• The Molecular Population Genetics Laboratory (MPGL) focuses on molecular identification, phylogenetics, and genetic diversity analysis of natural populations of fishes and other vertebrates. The lab is also into aquaculture genetics, genetics of invasive and introduced species, and application of multivariate methods to study populations. Ongoing research projects at MPGL are as follows: (1) Genetic variations in hatchery and wild populations of milkfish; (2) Genetic traceability and DNA fingerprinting of genetically improved tilapia strains in hatchery and wild populations; (3) DNA barcoding and molecular phylogeny of Philippine halfbeaks; (4) DNA barcoding of Philippine gobies; and, (5) Genetic and morphological variations in populations of Philippine native and endemic fishes.

  • Jonas P. Quilang, Ph.D. (Head)
    Associate Professor 5, UP Scientist II
    Ph.D. Biology
    Molecular and Population Genetics, Genomics and Fish Biology
    Zubaida U. Basiao, Ph.D.
    Professor 4
    Fish Biology, Quantitative and Population Genetics, Ecology, and Conservation
    Brian S. Santos, M.Sc.
    Ambrocio Melvin A. Matias, M.Sc.
    MS Biology
    Genetics, Reef connectivity
    Vonette Joi F. Ballesteros
    Research Assistant
    Micah Teresa C. Elayda
    Research Assistant

    Rachel Joanne B. Pomer
    Research Assistant
    John Robert Orias
    Laboratory Aide

    Graduate Students:

    Rachel Joanne B. Pomer
    Marco Philip F. Serafica
    Francis Peter C. Vesagas
    Shiny Cathlynne S. Yu

  • Facilities

    Laboratory and Field Activities

  • On-Going Research Projects

    • Genetic and Morphological Variations in Hatchery and Wild Populations of Milkfish
    • Genetic Traceability and DNA Fingerprinting of Genetically Improved Tilapia Strains in Hatchery and Wild Populations
    • DNA Barcoding and Molecular Phylogeny of Philippine Catfishes
    • DNA Barcoding and Molecular Phylogeny of Philippine Halfbeaks
    • DNA Barcoding of Philippine Gobies
    • Genetic diversity of Philippine native and endemic fishes
    • Quilang JP, Yu SCS. 2014. DNA barcoding of commercially important catfishes in the Philippines. Mitochondrial DNA, doi:10.3109/19401736.2013.855897
    • Santos B.S. and Quilang J.P. 2012. Genetic diversity analysis of Arius manillensis (Siluriformes: Ariidae) using the mitochondrial control region. Mitochondrial DNA 23(2): 45-52.
    • Santos, B.S., Quilang, J.P. 2012. Geometric morphometric analysis of Arius manillensis and Arius dispar (Siluriformes: Ariidae) populations in Laguna de Bay, Philippines. Phlilippine Journal of Science. 141 (1): 1-11.
    • Santos B.S. and Quilang J.P. 2011. DNA barcoding of Arius species (Siluriformes: Ariidae) in Laguna de Bay, Philippines using the cytochrome c oxidase subunit I gene. Philippine Agricultural Scientist 94: 42-47.
    • Quilang J.P., Santos B.S., Ong P.S., Basiao Z.U., Fontanilla I.K.C., and Cao E.P. 2011. DNA Barcoding of the Philippine endemic freshwater sardine Sardinella tawilis (Clupeiformes: Clupeidae) and its marine relatives. Philippine Agricultural Scientist 94(3): 248-257.
    • Santos, B.S., Fontanilla, I.K.C., and Quilang, J.P. 2010. Geometric morphometric analysis and gill raker count variation of populations of the endemic Philippine silver perch, Leiopotherapon plumbeus (Perciformes: Terapontidae). Philippine Agricultural Scientist 93: 406-419.DNA Barcoding and Molecular Phylogeny of Philippine Catfishes