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Lab Alumni


Albebson Lim

Graduate student (co-advised with Dr. Gisela P. Concepcion, Marine Science Institute, University of the Philippines, Diliman)

  • Masters thesis: Isolation and characterization of a putative novel species of Winogradskyella from a turrid, Turris babylonia

  • Current affiliation: PhD student, Department of Medicinal Chemistry, University of Utah


Kuselah Mae Tayaban

Research assistant

  • Project: DOST-PCAARRD Giant Clam Program (2018-2021)


Danielle Mae Matriano

Graduate student and project support staff

  • Masters thesis: Detection of horizontal gene transfer in the choanoflagellate Salpingoeca rosetta (May 2020)

  • Project: DOST-PCAARRD Giant Clam Program (2019-2020)

  • Current affiliation: PhD student, Multicellgenome Lab, CSIC, Barcelona


Aljon Francis Koji P. Elegado

Graduate student (co-advised with Dr. Caroline Jaraula, Marine Science Institute, University of the Philippines, Diliman)

  • Masters thesis: Benthic microbial community characterization of a shallow sea vent at a Mabini submarine groundwater discharge site (June 2020)


Exequiel Gabriel Dizon

Graduate student

  • Masters thesis: Diversity and expression of GFP-like proteins in four adult hermatypic coral species under elevated temperatures (December 2019)


Jeric Da-Anoy

Research assistant and graduate student

  • Masters thesis: Neuronal and circadian clock gene expression in thermally-challenged scleractinian corals (June 2019)

  • Project: DOST-PCAARRD Coral Genomics (2015-2017)

  • Current affiliation: PhD student, Boston University


Chiawen Chiang

Undergraduate intern and thesis student (Jul 2018-Apr 2019)

  • Undergraduate thesis: Determination of putative transcription factor homologs of scleractinian corals and their differential expression under increased temperatures at 4 and 24 hours from exposure

  • BSc Life Science, Ateneo de Manila University (Apr 2019)

  • Current affiliation: Research assistant, Institute of Oceanography, National Taiwan University


Chyrene Moncada

Graduate student

  • Masters thesis: Microbial community composition of sediments influenced by intensive mariculture activities in Bolinao, Pangasinan, Philippines (July 2018)

  • Supported by: UP OVCRD Outright Grant (2017-2018); ACUTE (in collaboration with ZMT, Germany)

  • Current affiliation: PhD student, International Max Planck Research School for Marine Microbiology, Germany


Andrian Gajigan

University research assistant and graduate student

  • Masters thesis: Metagenomics survey of the microbial community in two biogeographic regions in the Philippine archipelagic seas (May 2017)

  • Projects: International Foundation for Science (2013-2015); UP OVCRD Outright Grant (2013-2014)

  • Current affiliation: PhD student, Department of Oceanography, University of Hawaii at Manoa, USA


Robert Aguilar

Undergraduate Intern (Aug-Dec 2017)

  • BSc Molecular Biology and Biotechnology, University of the Philippines Diliman (Apr 2019)

  • Current affiliation: PhD student, Columbia University, New York


Stephanie Faith Ravelo

Graduate student

  • Masters thesis: Physiological and genetic characterization of Symbiodinium spp. from acroporid corals exposed to acute thermal challenge (May 2017)

  • Supported by: DOST-PCAARRD Coral Genomics (2014-2017)


Christine Guzman

Research assistant and graduate student

  • Projects: UP System Balik PhD (2013-2014) and EIDR (2014-2016)

  • Current affiliation: PhD student, Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology, Japan


Leomir Diaz

Graduate student

  • Masters thesis: Influence of thermal stress on a coral-associated bacterial community (February 2016)

  • Supported by: UP System ECWRG (2015-2016)


John Noel Viaña

Undergraduate intern (Sep-Nov 2012)

  • Current affiliation: PhD student at University of Tasmania, Australia; Post-doctoral Scholar, Australian National University

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