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Krystle Angelique Santiago joined Monash University Malaysia as a Research Fellow in January 2021. She earned her degree from the same university in June 2020. Her PhD focused on the diversity and biological properties of the lichen Usnea from Malaysia and the Philippines, and their associated endolichenic fungi. She also worked on metabolomics technology to identify the metabolic profiles of these organisms. Krystle has a strong interest in identifying biomarkers from fungi against infectious diseases and  agricultural diseases using metabolomics. Currently, she is working on the metabolomics analyses of Ganoderma-oil palm interactions, which is one of the current challenges on oil palm plantations in Malaysia.

Research interests

Dr. Krystle Angelique Santiago has a strong passion in applied Mycology, particularly in discovering bio active secondary metabolites. She also has strong interest in the diversity, conservation and biological properties of the fruticose lichen Usnea. Dr. Santiago has recently embarked to the metabolomics approach of studying valuable metabolites from the fungus Ganoderma, in the hope of identifying bio markers involved in the basal stem rot disease known in oil palm trees.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being

Education/Academic qualification

Microbiology, Masters of Science, University of Santo Tomas

Award Date: 29 Mar 2011

Microbiology, Bachelor of Science, University of Santo Tomas

Award Date: 30 Mar 2009

Research area keywords

  • Applied mycology
  • lichenology
  • Natural products
  • Biodiscovery

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