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M.Sc. Biology

Mr. Rhoniel Ryan J. Ymbong graduated with Master’s (2017) and Bachelor’s (2011) degrees in Biology from the University of San Carlos (USC), enjoying the privileges as a scholar of the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) (Thesis Grant) and the Department of Science and Technology–Science Education Institute (DOST-SEI), respectively. He was one of the few young professionals in the Philippines to be invited for the first forum on Future Science Leaders by the National Academy for Science and Technology in 2016. He was awarded for outstanding service and commitment by Modern Education for Teachers (MET) Review LET Specialist in 2023. Additionally, he won the Most Ready to Publish Paper Award given by both the Philippine and Asia Pacific Association of Medical Journal Editors in 2020 and the Best Paper Award during the 2 nd Recoletos National Research Congress in 2018. He went to the Institut Pasteur in Paris, France in 2018 as part of a research collaboration to discuss pertinent research results and learn some techniques in mosquito studies from the leading Mosquito Biologist, Virologists and Epidemiologist of the world.
Mr. Ymbong started his teaching career as an undergraduate instructor of University of San Jose–Recoletos from 2013 to 2018 teaching major courses in Biology (Ecology, Entomology, Microbial Genetics, etc.). He went on to teach as an undergraduate and graduate instructor of the University of San Carlos in 2019 and 2021, teaching Microbial Genetics and Medical Entomology, respectively. He worked as a University Researcher under the Mosquito Research Laboratory (MRL) of USC from 2017 to 2022. He has provided services as a research consultant, adviser and panel member to countless student researchers of different schools across the Philippines. He specializes in mosquito research, ecological field sampling techniques, and has a background in molecular biology techniques and Population Genetics among others. Before his career in the academe, he worked in the industry as a laboratory analyst for two years where he honed his skills in microbiological examinations for water and food samples.
Aside from his teaching responsibilities, Mr. Ymbong is also actively engaged in research centered on dengue studies in the Philippines. His first research project involvement was in 2015-2017 with the project on the ‘’Burden and economic cost associated with health system congestion in dengue outbreak in the Philippines”, a project funded by Brandeis University, USA with Sanofi Pasteur, France. He then become a part of the DOST-Philippine Council for Health Research and Development (PCHRD) funded project on the “Phenotypic and genetic adaptation of Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus to hot or cold conditions in the Philippines” under the Aedes Genome Program from 2017-2020; a collaborative research project of USC, University of the Philippines-Diliman, and Institut Pasteur in Paris, France. The project focused on 1) the development-related phenotypes of Ae. aegypti and Ae. albopictus as affected by factors such as temperature, season and latitude; 2) characterization of new microsatellite markers for Ae. aegypti; Rhoniel Ryan J. Ymbong, M.Sc. Professional Biography Page 1 of 2 and 3) population genetic study of Ae. aegypti across the three Philippine island groups. He was also a part of a research project on the seasonal detection of selected arboviruses (dengue viruses, chikungunya virus and Zika virus) in Ae. albopictus of Cebu city, another DOST-PCHRD funded project from 2020-2022. He has published several papers on mosquito vector studies in peer-reviewed, Scopus-indexed international journals. He has presented his works on numerous national and international scientific conferences and consortia including paper presentations in Institut Pasteur, Paris, France, Asian Graduate Studies Summit, BIOTA Philippines Annual National Convention to name a few. Currently, he is a permanent faculty under the Biology Department of the College of Computing, Artificial Intelligence and Sciences and is the Chair of the CNU Ethics Review Committee.

Publication for the last five years:

Research papers:

Edillo, F., Ymbong, R.R., Navarro, A.O., Cabahug, M.M., Saavedra, K. 2024. Detecting the impacts of
humidity, rainfall, temperature, and season on chikungunya, dengue and Zika viruses in Aedes
albopictus mosquitoes from selected sites in Cebu city, Philippines. Virology Journal. Vol. 21 (42).

Edillo F, Ymbong RR, Cabahug MM, Labiros D, Suycano MW, Lambrechts L, & Sakuntabhai A. 2022.
Yearly variations of the genetic structure of Aedes aegypti (Linnaeus) (Diptera: Culicidae) in the
Philippines (2017-2019). Infection, genetics and evolution: journal of molecular epidemiology and
evolutionary genetics in infectious diseases, 102, 105296.

Edillo FE, Ymbong RR, Bolneo AA, Hernandez RJ, Fuentes BL, Cortes G, Cabrera J, Lazaro JE,
Sakuntabhai A. 2022. Temperature, season, and latitude influence development-related phenotypes of
Philippine Aedes aegypti (Linnaeus): Implications for dengue control amidst global warming. Parasites
Vectors. Vol. 15(74).

Labiros DA, Catalig AM, Ymbong RR, Sakuntabhai A, Lluisma AO, Edillo FE. 2022. Novel and Broadly
Applicable Microsatellite Markers in Identified Chromosomes of the Philippine Dengue
Mosquitoes, Aedes aegypti (Diptera: Culicidae). Journal of Medical Entomology. Vol. 59 (2):

Book Chapter:

Alcoriza J, Bernardo A, Padilla EJ, Resuello IJ, Esmane K, Ectobanez MA, Ymbong, RR, Deganos A,
Hernandez PJ, Carolino W, Reyes E, sagun MLJ, Calayag NA, Terogo IJ, Moral Jr. F. My LET
Companion Skill Book: Licensure Examination for Teachers Practice Test. NRS Ent., Quezon city,
Philippines. 2023. ISBN: 978-621-96074-2-1.

Alcoriza J, Esmane K, Ectobanez MA, Hernandez PH, Padilla EJ, Reyes E, Sagun MLJ, Terogo IJ,
Urgena JN, and Ymbong RR. Natural Science. In: MET – LEPT Reviewer: The Better Normal Edition.
NRS Ent., Quezon city, Philippines. Pp. 156-194. 2021. ISBN: 978-971-9908-25-8.