Lourdes J. Cruz
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Lourdes J. Cruz is a Filipino biochemist whose research has contributed to the understanding of the biochemistry of toxic peptides from the venom of fish-hunting Conus marine snails. The characterization of over 50 biologically active peptides from the snail's venom had been made possible, in part, by her studies.
She has also contributed to the development of conotoxins as tools for examining the activity of the human brain. For instance, w-conotoxin (widely used for studying neutral calcium channels) and m-conotoxin (used when muscular activity must be controlled to examine events at the synapse).
- NAST Outstanding Young Scientist Award, (1981)
- NRCP Achievement Award in Chemistry (1982)
- L'Oréal-UNESCO Award for Women in Science (2010)
- Outstanding Women in the Nation's Services Award (Bio-chemistry).[vague]