Research Professor, Marine Science Institute, University of the Philippines, Quezon City, Philippines
Bioinformatics Program Director (01 Sept. 2013-30 Apr. 2017)
PhD Biology, Dalhousie University (Halifax, Canada)

Research Areas: Marine genomics, molecular genetics, and bioinformatics; phylogenetics and genetic diversity; algal and microbial biotechnology

Dr. Lluisma is a Research Professor in marine biotechnology at the UP-Marine Science Institute. Research in his laboratory is centered on genomics/molecular genetics and their applications in marine biology and biotechnology, and leverages experimental and computational approaches and tools to address fundamental as well as applied problems, particularly those relevant to the Philippine society. The research areas include genetic diversity, molecular evolution, biosynthetic pathways, and discovery and development of marine products such as drug leads and CAzymes. As Program Director for the Core Facility for Bioinformatics at the Philippine Genome Center, he also leads efforts to develop and deploy bioinformatics-oriented computational resources and services and make these accessible to the local genomics community, and to develop the facility’s research programs in selected areas of bioinformatics.

Recent Publications

Dumilag RV, Orosco FL, Lluisma AO (in press) Genetic diversity of Kappaphycus species (Gigartinales, Rhodophyta) in the Philippines. Systematics and Biodiversity (accepted 2016).

Barghi N, Concepcion GP, Olivera BM, Lluisma AO (in press) Characterization of the complete mitochondrial genome of Conus tribblei Walls, 1977. Mitochondrial DNA (accepted 2015).

Barghi N, Concepcion GP, Olivera BM, Lluisma AO (2016) Structural features of conopeptide genes inferred from partial sequences of the Conus tribblei genome. Molecular Genetics and Genomics 291(1): 411-422.
DOI 10.1007/s00438-015-1119-2

Onda DFL, Azanza RV, Lluisma AO (2015) Potential DMSP-degrading Roseobacter clade dominate endosymbiotic microflora of Pyrodinium bahamense var. compressum (Dinophyceae) in vitro. Archives of Microbiology. 197(7): 965-971.
DOI: 10.1007/s00203-015-1133-0

Barghi N, Concepcion GP, Olivera BM, Lluisma AO (2015) Comparison of the venom peptides and their expression in closely related Conus species: insights into adaptive post-speciation evolution of Conus exogenomes. Genome Biology and Evolution 7 (6): 1797-1814.

Marquez GPB, Reichardt WT, Azanza RV, Onda DFL, Lluisma AO, Montaño MNE (2015) Dominance of Hydrogenotrophic Methanogens at the Peak of Biogas Production in Thalassic Digesters. Waste and Biomass Valorization 6: 201-207
DOI: 10.1007/s12649-014-9325-4

Barghi N, Concepcion GP, Olivera BM, Lluisma AO (2015) High conopeptide diversity in Conus tribblei revealed through analysis of venom duct transcriptome using two high-throughput sequencing platforms. Marine Biotechnology 17 (1): 81-98
DOI: 10.1007/s10126-014-9595-7

Tablizo FA, Lluisma AO (2014) The mitochondrial genome of the red alga Kappaphycus striatus (“Green Sacol” variety): complete nucleotide sequence, genome structure and organization, and comparative analysis. Marine Genomics 18: 155–161
DOI: 10.1016/j.margen.2014.05.006.

Chato-Salvador, RC, Tablizo FA, Lluisma AO (2014) Non-enzymatic isolation of somatic cells from
Kappaphycus spp. and Eucheuma denticulatum (Solieriaceae, Rhodophyta). European Journal of Phycology 49(4): 486-492
DOI: 10.1080/09670262.2014.977963

Onda D, Lluisma AO, Azanza RV (2014) Development, morphological characteristics and viability of temporary cysts of Pyrodinium bahamense var. compressum (Dinophyceae) in vitro. European Journal of Phycology 49: 265-275.

Dumilag RV, Lluisma AO (2014) Resolving the phylogenetic affinities of Kappaphycus inermis within the genus Kappaphycus (Gigartinales, Solieriaceae) using mitochondrial and plastid markers. Phytotaxa 162(4): 223-231.

Dumilag RV, Liao LM, Lluisma AO (2014) Phylogeny of Betaphycus (Gigartinales, Rhodophyta) as inferred from COI sequences and morphological observations on B. philippinensis. Journal of Applied Phycology, 26(1): 587-595.

Reichardt WT, Reyes JM, Pueblos MJ, Lluisma AO (2013) Impact of milkfish farming in the tropics on potentially pathogenic vibrios. Marine Pollution Bulletin 77:325-332.

Tayco CC, Tablizo FA, Regalia RS, Lluisma AO (2013) Characterization of a κ-Carrageenase-producing marine bacterium, Isolate ALAB-001. Philippine Journal of Science 142: 45-54.

Onda DFL, Benico G, Sulit AF, Gaite PL, Azanza RV, and Lluisma AO (2013) Morphological and molecular characterization of some HAB-forming dinoflagellates from Philippine waters. Philippine Science Letters 6(1): 97-106.

Malonzo MH, Ravago-Gotanco RG, Lluisma AO (2013) Effects of migration patterns on estimates of dispersal rates inferred from genotypic data: a simulation based study focused on the software STRUCTURE (Short Communication). Philippine Science Letters 6 (1) .

Olivera BM, Watkins M, Bandyopadhyay P, Imperial JS, de la Cotera EPH, Aguilar MB, Vera EL, Concepcion GP, and Lluisma A. (2012) Adaptive radiation of venomous marine snail lineages and the accelerated evolution of venom peptide genes. Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences, 1267: 61–70.

Lluisma AO, Milash BA, Moore B, Olivera BM, Bandyopadhyay PK (2012) Novel venom peptides from the cone snail Conus pulicarius discovered through next-generation sequencing of its venom duct transcriptome. Marine Genomics 5: 43–51.

For more on A.O. Lluisma’s publications, see his Google Scholar Citations.