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Elena A. Villacorte, MSc, DAP&E
University Researcher 2
Department of Parasitology

Ms. Elena Andino Villacorte is a University researcher at the Department of Parasitology, College of Public Health, University of the Philippines Manila. She is a graduate of Bachelor of Science in Public Health, UPManila. She earned her Diploma in Applied Parasitology and Entomology at the Institute for Medical Research, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and her Master of Science at School of Applied Sciences, Monash University in Melbourne Australia. Ms. Villacorte enhanced her laboratory competency through training on malaria cultivation and different malaria assays at Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research, Melbourne, Australia and molecular studies of virulent isolates of Malaria at Gunma University School of Medicine, Japan.

Her research interests are malaria, amoeba and schistosoma. She has been Principal investigator, Co- investigator and research associate of several researches. Other research interest is testing of herbal extracts against parasites like malaria, amoeba and helminths. Results of researches has been published in local and international journals. She has attended several conferences as speaker or for poster presentation.

Ms. Villacorte is very active in training medical technologists from regional, provincial and municipal health offices. She was also invited by PAMET regional chapters as resource speaker and trainor in Parasitology.

Contact:
eavillacorte@up.edu.ph


Publications

  • Maramba-Lazarte CC, Rivera PT, Villacorte EA. Philippine Tsaang Gubat (Ehretia mecrophylla) and Ampalaya (Momordica charantia L) Leaf Extracts Lack Amoebicidal Activity in vitro. Acta Medica Philippina. (2020); 54 (1);
  • Matsumoto-Takahashi ELA, Rivera PT, Villacorte EA, Angluben RU, Jimba M, Kano S. Factors determining job satisfaction of malaria community microscopists in Palawan, the Philippines: a cross-sectional mixed-methods study. International Health, Oxford Academic. , https://doi.org/10.1093/inthealth/ihaa015. (2020); ;
  • Macalanda AC, Angeles JM, Moendeg KJ, Dang-Trinh MA, Higuchi L, Kirinoki M, Chigusa Y, Leonardo LR, Villacorte EA, Rivera PT, Goto Y, Kawazu S. Schistosoma japonicum cathepsin B as potential diagnostic antigen for Asian zoonotic schistosomiasis. Parasitology Research. (2019); ;
  • Angeles JM. Goto Y, Kirinoki M, Lenardo LR, Moendeg, KJ, Ybanez AP, Rivera PT, Villacorte EA, Inoue N, Chigusa Y, Kawazu S. Detection of canine Schistosoma japonicum infection using recombinant thioredoxin peroxidase-1 and tandem repeat proteins. The Journal of Veterinary Medical Science. (2019); 81 (10); 1413-1418
  • Macalanda AMC, Angeles JM, Moendeg KJ, Dang TMA, Higuchi L, Inoue N, Xuan X, Kirinoki M, Chigusa Y, Leonardo LR, Villacorte EA, Rivera PT, Goto Y, Kawazu S. Evaluation of Schistosoma japonicum thioredoxin peroxidase-1 as a potential circulating antigen target for the diagnosis of Asian schistosomiasis. The Journal of Veterinary Medical Science. (2018); 80 (1); 156-163
  • Matsumoto-Takahashi, E. L. A., Tongol-Rivera, P., Villacorte, E. A., Angluben, R. U., Jimba, M., & Kano, S. Bottom-up approach to strengthen community-based malaria control strategy from community health workers’ perceptions of their past, present, and future: a qualitative study in Palawan, Philippines. Tropical Medicine and Health. (2018); 46 (1); 24
  • Angeles JM, Leonardo LR, Goto Y, Kirinoki M, Moendeg KJ, Suganuma K, Villacorte EA, Rivera PT, Inoue N, Chigusa Y, Kawazu S. Positivity of Schistosoma japonicum eggs in dogs and water buffaloes in the Philippines and its implications to public health. Japanese Journal of Veterinary Parasitology. (2018); 17 (1); 20-24
  • Moendeg, K. J., Angeles, J. M. M., Nakao, R., Leonardo, L. R., Fontanilla, I. K. C., Goto, Y., Kirinoki, M., Villacorte, E.A, Rivera, P.T., Inoue, N., Chigusa, Y. & Kawazu, S. Geographic strain differentiation of Schistosoma japonicum in the Philippines using microsatellite markers. PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases, e0005749. (2017); 11 (7);
  • Matsumoto-Takahashi ELA, Rivera PT, Villacorte EA, Angluben RU, Jimba M and Kano S. Patient Knowledge on Malaria Symptoms Is a Key to Promoting Universal Access of Patients to Effective Malaria Treatment in Palawan, the Philippines. PLOS/One. (2015); ;
  • Moendeg KJ, Angeles JM, Goto Y, Leonardo LR, Kirinoki M, Villacorte EA, Rivera PT, Inoue N, Chigusa Y, Kawazu S. Development and optimization of cocktail-ELISA for a unified surveillance of zoonotic schistosomiasis in multiple host species. Parasitology Research. (2015); 114(3); 1225-8
  • Angeles JM, Leonardo LR, Goto Y, Kirinoki M, Villacorte EA, Hakimi H, Moendeg KJ, Lee S, Rivera PT, Inoue N, Chigusa Y, Kawazu S. Water buffaloes as sentinel animals for the surveillance of zoonotic schistosomiasis. Bulletin of the World Health Organization. (2015); 93(7); 511-512
  • Kato-Hayashi N, Leonardo LR, Arevalo NL, Tagum MNB, Apin J, Agsolid L, Chua JC, Villacorte EA, Kirinoki M, Kikuchi M, Ohmae H, Haruki K, Chigusa Y. Detection of active schistosome infection by cell-free circulating DNA of Schistosoma japonicum in highly endemic areas in Sorsogon Province, the Philippines. Acta Tropica. (2015); ; 146-149
  • Moendeg KJ, Angeles JM, Leonardo LR, Goto Y, Kirinoki M, Villacorte EA, Rivera PT, Inoue N, Chigusa Y, Kawazu S. Development and optimization of cocktail-ELISA for a unified diagnosis of zoonotic schistosomiasis in multiple host species. Parasitology Research. (2014); 114(3); 1225-1228