Rhoda Mae C. Simora

Field of Study / Research: PhD Fisheries

Program: Fulbright - CHED Scholarship Program


Philippine Affiliation: University of the Philippines – Visayas, Iloilo City

U.S. Affiliation: Auburn University, Auburn, AL


Fields of Interest:

Fish Biotechnology, Microbial enzymes, Seafood safety, Low temperature fish handling, Antiviral genes in fish, Fatty Acids


Technical Skills:

Knowledgeable in the use of molecular and biochemical techniques specifically: spectrophotometry, enzymatic assays, polymerase chain reaction (PCR), agarose and polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis, gene sequencing, molecular cloning, handled the management of human and fish cell lines

Educational Background
  • BS Fisheries, University of the Philippines Visayas, Iloilo City (2000)
  • MS Environmental Biotechnology, Gyeongsang National University, South Korea (2005)
  • Diploma in Teaching, West Visayas State University (2008)
Professional Experience
6/2013-Present Instructor IV, Institute of Fish Processing Technology, College of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences, University of the Philippines Visayas
6/2010-5/2013 Assistant Professor, Science Department, St. Paul University Iloilo
3/2009-4/2010 Researcher, Aquatic Biotech Center, Gyeongsang National University, Korea
6/2006-2/2009 Instructor, Natural Science Department, University of Iloilo
5/2005-5/2006 Laboratory Analyst, Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Region 6
3/2003-3/2005 Teaching Assistant/M.S. Research Student, Gyeongsang National University
6/2000-2/2003 Research Assistant, University of the Philippines Visayas, Miagao, Iloilo

Professional Licenses: Licensed Fishery Technologist (October 2015); Licensed Teacher (August 2008); American Board for Certification of Teacher Excellence (May 2007)
Publications & Awards
  1. Simora, R.M.C. and Guirhem, G. 2016. Enzymatic and antimicrobial activities of lactic acid bacteria isolated from the gastrointestinal tract of rabbitfish (Siganus guttatus). Philippine Journal of Natural Science 21-1:8-17.
  2. Armada, C. and Simora, R.M.C. 2016. Isolation and identification of protease-producing Pseudomonas sp. PD14 in the gut of rabbitfish Siganus guttatus (Bloch 1787). Asian Fisheries Science 29:82-95.
  3. Simora, R.M.C., Traifalgar, R.F., Legario, F.S. 2015. Characterization of extracellular enzymes from culturable autochthonous gut bacteria in rabbitfish (Siganus guttatus). ELBA Bioflux, 7(1): 67-76.
  4. Francisco F. C., Simora R. M. C., Nuñal S. N., 2015. Deproteination and demineralization of shrimp waste using lactic acid bacteria for the production of crude chitin and chitosan. AACL Bioflux 8(1):107-115.
  5. Simora, R.M., Ohtani M., Hikima, J., Kondo, H., Hirono, I., Jung, T.S., Aoki, T. 2010. Molecular cloning and antiviral activity of IFN-B promoter stimulator-1 (IPS-1) gene in Japanese flounder, Paralichtys olivaceus. Fish and Shellfish Immunology 29:979-986.
  6. Y.S. Kim, Cerbo, R.M., C.K. Hah, K.N. Bahn, J.O. Kim, Y.L. Ha. Growth Inhibition of Osteosarcoma Cell MG-63 by a mixture of trans, trans Conjugated Linoleic Acid Isomers: Possible Mechanistic Actions. Journal of Food Science 73 (1): T7–15.
  7. Ha, Y.L., Kim, Y.S., Cerbo, R.M., Kim, T.S. 2004. Inhibition of Free Radical-Induced Lipid Oxidation by Mushroom Extracts. Journal of Korean Society of Food Science and Nutrition 33(2): 255-261.

University of the Philippines International Publication Award (2015)