ABOUT THE LAB

Within the ocean thrives a diversity of life uniquely adapted to the challenges of a dynamic, and sometimes extreme, environment. Our research interest lies in exploring the genomic complement of marine organisms to reveal the keys to their success in various ecological niches, as well as to gain insight into the origin and evolution of animal diversity and complexity.

 

We apply next-generation sequencing and techniques in molecular biology to elucidate gene composition, expression dynamics, and the regulatory networks that control different aspects of marine life, such as developmental transitions and responses to changing ocean conditions.

 

The Marine Molecular Biology Laboratory is part of the Marine Science Institute of the University of the Philippines in Diliman. Many of our experiments are conducted at the Bolinao Marine Laboratory in Bolinao, Pangasinan. We welcome collaborations with students and experts from diverse fields.

RESEARCH INTERESTS

Gene expression dynamics

Organismal responses to stress

Transcriptome dynamics
Regulatory mechanisms

Evolution and development

Larval development

Comparative genomics
Genome evolution
Early nervous system evolution

Marine symbiosis

Symbiosis and resilience

Holobiont interactions

Microbial community diversity

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ONGOING PROJECTS

Coral resilience and adaptation (Part of the Regional Coral Restoration Networks in the Philippines and Australia Project)

The aim of this project is to enhance survival of coral larvae and recruits by selective breeding from heat-tolerant broodstock and co-culture of heat-tolerant microalgal photosymbionts. Funded by ACIAR

Development of molecular resources for enhancement of giant clam culture and rearing techniques (Part of the Giant Clam Program)

The aim of this project is to determine the effect of environmental stressors on the gene expression responses of selected reef organisms. Funded by DOST-PCAARRD

Influence of acidification on specific reef resources (Part of the Coastal Acidification Program)

The aim of this project is to determine the effect of environmental stressors on the gene expression responses of selected reef organisms. Funded by DOST-PCAARRD