NEWS | Past & Present Members

02 March 2021

Andrea Salvador is first author of a review published yesterday in Nature Reviews Immunology, entitled "Neuromodulation by the immune system: a focus on cytokines". Andrea is currently doing her PhD at the University of Virginia.

 

01 March 2021

Dr. Dennis Sacdalan's paper entitled "Clinicopathologic Factors Associated with Mismatch Repair Status Among Filipino Patients with Young-Onset Colorectal Cancer" is out today in Cancer Management and Research.

 

25 February 2021

Krizelle Alcantara, was a speaker at the 4th Annual GENE THERAPY FOR RARE DISORDERS Conference in the US (Feb 22-25, 2021; 100% Digital this year because of the pandemic). Krizelle is currently with the Center for Gene Therapy of the Abigail Wexner Research Institute at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio, USA.

24 February 2021

Vince Arafiles is first author of a paper published today in Angewandte Chemie (A Journal of the German Chemical Society), entitled "Discovery of a Macropinocytosis‐Inducing Peptide Potentiated by Medium‐Mediated Intramolecular Disulfide Formation". Vince will soon be moving from Kyoto to Berlin to take up a postdoctoral fellowship. 

20 February 2021

 

Neos Cruz has been offered a scholarship in the MSc/PhD program of the International Max Planck Research School for Molecular Biology in Gottingen, Germany. No final decision yet from Neos though since he is also shortlisted for various other scholarships.

18 February 2021

Liezel Tamon is co-author of a paper published today in Angewandte Chemie (A Journal of the German Chemical Society), entitled "Thermal and pH stabilities of i‐DNA: confronting in vitro experiments with models and in‐cell NMR data". Liezel is currently doing her PhD at Oxford University. 

 

27 January 2021

Andrea Salvador is co-author of a paper published in CELL: "Functional characterization of the dural sinuses as a neuroimmune interface". Andrea is doing her PhD at the University of Virginia. 

January 27 2021

Brandon Sy's review entitled "Small RNA Regulation of Virulence in Pathogenic Escherichia coli" was published today in Frontiers in Cellular and Infection Microbiology. Brandon is currently doing his postdoc at the University of New South Wales. 

 

24 December 2020

Lorenz Chua is co-first author of another paper on COVID-19 published in Nature Biotechnology. Lorenz is currently in Berlin doing his PhD. Check out the paper via this link: "Hypertension delays viral clearance and exacerbates airway hyperinflammation in patients with COVID-19".

 

11 December 2020

Carlo Cristobal is first author of a paper in Journal of Cell Science, entitled "Daam2 couples translocation and clustering of Wnt receptor signalosomes through Rac1". Carlo is currently a PhD student at Baylor College of Medicine. The paper is now online, published ahead of print. 

 

03 December 2020

Kenneth Anthony Roquid is co-author of a paper published in JCI (Journal of Clinical Investigation) Insight, entitled "Disturbed flow–induced Gs-mediated signaling protects against endothelial inflammation and atherosclerosis". Kenneth is currently doing his PhD at the Max Planck Institute for Heart and Lung Research in Germany.

 

30 November 2020

Lorenz Chua, currently doing his PhD in Berlin, is co-author of a paper published today in Nature Neuroscience, entitled "Olfactory transmucosal SARS-CoV-2 invasion as a port of central nervous system entry in individuals with COVID-19", 

 

20 November 2020

Arlou Angeles, currently doing her postdoc at DKFZ in Heidelberg, is co-author of a paper entitled "Longitudinal therapy monitoring of ALK-positive lung cancer by combined copy number and targeted mutation profiling of cell-free DNA", now online ahead of print in EBioMedicine (published by The Lancet). 

 

06 November 2020

Dennis Lee Sacdalan, MD, is senior author of a review article published this week in the journal Medical Oncology: "Beyond bevacizumab: a review of targeted agents in metastatic small bowel adenocarcinoma".

 

28 October 2020

Krizelle Alcantara just gave a presentation at the 4th Annual Gene Therapy for Rare Diseases (Europe) Conference. The lab is proud that Krizelle is able to do pioneering work on gene therapy of neurofibromatosis 2 (NF2) with their team at Ohio State University. As both NF2 researcher and NF2 patient, Krizelle's sense of mission and rectitude of intention are unquestionable and awe-inspiring. She has pursued NF2 research from her BSc and MSc theses in our lab through to her current work in the US. Her mission is to #EndNF2.

21 October 2020

Dr. Dennis Sacdalan, who is an oncologist finishing up his PhD in the lab, is senior author of a paper entitled "Patterns of Biomarker Use in Cancer Treatment Among Medical Oncologists in the Philippines", published in JCO Global Oncology. 

 

19 October 2020

Rey Garcia, principal investigator of the laboratory, was awarded a University of the Philippines Centennial Professorial Chair.

13 October 2020

Joseph Neos Cruz left the lab to do a 10-month research internship at the University of Lubeck in Germany. He will be joining a research group working on X-linked Dystonia Parkinsonism.

 

09 October 2020

 

Liezel Tamon, currently doing her PhD at Oxford University, is co-author of a paper entitled "RNF40 exerts stage-dependent functions in differentiating osteoblasts and is essential for bone cell crosstalk", published in CELL DEATH AND DIFFERENTIATION. This is from her MSc work back in IMPRS Gottingen.

02 October 2020

Pao Aguilar MD (currently also an MSc student in the lab) passed the physician licensure examinations (medical boards). Congratulations!

30 September 2020

 

Carlo Cristobal, currently doing his PhD at Baylor College of Medicine, is co-first author of a paper recently published in Biomaterials: "Self-assembling multidomain peptide hydrogels accelerate peripheral nerve regeneration after crush injury".

25 September 2020

 

Brandon Sy, PhD, recently published a paper out of his PhD thesis at the University of New South Wales, in PNAS. Click on this title to access the link: "Early termination of the Shiga toxin transcript generates a regulatory small RNA".

15 September 2020

Andrea Salvador, currently doing her PhD at the University of Virginia,  is co-author of a paper published in Nature Immunology. Click on this title to access the link: "Meningeal γδ T cells regulate anxiety-like behavior via IL-17a signaling in neurons". 

13 September 2020

Vince Arafiles, PhD,  is co-author of a review article published recently in Chemistry Letters. Click on this title to access the link: "Peptide-assisted Intracellular Delivery of Biomacromolecules". 

10 September 2020

Arman Ghodsinia finished his MSc in Radiation Biology at the MRC Oxford Institute for Radiation Oncology, Department of Oncology, University of Oxford, WITH DISTINCTION. Arman was a recipient of the prestigious Chevening scholarship while at Oxford.

8 September 2020

Anton Garrido successfully defended his MSc thesis entitled "Phenotypic characterization of the novel PTEN mutants Q171R and Y65S identified from Filipino colorectal cancer patients". He will soon take up his PhD scholarship at the University of Nevada in Las Vegas.

4 September 2020

Three former members of the lab recently finished their graduate studies: Vince Arafiles, PhD in Pharmaceutical Sciences from Kyoto University; Andrea Ong, MPhil in Bioscience Enterprise from the University of Cambridge; and Abi Hilario, Master's in Biotechnology at the University of Queensland.

1 September 2020

Carlo Cristobal, currently doing his PhD at Baylor College of Medicine, is co-author of a paper recently published in Genes & Development. Click on this title to access the link: "The Daam2-VHL-Nedd4 axis governs developmental and regenerative oligodendrocyte differentiation". 

17 August 2020

Arlou Angeles, Dr. rer. nat., recently published a paper from her PhD thesis at DKFZ (German Cancer Research Center, Heidelberg) in the journal Molecular Cancer Research. Click on this title to access the link: "The ERG-Regulated LINC00920 Promotes Prostate Cancer Cell Survival via the 14-3-3ε–FOXO Pathway"

 

16 August 2020

 

Nori Galang left the laboratory to take up an MSc scholarship at Radboud University in the Netherlands. Earlier, another member of the lab, Kim Quililan, also left to take up a research internship at the Center for Genomic Regulation in Barcelona. Kim will start her MSc/PhD in September at the International Max Planck Research School for Molecular Biology in Goettingen, Germany. 

21 July 2020

Ryan Lim and Chloe Borromeo graduated valedictorian and salutatorian of MBB Class of 2020, respectively. Ryan is also the batch valedictorian of the College of Science.

14 July 2020

Tiffany Ong recently published a paper out of her MSc thesis at the National University of Singapore in the journal Frontiers in Bioengineering and Biotechnology. Click on this title to access the link: "pHLuc, a Ratiometric Luminescent Reporter for in vivo Monitoring of Tumor Acidosis". 

3 July 2020

Ryan Yu's paper is out today in Scientific Reports. This work was Ryan's undergraduate thesis which he continued working on while working as an RA in the lab. Click on this title to access the link: "NRAS mutant E132K identifed in young‑onset sporadic colorectal cancer and the canonical mutants G12D and Q61K affect distinct oncogenic phenotypes". A blog-type summary for the Nature Research Cancer Community accompanies the article. Kindly click on this title to access the link: "Delineating the differential phenotypic readouts of novel and canonical colorectal cancer NRAS and KRAS mutants". 

26 June 2020

Lorenz Chua, who is currently a PhD student in Berlin, is  first among co-first authors in a COVID-19 paper published in Nature Biotechnology. Click on this title to access the link: "COVID-19 severity correlates with airway epithelium–immune cell interactions identified by single-cell analysis".

May 2020

Brandon Sy, PhD, is co-author in a paper published recently in eLife entitled "Hfq CLASH uncovers sRNA-target interaction networks linked to nutrient availability adaptation". Brandon is currently a postdoc at the University of New South Wales.

30 April 2020

The paper of Arman Ghodsinia and J-Ann Lego is out today in Cells. The paper started as Arman's undergraduate thesis which he continued working on while working as an RA in the lab. Click on this title to access the link: "Mutation-Associated Phenotypic Heterogeneity in Novel and Canonical PIK3CA Helical and Kinase Domain Mutants".

9 April 2020

Lorenz Chua is co-first author in a COVID-19 paper published in The EMBO Journal. Lorenz is currently doing his PhD at Charite and the Berlin Institute of Health. Click on this title to access the link: "SARS-CoV-2 receptor ACE2 and TMPRSS2 are primarily expressed in bronchial transient secretory cells."

 

5 February 2020

 

Vince Arafiles, currently a final year PhD student at Kyoto University, is first author of a paper published recently in Bioconjugate Chemistry. Click on this title to access the link: "Stimulating Macropinocytosis for Intracellular Nucleic Acid and Protein Delivery: A Combined Strategy with Membrane-Lytic Peptides To Facilitate Endosomal Escape".

1 February 2020

The paper of Kenneth Anthony Roquid and Krizelle Alcantara, entitled "Identification and validation of mRNA 3'untranslated regions of DNMT3B and TET3 as novel competing endogenous RNAs of the tumor suppressor PTEN", is out now in the Feb 2020 issue of the International Journal of Oncology. This paper started as Kenneth's undergraduate thesis in the lab, which he continued working on for his MSc thesis. 

March-May 2020

While the university and the entire Metro Manila were on lockdown, 11 members of the laboratory volunteered to help with RT-qPCR/COVID-19 testing: Marlon Echavez, Day Olivar-Echavez, and JM Sytangco at the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine; Jolo Ferrer, Mickai Leano, Allen de Borja, Josh Danac, Neos Cruz, and Nori Galang at the Lung Center of the Philippines; Avvin Pelovello at the UP National Institutes of Health; and J-Ann Lego at the Philippine Genome Center. Other members of the laboratory led by Josh Danac and Isay Viola, also helped with mapping and loaning out of qPCR machines to laboratories, mobilization of testing volunteers, donation and information campaigns, and procurement. The lab also made available to the Lung Center of the Philippines many pieces of equipment, lab consumables and reagents: from qPCR machine, biosafety cabinet, centrifuge, pipette sets, multichannel pipettors; through  to filtered tips, PCR plates, and other items.