Angelica Rea



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Maria Angelica “Angel” D. Rea is a current Ph.D. student at the University of Adelaide in the Microbes and Heavy Metal Group (MHMG) under the supervision of Dr. Frank Reith. Angel’s work focuses on the biofilm communities involved in Au (trans)formation from Switzerland, Germany, UK and the Philippines and look at the mobility of Au in the environment. This is essential to understand Au cycling on a global scale and develop a quantitative model of Au mobility for applications in Au biomining technologies. She obtained B.Sc. Biology (Cum Laude, 2009) at the Philippine Normal University and M. Sc. in Biological Sciences (Cum Laude, 2014) at the University of Santo Tomas in Manila, Philippines. During her undergraduate, she was awarded College of Science Laurel Award for Academic Proficiency as the 6th student with the highest GPA in the science program of the university. She is also a recipient of the Department of Science and Technology – National Science Consortium (DOST-NSC) graduate scholarship grant during her graduate studies at UST. Her graduate research on the myxomycetes associated with the ultramafic and volcanic soils is one of the very few studies on these microorganisms in the Philippines and the first study in the country to look at the potential application of myxomycetes in the biosorption of heavy metals. Ms. Rea was a former instructor at the College of Science, University of Santo Tomas where she teaches undergraduate courses in Biology. Previously, Ms. Rea also worked as a secondary school teacher and a science coordinator at the Don Bosco School – Manila where she supervised science teachers in designing curriculum, facilitating classes and constructing formal and non-formal assessment tools.



  • D in Sciences (cand.), in Geomicrobiology and Molecular & Cellular Biology, University of Adelaide, Australia, 2014-present
    • Thesis topic: Geomicrobiological cycling of gold: (trans)formation of gold in temperate and tropical environments
    • Proficient in operating Quanta450 SEM, FIB-SEM Helios Nanolab, Cameca Microprobe SXFive, and XL30 EBSD mode.
    • Supervisor: Dr. Frank Reith

Co-supervisor: Dr. Carla M. Zammit, Dr. Florian Weiland

  • in Biological Sciences, University of Santo Tomas, 2011-2014
  • Graduated Cum Laude of batch 2014
  • Title of Master’s Thesis: Comparative Diversity and Biosorption Potential of Myxomycetes in Forest Patches on Ultramafic and Volcanic Soils

Adviser: Prof. Dr. rer. Nat. Thomas Edison E. dela Cruz

  • in Biology, Philippine Normal University, 2005-2009
  • Graduated Cum Laude of batch 2009
  • On-the-Job Training at Philippine Nuclear Research Institute, Quezon City
  • Practicum Teaching at Pasay City West High School, Pasay City



June 2014-present Instructor III

University of Santo Tomas, Manila

·        Handles lecture and laboratory courses in Embryology, General Biology, General Zoology, and Genetics & Evolution

June 2010-March 2013 Science Coordinator

Don Bosco School- Salesian Sisters, Inc., Manila

·        Supervised Science teachers in designing curriculum, checking daily plans, and constructing formal and non-formal assessment tools

·        Chairperson for DBS PAASCU Curriculum and Instruction Committee

May 2009-March 2013



Don Bosco School- Salesian Sisters, Inc., Manila

·        Handled General Science and Biology classes and Homeroom Guidance Programs for High School level



  1. Adelaide Scholarship International (ASI) grant (November 2014-present)
  1. University of Adelaide, South Australia
  1. DOST-NSC Graduate Scholarship Grant (June 2013-March 2014)
  • Department of Science and Technology – National Science Consortium, Philippines
  1. COS-Laurel Award (2008)
  • An Academic Proficiency Award Rank #6 with Highest GPA given by the College of Science, Philippine Normal University, Manila



  1. International Society for Fungal Conservation (ISFC)
  • Member (2014-present)
  1. National Research Council of the Philippines (NRCP)
  • Associate Member (2014-present)
  1. Professional Regulatory Commission- Licensure Examination for Teachers (LET)
  • Date Passed: 2009



Journal Articles

  • Rea MA, Zammit CM, & Reith F 2016 – Bacterial biofilms on gold grains—implications for geomicrobial transformations of gold. FEMS microbiology ecology, 92(6), fiw082.
  • Dagamac NHA, dela Cruz TEE, Rea-Maminta MAD, dela Cruz-Aril JV and Schnittler M 2016 – Rapid Assessment of Myxomycete Diversity in the Bicol Peninsula. Nova Hedwigia 102(3-4), 3-4.
  • Rea-Maminta MAD, Dagamac NHA, Huyop FZ, Wahab RAb, and dela Cruz TEE 2015 – Comparative diversity and heavy metal biosorption of myxomycetes from forest patches on ultramafic and volcanic soils. Chemistry and Ecology, 31(8), 741-753.
  • Dagamac NHA, Rea-Maminta MAD, Batungbacal NS, Jung SH, Bulang CRT, Cayago AGR, & dela Cruz TEE 2015 – Diversity of plasmodial slime molds (myxomycetes) in coastal, mountain, and community forests of Puerto Galera, Oriental Mindoro, the Philippines. Journal of Asia-Pacific Biodiversity, 8(4), 322-329.
  • Dagamac NHA, Rea-Maminta MAD and dela Cruz TEE 2015 – Plasmodial slime molds of a tropical karst forest, Quezon National Park, the Philippines. Pacific Science, 69(3), 411-422.
  • dela Cruz TEE, Rea MAD, Tran HTM, Ko Ko TW and Stephenson SL 2014 – A comparative species listing of myxomycetes from tropical (Philippines) and temperate (United States) forests. Mycosphere 5(2), 299–311, Doi 10.5943/mycosphere/5/2/4


  • Rea MAD, Dequillo MZ, Chua JL – General Biology 2. First ed. Quezon City: Rex Publishing Inc., 2016. Print.
  • Rea MAD, and Dagamac NHA. – General Biology 2. First ed. Quezon City: Rex Publishing Inc., 2016. Print.



  1. Oral
  • Gold, gold, gold! The microbial gold fever.
  • Participant – 3MT-Thesis Heats – School of Biological Sciences
    • Using microbial indicators in mineral exploration: New lessons from Australia
  • Presenter – AESC 2016 – Australian Earth Sciences Convention – Uncover Earth’s Past to Discover Our Future (26-30 June 2016), Adelaide Convention Centre


  • Comparative Diversity and Biosorption Potential of Myxomycetes in Forest Patches on Ultramafic and Volcanic Soils
    • 1st Place – Best Student Oral Paper Presentation at the International Congress on Systematics and Ecology of Myxomycetes, Changchun, China (August 11-15, 2014)
    • Best Paper Presentation at the Mycological Society of the Philippines, University of Santo Tomas, Manila (April 23, 2014)
  1. Poster
  • Microbial-mediated transformation of gold in temperate European environments
  • Presenter – AESC 2016 – Australian Earth Sciences Convention – Uncover Earth’s Past to Discover Our Future (26-30 June 2016), Adelaide Convention Centre, Adelaide, South Australia
  • Presenter – 9th Annual Postgraduate Symposium – 21 July 2016, Horace Lamb Lecture Theatre, Adelaide, South Australia
    • First Report of Plasmodial Myxomycetes in Quezon National Park- A Lowland Karst Landscape in the Philippines
  • NAST 36th Annual Scientific Meeting (ASM), Philippine International Convention Center (PICC), CCP Complex, Pasay City, Philippines (July 9-10, 2014)
    • A Look at the Species of Myxomycetes found in Hill- and Lahar- Associated Grasslands
  • Best Poster Presentation at the 49th BIOTA Annual National Convention and Scientific Session, University of Baguio, Baguio City, Philippines (April 5, 2014)



  1. Gold grains under the ‘beaming eyes’ of the microprobe: what do the quant maps tell us? Invited Speaker – EPMA Workshop – 26 October 2016, Ground Floor NG13, Medical School North, Frome Road, Adelaide, South Australia. By University of Adelaide, CAMECA Science and Meteorology Solutions and AMETEK Materials Analysis Division
  2. Resource speaker and Organizer at “UST Biodiversity Symposium: The Search for Novel Species”, University of Santo Tomas, Manila, Philippines (October 15, 2014)
  3. Resource speaker at “Mentoring the Mentors: A Science Hands-on Laboratory Workshop for Secondary Teachers”, Philippine Science High School-Bicol Region Campus, Tagongtong, Goa, Camarines Sur, Philippines (May 23-25, 2014)
  4. Resource speaker at “Yin and Yang: A step towards Holistic Wellness”, Pasig Catholic College, Pasig City, Philippines (March 10, 2014)
  5. Organizing Committee for Cluster II Symposium of the Philippine Society for Microbiology. “Putting microbes to work: Bio solutions for economic sustainability”, University of Santo Tomas, Manila, Philippines (January 25, 2014)
  6. Resource Speaker at “A closer look at fungi: biodiversity and applications”, Imus Institute, Cavite and Juan R. Liwag Memorial High School, Nueva Ecija, Philippines (July 19-20, 2013)