Donnabella Lacap-Bugler

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Senior Lecturer

Phone: +64 9 9219999 ext. 8089



PhD (The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong SAR)
MSc (Ateneo de Manila University, Philippines)
BSc (St. Paul College QC, Philippines)


I completed my Bachelor of Science degree in the Philippines while my Master of Science degree was gained in the Philippines in conjunction with The University of Hong Kong. During this time my area of study was on the diversity and ecology of endophytic fungi from medicinal plants. As a doctoral student I studied the molecular diversity of extremophiles through the School of Biological Sciences at The University of Hong Kong. After gaining my doctorate I lived and worked in Hong Kong until 2015, conducting research on the ecological and evolutionary dynamics of microorganism from extreme environments, and oral microbial ecology relating to periodontal diseases. My current research focuses on metagenomics of oral microorganism and how they relate to systemic disease.

Teaching Areas:

  • Microbiology
  • Molecular Biology
  • General Biology
  • Applied Sciences

Research Areas:

  • Ecological and evolutionary dynamics of microorganisms
  • Metagenomics
  • Microbial stress responses
  • Oral microbiology (human, equine and canine)


Some recent publications (For full publication list and citation metrics please see Google Scholar).

DC Lacap-Bugler, J Jiang, YB Huo, Y Chan, FC Leung, RM Watt (2014) Complete genome sequence of the oral spirochete bacterium Treponema putidum strain OMZ 758T (ATCC 700334T). Genome announcements 2(5), e01076-14.

CCM Yung, Y Chan, DC Lacap, S Pérez-Ortega, A de los Rios-Murillo,... (2014) Characterization of chasmoendolithic community in Miers Valley, McMurdo Dry Valleys, Antarctica. Microbial Ecology 68(2), 351-359.

S Mo, M You, YCF Su, DC Lacap-Bugler, Y Huo, GJD Smith, WK Leung, ... (2013) Multilocus sequence analysis of Treponema denticola strains of diverse origin. BMC Microbiology 13(1), 24.