't regret that. As my doctorate work entered its final stages in early 2002, I decided I wanted to be a techwriter. Joining WritersNet was a step in that direction.

My published works include (as co-author):

1. Heptyl prodigiosin, a bacterial metabolite, is antimalarial in vivo and non-mutagenic in vitro. Accepted for publication in the Journal of Natural Toxins, 2002.
2. Screening for bioactive novel compounds, in Bio-Exploitation of Filamentous Fungi (eds. Pointing, S.B. and Hyde, K.D.), Fungal Diversity Research Series 6: 93-129, 2001.
3. Pharmacokinetics of sequential and simultaneous treatment with the combination chloroquine and sulfadoxine-pyrimethamine in acute uncomplicated Plasmodium falciparum malaria in the Philippines, Tropical Medicine and International Health 7(1): 1-8, 2002.
4. The development of new antimalaria drugs by Third World countries as a problem of political choice, Cooperación Internacional 5: 25-43, 2000.
5. Identification pharmacologique des propriétés antipaludiques de substances d'extraction marine originaires des Philippines, Mémoire de DEA, Université Paris VI, France, 1999.
6. The microculture tetrazolium assay (MTA): another colorimetric method of testing Plasmodium falciparum chemosensitivity. Ann Trop Med Parasitol 93(1):31-40, 1999.
7. Plasmodium falciparum: In vitro cytotoxicity testing using MTT. Journal of Biomolecular Screening 3 (1): 49-53, 1998.
8. A bioassay for evaluating antimalarial activity and for measuring concentration in plasma. Tropical Medicine and International Health 2(10): 929-33, 1997.
9. Microculture tetrazolium assay for in vitro cytotoxicity testing of ring stages of Plasmodium falciparum. M.S. Thesis, University of the Philippines, Diliman, 76 pp., 1995
10. Antibacterial and antifungal activity demonstrated in some Philippine sponges and tunicates. Philippine Journal of Microbiology and Infectious Diseases 23 (1): 6-19, 1994.

Other information:
My mother tongue is American English.

Interests: Many. Science and technology mostly. Also, psychology, culture, philosophy and religion.

Published writer: Yes

Freelance: No