Aldrin Lugena

Graduate Student
Merlin Lab

Email: alugena@bio.tamu.edu

Education

  • B.S. Chemistry, University of the Philippines Diliman, Philippines. 2002
  • M.S. Biology, Texas A&M University. 2013
  • Ph.D. Biology, In Progress, Texas A&M University.

Awards

  • 2020 The Roozbeh Arianpour Endowed Memorial Scholarship, Department of Biology, Texas A&M University.
  • 2020 Trainee merit award, International Society for Research on Biological Rhythms.
  • 2020 Student travel award, Department of Biology, Texas A&M University.
  • Bioinformatic
  • Circadian rhythms
  • Epigenetics
  • Gene regulation
  • Genomics
  • Molecular biology

Publications:

Merlin C, Iiams SE, Lugena AB. Monarch Butterfly Migration Moving into the Genetic Era. Trends Genet. 2020;36(9):689-701. doi:10.1016/j.tig.2020.06.011

Iiams SE, Lugena AB, Zhang Y, Hayden AN, Merlin C. Photoperiodic and clock regulation of the vitamin A pathway in the brain mediates seasonal responsiveness in the monarch butterfly. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2019;116(50):25214-25221. doi:10.1073/pnas.1913915116

Lugena AB, Zhang Y, Menet JS, Merlin C. Genome-wide discovery of the daily transcriptome, DNA regulatory elements and transcription factor occupancy in the monarch butterfly brain. PLoS Genet. 2019;15(7):e1008265. Published 2019 Jul 23. doi:10.1371/journal.pgen.1008265

Presentations:

2020 Poster presentation, International Society for Research on Biological Rhythms Virtual Meeting.
Aldrin B. Lugena and Christine Merlin. “Epigenetic switch of seasonal flight orientation in migratory monarch butterflies”.

2020 Oral presentation, Life Sciences Symposium, Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas. “Epigenetic basis of seasonal migration”.

2019 Poster presentation, Student/Postdoc Research Conference, Department of Biology, Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas.
Aldrin B. Lugena, Ying Zhang, Jerome S. Menet and Christine Merlin. “Genome-wide discovery of the daily transcriptome, DNA regulatory elements and transcription factor occupancy in the monarch butterfly brain”.

2019 Poster presentation, Texas Society for Circadian Biology and Medicine Meeting, Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas.
Aldrin B. Lugena, Ying Zhang, Jerome S. Menet and Christine Merlin. “Genome-wide discovery of the daily transcriptome, DNA regulatory elements and transcription factor occupancy in the monarch butterfly brain”.

2018 Poster presentation, Student/Postdoc Research Conference, Department of Biology, Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas.
Aldrin B. Lugena, Ying Zhang, Jerome S. Menet and Christine Merlin. “Genome-wide discovery of the daily transcriptome, cis-regulatory elements and transcription factor footprints in the monarch butterfly brain”.

2018 Poster presentation, International Society for Research on Biological Rhythms Meeting, Amelia Island, Florida.
Aldrin B. Lugena, Ying Zhang, Jerome S. Menet and Christine Merlin. “Genome-wide discovery of daily transcriptome, cis-regulatory elements and transcription factor footprints in the monarch butterfly brain”.

2018 Poster presentation, Texas Society for Circadian Biology and Medicine Meeting, UT Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas, Texas.
Aldrin B. Lugena, Ying Zhang, Jerome S. Menet and Christine Merlin. “Genome-wide discovery of daily transcriptome, cis-regulatory elements and transcription factor footprints in the monarch butterfly brain”.

2017 Poster presentation, Student/Postdoc Research Conference, Department of Biology, Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas.
Aldrin B. Lugena, Ying Zhang, Jerome S. Menet and Christine Merlin. “Identification of clock-controlled genes and their regulation in the brains of monarch butterfly by RNA-Seq and ATAC-Seq open chromatin profiling”.