Andrian P. Gajigan

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E-mail: agajigan@hawaii.edu

Current Position: PhD candidate & Research Assistant at University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa

EDUCATION

PhD Oceanography, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, 2018-present

MS Marine Science, University of the Philippines Diliman, 2017

BS Biochemistry, cum laude, University of the Philippines Manila, 2012

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS

Research Assistant, Marine Viral Ecology Laboratory, Center for Microbial Oceanography – Research and Education, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, Jan. 2018 – present (lab website) (cmore website)

Lab Manager, Marine Molecular Biology Laboratory, Marine Science Institute, University of the Philippines Diliman, Sept. 2013 – Dec. 2017 (lab website)

Research Assistant, Marine Chemistry and Pollution Laboratory, Marine Science Institute, University of the Philippines Diliman, Feb. 2013 – Aug. 2013 (lab website)

Research and Development Chemist (Internship), Salinas (IM) Corporation, Tomas Morato, Quezon City, Philippines, Apr. 2010 – May 2010

RECOGNITIONS, GRANTS and AWARDS

Denise B. Evans Fellowship 2020-2021, School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, (~$35,000 for a year; awarded to 1-2 graduate students with outstanding research potential)

Grantee, Center for Microbiome Analysis through Island Knowledge and Investigation (C-MAIKI) #mahimicrobe2018 Graduate Research Competition, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, $1000, Nov. 2018

Achievement Scholarship for Spring 2019, Department of Oceanography, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, $1000, Oct. 2018

Student Affiliate, East-West Center, Honolulu, Hawaiʻi, January 2018 – present

Travel Fellowship, Cutting Edge Developments in RNA Biology for the Control of Gene Expression, Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology, Okinawa, Japan, November 2017

Travel Fellowship, 3rd PICES/ICES Early Career Scientist Conference, Climate, Oceans and Society: Challenges and Opportunities, Busan, Korea, May 2017

Visiting Student, Center for Microbial Oceanography Research and Education (CMORE), University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa; Host Faculty: Grieg F. Steward; Funded by the University of the Philippines COOPERATE Grant, March-April 2017

Training Fellowship, The Alfred Wegener Institute for Marine and Polar Research, Strategic Marine Alliance for Research and Training (SMART), Partnership for Observation of the Global Oceans (POGO), the Nippon Foundation and AtlantOS North South Atlantic Transect 2016 (NoSoAT 2016), Germany-South Africa, November-December 2016 (http://www.dw.com/en/the-polarsterns-journey-to-south-africa/a-36466849)

Grantee (Principal Investigator), University of the Philippines Diliman – Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research and Development Outright Research Grant, August 2016

Travel Fellowship, NTU Winter School: Introduction to Complexity Science, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, March 2016

Travel Fellowship, Croucher Summer Course: Climate Change and Marine Ecosystems, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Hong Kong, July 2015

Travel Fellowship, 9th IOC Sub-Commission for the Western Pacific (WESTPAC) International Scientific Symposium, Nha Trang, Vietnam, April 2014

10th Placer out of 642 examinees (Rating: 86.25%), Philippine Chemistry Licensure Examination 2012

FIELDWORK

Juan de Fuca Ridge Cruise, RV Atlantis, North Pacific Ocean, May 2019 (15 days)

North-South Atlantic Cruise, RV Polarstern, Germany-South Africa, Nov-Dec 2016 (30 days)

West Palawan Shelf Cruise, MV DA-BFAR, Philippines, Apr-May 2015 (15 days)

Benham Rise Cruise, MV DA-BFAR, Philippines, May 2014 (15 days)

and numerous fieldwork in coastal sites across the Philippines

MEDIA COVERAGE

Student to study viruses in red tides as National Geographic Explorer, March 2021

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5 Filipino marine scientists who are saving our seas, CNN Philippines, July 2018

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Pinoy scientists profile, June 2017

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Motivation and experiences as a marine scientist (Interview with ISIP), Dec 2016

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Young scientists on board RV Polarstern to investigate ocean, atmosphere and climate interactions, November 2016

From cold heading to warm waters, November 2016

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Complexity as a game changer: Reflections on the 2016 NTU Winter School, April 2016