ALEJANDRO, Grecebio Jonathan D.

Academic Qualifications

  • Alexander von Humboldt Fellow (2009-2010)
  • Doctor of Natural Sciences (Magna cum Laude), Universität Bayreuth – Germany
  • Master of Science (Magna cum Laude), University of Santo Tomas – Manila, Philippines
  • Bachelor of Science (Academic Excellence), Far Eastern University – Manila, Philippines

Research Highlights

  • Discovery of various novel plant taxa (genus and species levels)
  • Development of Philippine Rubiaceae Interactive Database

  • First Molecular Phylogeny of endemic genera & species of the Philippine Rubiaceae
  • Development of DNA Barcoding Database
  • Establishment of the Thomasian Angiosperm Phylogeny & Barcoding Group (TAPBG)

UST FACULTY Sci Bio - ALEJANDRO Grecebio Jonathan D (2016, Research Highlights)

Research Interests

  • Systematics & Taxonomy of Philippine Flora (esp. Rubiaceae)
  • Molecular Phylogenetics (cpDNA & nrDNA)
  • DNA Barcoding of endemic and medicinal plants
  • Collaborative studies on Phytochemistry of endemic plants

Major Recognitions

  • 2015 Gregorio Zara Achievement Award (PhilAAST)
  • 2015 Outstanding Scientific Paper Award (NAST Phil.)
  • 2014 Outstanding R&D Award for Basic Research, The Eduardo Quisumbing Medal (NAST Phil.)
  • 2013 Hall of Fame (Gawad San Lorenzo Ruiz, UST)
  • 2008 Talent Search for Young Scientist (NAST Phil.)
  • 2006 Outstanding Young Scientist (OYS) in Biology (NAST Phil.)

Professional Activities

  • President – Association of Systematic Biologists of the Philippines (ASBP) and Alexander von Humboldt Assoc. of the Philippines
  • Treasurer – Philippine Society of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology (PSBMB)
  • Section Editor – Phytotaxa International Journal
  • Associate Editor – The Antoninus Journal, UST
  • Reviewer — Taxon International Journal, Asia Life Sciences, Science Diliman Journal, Acta Manilana, Philippine Journal of Systematic Biology (PJSB), DOST-PCHRD project proposals
  • Consultant — DENR–Biodiversity Management Bureau (formerly PAWB)
  • Project Leader — DNA Barcoding for Authentication of Philippine Medicinal Plants (funded by the DOST-PCHRD)
  • Leader— Assessment & Inventory of Philippine flora in various mountains, and Biodiversity & Conservation Advocacy in collaboration with University of Antique.

Selected Publications

  • GJD Alejandro, CMM Magdaleno, JAT Pacia, LD Paraguison, KK Quiogue, AED Wong, KMR Yayen & AH. Arriola. 2014. Generic affiliations of Canthium species placed under Pyrostria group B sensu Bridson (Vanguerieae, Rubiaceae) inferred from molecular data. Botanical Studies 55: 1-8.
  • GJD Alejandro, U Meve, A Mouly, M Thiv & S Liede-Schumann. 2011. Molecular phylogeny and taxonomic revision of the Philippine endemic Villaria Rolfe (Rubiaceae). Plant Systematics & Evolution 296: 1–20. DOI 10.1007/s00606-011-0472-9
  • GJD Alejandro, U Meve, M Uy, A Mouly, M Thiv & S Liede-Schumann. 2010. Molecular support of the classification of Greeniopsis Merr. in Aleisanthieae (Rubiaceae), with a revision of the genus. Taxon 59 (5) : 1547–1564.
  • GJD Alejandro, S. Razafimandimbison, and S. Liede-Schumann. 2005. Polyphyly of Mussaenda inferred from ITS and trnT-F data and its implication for generic limits in Mussaendeae (Rubiaceae). American Journal of Botany 92(3): 544-557
  • VLD Cabelin, PJS Santor & GJD Alejandro. 2015. Evaluation of DNA barcoding efficiency of cpDNA barcodes in selected Philippine Leea L. (Vitaceae). Acta Botanica Gallica, DOI: 10.1080/12538078.2015.1092393
  • APG Macabeo, FPA Martinez, T Kurtán, L Tóth, A Mándi, S Schmidt, J Heilmann, GJD Alejandro, DG Nagle, HM Dahse, SG Franzblau. 2014. Tetrahydroxanthene-1,3(2H)-dione derivatives from Uvaria valderramensis.” Journal of Natural Products 77(12): 2711-2715.