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Marine Ecology Research Centre

Roselyn V Regino

B.S. Pharmacy
MSc Chemistry
PhD student

Research Summary

Roselyn V ReginoRoselyn Regino finished her undergraduate degree at the Centro Escolar University in Manila, Philippines. Her master's degree was completed at the Ateneo de Davao University in the southern part of the Philippines. She came to Southern Cross University last August 2013 under the auspices of the Australia Awards Scholarship. Her PhD research is to investigate of the effects of climate change on the biosynthesis of the biologically active secondary metabolites that can be extracted from the hypobranchial gland of the Australian whelk, Dicathais orbita, through the application of secondary metabolite finger-printing techniques. D. orbita, a long-lived gastropod, is a source of the highly expensive Tyrian purple popularly used as a dye by the ancient kings and emperors. The snail also secretes secondary metabolites which have applications as antibiotic, antiparasitic, antiviral and anticancer agents. The manipulative experiments that will explore the impacts of elevated temperature and low pH of the seawater will be conducted in the National Marine Science Centre in Coffs Harbour.

Supervisors: Dr. Kirsten Benkendorff and Dr. Lachlan Yee