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Arlene G. Bertuso, MSc, PhD
Department of Parasitology

Dr. Arlene G. Bertuso is a professor and appointed as chair of the Department of Parasitology from 2013-2016. Dr. Bertuso joined the department as Associate Professor in December 2004. Previous to this appointment, she worked at the National Crop Protection Center of the University of the Philippines at Los Baños (UPLB) for 10 years, first as a University Research Associate and then later as University Researcher. She also served as volunteer teaching assistant at the Department of Entomology in UPLB in 1994-1995.
Dr. Bertuso is a graduate of BS in Agriculture (Major in Entomology) in UPLB. She finished her MS in Agriculture degree specializing in Applied Biological Sciences (Insect Physiology) from Saga University in Japan in 1999 and then her Ph.D. in Agricultural Science (Specializing in Science of Life Environment and Conservation) from Kagoshima University also in Japan in 2002.
While at the National Crop Protection Center, Dr. Bertuso conducted several researches on the chemical and biological control of pests of agricultural crops. She was an expert on Integrated Pest Management (IPM) of major agricultural crops such as rice, corn and vegetables. She also devoted some time in organizing the farmers’ field schools on IPM in the Province of Laguna. At the Department of Parasitology in the College of Public Health, her researches are focused on the surveillance, control and prevention of pests and vectors of dengue, chikungunya, Japanese B encephalitis, trench fever and other arthropod-borne diseases.
Dr. Bertuso’s work has been published in both local and international journals. She also received several international publication awards from the University. She was awarded the UP Manila Professorial Chair (2011-2012) and the Crispin Villanueva Professorial Chair for Public Health Entomology from 2012-2014.
Dr. Bertuso is a member of the editorial board of the Journal of Applied Entomology and Zoology in Japan and an active member of the Sentro ng Wikang Filipino and Institutional Biosafety and Biosecurity Committee of the university. She coordinates undergraduate and postgraduate courses in medical entomology and parasitology offered by the department and the college as well.



  • Sasaki T, Higa Y, Bertuso AG, Isawa H, Takasaki T, and Minakawa N. Susceptibility of mosquitoes from foreign countries and Japan against dengue virus. Japanese Journal of Infectious Diseases.. Japanese Journal of Infectious Diseases.. (2015); 21 (3); 517-20
  • Guevarra J.P., Oidem M.G., Estrada J.E., Bertuso A.G., Borja M. P., Pinlac P.A., et al. Partnership for Health Development through the Field Practice. ACTA Medica Philippina. (2014); 48(3); 1-5
  • Takaoka H, Tenedero VF and Bertuso AG. Description of the male Simulium (Gomphostilbia) ninuanense (Diptera: Simuliidae) from Palawan Island, Philippines.. Medical Entomology and Zoology.. (2009); 60 (3); 213-216
  • Mistica MS, Delas Llagas LA and Bertuso A.. Dengue mosquito ovitrapping and preventive fogging trials in the Philippines. The Philippine Entomologist. (2008); 21 (2); 136-145
  • Fonzi E, Higa Y, Bertuso AG, Futami K, Minakawa N. Human-mediated marine dispersal influences the population structures Aedes aegypti in the Philippine archipelago.. PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases. ; 9 (6);