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University of Santo Tomas Collection of Microbial Strains


The University of Santo Tomas Collection of Microbial Strains (USTCMS) offers a unique collection of indigenous, clinical and biotechnological microbial strains. It maintains locally isolated marine luminous bacteria, clinical bacterial isolates, filamentous fungi and yeasts of terrestrial and marine origin, microalgae and Streptomyces. Formally established in 2003 with the launching of its first edition catalogue, it is presently located at the 3rd floor of the Research Center for the Natural and Applied Sciences, Thomas Aquinas Research Complex, University of Santo Tomas in Manila. In 2004, the UST CMS joined the Philippine Network of Microbial Culture Collections (PNMCC). The USTCMS also offers other microbiological services such as food and water analysis and antimicrobial assays to students, researchers, and academicians. It provides training courses and seminar-workshops to local community engaged in the utilization of microorganisms and microbiological processes. It likewise offers consultation services in the field of microbiology to the UST collegiate and medical communities as well as interested parties from the Philippine private and public education sectors. At present, USTCMS is a proud member of the World Federation of Culture Collections (WFCC) and Asian Consortium for the Conservation and Sustainable Use of Microbial Resources (ACM).


  • Deposit: Organisms to be deposited shall be assessed by the curator and/or assistant curator/s before acceptance of microbial strain/s. A description of the organism including taxon, history, isolation information, growth conditions should be provided by the depositor. The depositor should have a duplicate culture when depositing microbial strain/s and USTCMS shall have the right to use/distribute microbial strains for advancement of science and technology.
  • Distribution: The UST Collection of Microbial Strains (USTCMS) under the Research Center for the Natural and Applied Sciences of University of Santo Tomas will provide the following microbial culture to the Recipient subject to the Terms and Conditions and compliance of supporting documents. The microbial culture requested is to be used by the recipient solely for ACADEMIC or RESEARCH PURPOSES at the recipient’s Institution only. The microbial culture should not be used for commercial purposes and/or for work with human and animal subjects. The recipient assumes the responsibility for the proper handling, storage, and disposal of the microbial culture. The recipient also understands the risks involved in handling microorganisms and should follow the proper guidelines as necessary.
  • Testing: - ID Bacteria (API and other Biochemical tests)- ID Yeast (API)- ID Fungi (API)- ID Fungi (up to Genus level)- Antimicrobial Assay (Disc Diffusion Assay)

Type of microorganisms or biomaterials in collection

  • Bacteria
  • Filamentous fungi and mushrooms
  • Yeasts



  • Collection name: University of Santo Tomas Collection of Microbial Strains
  • Collection name: USTCMS
  • Institute: University of Santo Tomas
  • Tel: +632 406-1611 loc. 4043
  • Email: ustcms@yahoo.com.ph
  • Website: https://ustcms.webs.com/

  • Head of collection
  • Name: GINA R. DEDELES, Ph.D
  • Position: CURATOR
  • Email: grdedeles@yahoo.com