• The Plant Molecular Genetics Laboratory (PMG) aims to conduct genetic studies geared towards improvement of Philippine agricultural crops. Established on August 2015, PMG has already produced coconut molecular markers using Next Generation Sequencing technology. PMG is currently developing a mapping population to be utilized in coconut and palm breeding and genetic analyses through Marker-Assisted Selection and Breeding for revitalizing the Philippine coconut industry. PMG received and continues to receive funding and support from the Philippine Council for Agriculture, Aquatic and Natural Resources Research and Development and the Philippine Genome Center.

  • Ian Kendrich C. Fontanilla, Ph.D. (Head)
    Associate Professor 5, UP Scientist I
    Ph.D. Genetics
    Molecular Genetics and Phylogenetics, Malacology
    Christian John S. Robiso
    BS Agricultural Biotechnology
    Science Research Specialist I
    Maria Adelina M. Facun
    BS Molecular Biology and Biotechnology
    Science Research Specialist I
    Andrea Danna S. Camiring
    BS Agricultural Biotechnology
    Science Research Specialist I
    Ace B. Constantino
    BS Criminology (2nd year College)
    Laboratory Aide
    Edward A. Barlaan PhD. (Consultant)
    Associate Professor 2
    Ph.D. Agriculture
    Cell and Molecular Biology, Microbiology, Molecular Diagnostics, Breeding, Genetics, Agronomy, Physiology

  • Laboratory

    Quantitative Real-Time PCR (with independent control blocks)

    PCR Thermocycler(with independent control blocks)

    Genetic Analysis System for: Denaturing Gradient Gel Electrophoresis(DGGE), Temperature Gradient Gel Electrophoresis (TGGE)
    Single Strand Conformational Polymorphism (SSCP),
    Constant Denaturant Gel Electrophoresis (CDGE)

    LED Transilluminator and Gel Documentation System

    Biosafety Cabinet Level 2

    Dedicated Pipettors

    Refrigerated Microcentrifuge

    Mixers and Stirrers

    Agarose Gel Electrophoresis System

    Water Filtration System



    Analytical Balance

    pH METER

    Ultralow Freezer


  • On-Going Research Projects

    • Biomarker Development and Molecular Mapping for Coconut Genetic Improvement (DOST)