Kenneth and Dan are both new PhD candidates from the Philippines that recently joined the MECOH laboratory.
Kenneth obtained his MSc in Biology at the De La Salle University - Manila, where he worked on nontuberculous mycobacteria isolated from patients with multidrug-resistant pulmonary tuberculosis (MDR TB). He has been part of research projects which revolved around tuberculosis, HIV, and dengue. For his future research projects, he plans to explore on the acquisition and mechanism of antimicrobial resistance genes (ARGs) in both clinical and environmental bacterial strains.
Dan finished his Master`s degree in Genetics minor in Molecular Biology and Biotechnology at the University of the Philippines - Los Baños (UPLB). He worked as Research Assistant and Associate Researcher at Southeast Asian Fisheries Development Center / Aquaculture Department (SEAFDEC/AQD) in the Philippines for 7 years. His research experiences include aquaculture, fish health and fish genetics. For his future research projects, he plans to explore the applications of DNA metabarcoding, population genomics and transcriptomics for the conservation and management of aquatic resources.