Dr. Ben O. de Lumen is a native of the Philippines and obtained his undergraduate degree (BS in Sugar Technology – Sugar Chemistry) from the University of the Philippines at Los Banos in 1962. He did graduate studies in the US, finishing his MS (Food Science) at the University of Missouri at Columbia, MO in 1968 and his PhD in Agricultural Chemistry – Biochemistry at the University of California at Davis, CA in 1972. He worked as a senior research chemist at the Campbell Institute for Food Research, Camden, NJ for 5 years before joining the faculty at the Dept of Nutritional Science and Toxicology, University of California at Berkeley,CA in 1978, where he is a professor. Prof de Lumen is a recipient of many honors including Awardee in Science & Technology, Philippine Development Forum (2010), Outstanding Professional in Biological Sciences, University of the Philippines Alumni Association (2005), Sir Fredric McMaster Fellow, Australia (2004), Twenty Outstanding Filipino-Americans in US & Canada (2004), NSF-CGP Fellow, University of Tokyo (1996), University Fellow in Agricultural Chemistry, UC Davis (1970) and EJ Wickson Memorial Fellow in Agricultural Chemistry, UC Davis (1969). He was elected Fellow of American Association for the Advancement of Science in 2011. He is a member of several professional and honor organizations including AAAS, American Society for Cell Biology, American Association for Cancer Research, American Chemical Society, Institute of Food Technologists, Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi and Sigma Xi. He has currently 106 publications in peer-reviewed journals and 36 patents on lunasin approved in several countries. He co-founded Filgen Inc in 2000, now replaced by Narra Biosciences, LLC that has exclusive license to commercialize lunasin technology by UC Berkeley and is currently Board Chairman.  He is also an avid cyclist and tennis player.

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AICR News 2006
Antioxidant-Anti-Inflammatory BBRC 2009
Berkleyan 2001
Cancer Res 2001
Elaine Hsieh JID Paper 2004
Encyclopedia Legumes 2003
Food Chem 2009
JAFC Amaranth 2008
JAFC Anti-Inflammatory 2008
JAFC Characterization 2007
JAFC Histone Acetylation Inhibition 2007
JAFC In Vitro Digestibility 2007
JAFC Lunasin BBIC Isoflavones in Soy 2005
JAFC Solanum Nigrum 2007
JAFC Soy Cultivars 2004
JAFC Barley 2002
JAFC Lunasin in Humans 2009
JAOCS 2008
N&C Lam 2003
Nature Bio Tech 1999
Nutrition Reviews 2005
Peptides Novel Cancer 2009
Perspectives Medicine 2008
PLoS One 2010
Sexuality & Repro Bioactive 2006
Solanum Nigrum DNA 2010
Wheat Lunasin Cancerlett 2007
UCB News Release 1999
Berkleyan 2001