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Marohren C. Tobias-Altura, RMT, DMM, MScTM
Assistant Professor
Department of Medical Microbiology

Prof. Marohren C. Tobias-Altura graduated with a degree of Bachelor of Science in Public Health, in UP Manila. She joined the Department of Medical Microbiology (DMM) as a Research Assistant and was promoted to University Research Associate, University Researcher, Assistant Professor and former Chair of the Department. The Diploma in Medical Microbiology which she received as a SEAMEO scholar in the Institute for Medical Research, Malaysia and the degree of Master of Science in Tropical Medicine from Mahidol University, Thailand prepared her to teach Medical Microbiology to both undergraduate and graduate students. Her other training is on Medical Mycology from the CBS, Netherlands, on leptospira from Kyushu University, and on molecular biology from UP Los Banos and Nagoya City University. In 2011, she was trained as a Biosafety Officer under the Advanced Biorisk Officers Training Course, a joint project of UP Manila, US Department of State and the Philippine Biosafety and Biosecurity Association. As a Biosafety Officer, she is a member and a past Vice-Chair of UP Manila Institutional Biosafety and Biosecurity Committee. She was also a past Officer for Student Relations of the College of Public Health.

She has been a regular speaker in the College of Public Health's training programs like the “Mycology Training Course”. She had been a speaker in training courses on microbiological analysis of food and water. Prof. Tobias-Altura is a registered Medical Technologist, she has a Certificate of Proficiency in Water Microbiological Analysis from the DOH-BHFSRB, and is a Certified Biorisk Management Professional from the International Federation of Biosafety

Associations (IFBA). Her specializations are in anaerobic bacteriology, bacterial susceptibility studies, microbial indoor air quality, food and water bacteriology. She has also produced articles and researches on the use of the fungus Culicinomyces as a biocontrol agent for mosquitoes, fungi in flood-prone elementary schools, Candida in medical devices, use of guava on Propionibacterium acnes, use of itraconazole in the treatment of superficial mycoses, bacteria in ready-to-eat salads and in-vitro activity of commonly used antimicrobials against facultative and anaerobic pathogenic bacteria



  • Tacastacas, Bacoro, Berba, Tobias-Altura, Sison, dela Cruz-Roa.. A 47 Year Old Male with Multiple Ulcerated Skin Plaques: A Case Report on Disseminated Histoplasmosis and a Review of Eight Previously Reported Cases of Histoplasmosis in the Philippines.. Philippine Journal of Microbiology & Infectious Diseases. ; 35 (1&2);
  • Chan, Madraso, Bagoyo, Delino, Tobias. Bacteriological Analysis of Drinking Water in Bagong Ilog, Pasig, Caloocan, Capri, Novaliches and Marulas, Valenzuela from December 1981 to March 1986.. Health Monitoring Component of the MWSS Sanitation Project.. (1987); ;
  • Alday, Dancel, Tobias. Itraconazole in the Treatment of Superficial Mycoses in Filipinos.. Phil. Journal of Internal Medicine.. (1988); 27 (3); 179-187
  • Panter, de las Llagas, Tobias. The entomopathogenic fungus Culicinomyces as a biocontrol agent for mosquitoes in Microbial Biotechnology for Sustainable Development and Productivity. Rajak R.C. (ed). . R.C. (ed). Jodhpur, India : Scientific Publishers.. (1999); ; 422-433
  • Sumalapao DEP, Cabrera EC, Flores MJC, Amalin DM, Villarante NR, Altura MT and Glo-riani NG. Viability Kinetic Profile, Morphological Structure, and Physicochemical Characterization of Candida albicans Biofilm on Latex Silicone Surfaces. Annual Research & Review in Biology. (2018); 24 (3); 1-8