Krystle Angelique Santiago

Post Doctoral Fellow
School of Science

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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.


  • Doctor of Philosophy, Monash University Malaysia, 2020
  • Masters of Science in Microbiology, University of Santo Tomas (Philippines), 2011
  • Bachelor of Science in Microbiology, University of Santo Tomas (Philippines), 2009


Applied mycology, lichenology, natural products

Research Interests

Applied mycology, lichenology, natural products

Scholarly Journals

Santiago KAA, Edrada-Ebel R, dela Cruz TEE, Cheow YL, Ting ASY. 2021. Biodiscovery of potential antibacterial diagnostic metabolites from the endolichenic fungus Xylaria venustula using LC-MS-based metabolomics. Biology mdpi (in press)

  1. Tropical Medicine & Biology Multidisciplinary Platform Seed Grant (2018) (Monash University Malaysia, RM15,000)
  2. Nagao Natural Environment Foundation Grant (2018) (Midori, Tokyo, Japan, JPY500,000)

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Professional Association

Member of Professional Bodies

  • Associate Member, National Research Council of the Philippines (2011 - present)
  • Member, Asian Association for Biology Education (2014 - 2016)
  • Board Member, Mycological Society of the Philippines (2015 - 2016)
  • Member, Mycological Society of the Philippines (2008 - present)
  • NCR Representative, Mycological Society of the Philippines (2014 - 2015)
  • Member, Philippine Society for Microbiology, Inc. (2008 - present)
  • Member, Biology Teachers Association of the Philippines, Inc. (2014 - present)


  • Best Graduate Research Student Award 2018 (Monash University Malaysia)
  • 3MT People’s Choice Award (2018) Campus Finals (Monash University Malaysia)
  • 3MT Wild Card Round Finalist (2018) (Monash University Clayton, Australia)