Lorico Lapitan Jr., Ph.D.

Research Assistant Professor


He received his B.Sc. and M.Sc. in Chemistry degrees from the University of Santo Tomas in the Philippines, in 2007 and 2010, respectively. He received his Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University of Leeds in United Kingdom in 2018. He was a recipient of international research fellowships in Tokyo University of Technology, Japan in 2011 and Academia Sinica, Taiwan in 2014 under the JSPS and TIGP-IIP programs, respectively. He is currently a post-doctoral fellow. His primary research interests concern applications of biosensors for applications in pyocyanin detection, STH detection, and early cancer diagnosis.

Research area

  • Biosensors based on label-free techniques
  • Early diagnostics of cancer
  • Determination/detection of biomarkers

Selected publication

  1. Lapitan, Lorico Jr, DS and Zhou, D (2020), A Simple magnetic Nanoparticle-Poly-Enzyme Nanobead Sandwich Assay for Direct, Ultrasensitive DNA Detection. In: Kumar, CV, (ed.) Nanoarchitectures Built with Carbon Nanotubes and Magnetic Nanoparticles. Methods in Enzymology, 630, Elsevier ISBN 9780128201435
  2. Lapitan, Lorico Jr. DS, Yihan Xu, Yuan Guo, and Dejian Zhou. “Combining magnetic nanoparticle capture and poly-enzyme nanobead amplification for ultrasensitive detection and discrimination of DNA single nucleotide polymorphisms.” Nanoscale, 11, no. 3 (2019): 1195-1204.
  3. Lapitan, Lorico Jr. DS, Guo, Y., Zhou, D., (2015) Nano-enabled bioanalytical approaches to ultrasensitive detection of low abundance single nucleotide polymorphisms. Analyst, 140, 3872-3887.
  4. Choi, Sooseok, Lapitan, Lorico Jr. DS, Cheng, Yingying, Watanabe, Takayuki, (2014), Synthesis of Cobalt Boride Nanoparticles using RF Thermal Plasma, Advanced Powder Technology, 25, 365- 371.
  5. Lapitan, Lorico Jr. DS, Tongol, B.J.V., Yau, S.-L., (2012) In situ Scanning Tunneling Microscopy imaging of electropolymerized poly(3,4-ethylene dioxythiophene) on iodine-modified Au(111) single crystal electrode, Electrohimica Acta, 62, 433 – 440.
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