Shirley Agrupis - Researcher Profile


Department

College of Arts and Sciences

Professor VI

Contact

Email Address: shirleyagrupis@yahoo.com


Biography

Dr. Shirley Castañeda Agrupis is a full-fledged professor and the current President of Mariano Marcos State University.

A seasoned and published researcher, she has won a number of awards, at the regional, national and international level, including the prestigious William D. Dar Research Leadership Award given by the Philippine Association of Research Managers, and the Outstanding Science Administrator Award from the National Academy of Science on Technology. She was also awarded Most Outstanding Ilocano 2019 for varied achievements as an educational leader that helped uplift the life of Ilocanos. In 2020, she was awarded the Lingkod Bayan Award by the Civil Service Commission.

As research project leader, she steered various research projects on bioethanol, funded by external agencies.  The project eventually paved the way for the establishment of the National Bioenergy Research and Innovation Center at MMSU.  Her team was awarded the Gantimpala Agad Award by the CSC for their innovative and immediate response at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic. She is also the program leader of the Tuklas Lunas Development Program which is focused on investigating the potential of indigenous plants in Ilocos Norte as raw materials in drug formulation.

Prior to her presidency, she was Director for External Affairs and Partnerships (EAP) of MMSU. Her enthusiasm, vision, leadership as director made MMSU a magnet destination of DOST Balik Scientists and visiting professors from international institutions. Her efforts led to the forging of international institutional partnerships that remain strong up to this day.

Having obtained postgraduate education and training abroad (Japan, USA, UK) internationalization ranks high in Pres. Agrupis' strategic agenda for MMSU (dubbed as 7-point agenda to ACHIEVE). In the first two years of her presidency, she was able to steer the university to become ISO-certified for all processes, and to be a three-star university in the QS Stars Rating system. MMSU likewise leveled up in its institutional accreditation in AACCUP.

She is a member of the CHED TWGs on the 7th Cycle Implementation of NBC 461 and formulation of criteria in the evaluation and levelling of State Universities and Colleges, as well as the PASUC Platform for Innovating SUCs for Industry (PISI) Committee and the special task force created by USAID STRIDE to formulate and assist universities in mapping out strategic thrusts and pathways toward excellence in research and innovation.

A BS Biology alumna (cum laude) of the College of Arts and Sciences, at MMSU Dr. Agrupis is the first MMSU graduate to be the president of her Alma Mater. She obtained her Master of Science, major in Plant Morpho-Anatomy and Physiology from the University of the Philippines at Los Baños, and her Doctor of Philosophy in Agricultural Sciences from the United Graduate School of Agricultural Science, Gifu University, Shizuoka University Campus in Japan.

She is a multi-awarded President obtaining awards in the areas of research (both as researcher and as manager) and public service.

On July 15, 2021, the MMSU Board of Regents unanimously approved her re-appointment and is now serving her second term as University President.

Research Involvement

Research Title
Technology Franchising of the Village Scale - Nipahol Production Technology (VSNPT) for Community Empowerment during the Pandemic
Development and evaluation of nipa-based bioethanol products of Mariano Marcos State University
Massive Malunggay Seedling Production
Potentiality of nipa yeasts as starter culture for village scale ethanol production and other agro-industrial applications
Isolation, characterization, identification, and screening og ligninolytic fungi from different ecological niches potential for bioprocessing technology
Isolation, Characterization, Identification and Screening of Ligninolytic Fungi from Different Ecological Niches Potential for Bioprocessing Technology”
Development and Sustainability of Bioenergy Feedstock
Production of Ethyl Alcohol (70%) using MMSU’s Proprietary Fermentation and Distillation Protocols
Development of Organic-based Hydroponic Technology at MMSU
Establishment of Nipa R&D Support Facility, Productivity Assessment of Existing Nipa Stands in Region 1&2 and Coordination of the National Nipa Plantation
Development of Anti-Inflammatory Herbal Products from Iluko Indigenous Plants. Funded by the Department of Science and Technology.
Establishment of a Community-based Bioethanol Industry and Continued Research and Development on the Feasibility of Hydrous Bioethanol as Biofuel Blend
Research and Development on Black Garlic Production and Food Product Development
Village Scale Production of MMSU Hydrous Ethanol as R&D in Biofuel Trails and Feedstock for Anhydrous Ethanol Production
Assessment and Mitigation of Air Pollutants in Selected Agro-Industrial Operations at MMSU: Towards an Eco-friendly Environment (Program)
Cellulose ethanol from lignocellulosic biomass using fungi and other degrading agents

Research Publication

  • Vladimir P. Ibañez, Willen Mark D. Manzanas, Raymart O. Villena, Thomas D. Ubiña, Shirley C. Agrupis. 2021. Remote Monitoring and Control System for the Energy Self-sufficient Bioethanol Distiller. IOP Conference Series: Earth and Environmental Science. Volume 749; Issue Num. 1; May 2021; ISSN1755-1315
  • James Paul T. Madigal, Jayson F. Cariaga, Thiara Celine E. Suarez, Shirley C. Agrupis. 2020. Assessment of the Physico-chemico and Microbiological changes during Nipa (Nypa fruticans) Sap Fermentation collected from different sites in Cagayan province, Philippines. Indian Journal of Science and Technology. Volume 13; Issue Num. 32; August 2020; ISSN0974-6846
  • Rhian Jaymar D. Ramil, Ma Danica I. Ramil, Taisuke Konno, Toshihiro Murata, Kyoko Kobayashi, Buyanmandakh Buyankhishig, Shirley C Agrupis, Kenroh Sasaki. 2020. A New Hexenoic Acid Glycoside with Cytotoxic Activity from the Leaves of Psychotria luzoniensis. Natural product research. Volume 35; Issue Num. 20; May 2020; ISSN1474-6418
  • Vladimir P. Ibañez, Willen Mark D. Manzanas, Thomas D. Ubiña, Shirley C. Agrupis. 2020. Development of Remote Monitoring and Control System for MMSU i4. 0 Platform: Energy Self-sufficient Small-Scale Smart Laboratory Using MQTT Protocol. International Congress on Information and Communication Technology February 2020
  • James Paul T. Madigal, Jessica F. Simbahan, Nacita B. Lantican, Shirley C. Agrupis, Francisco B. Elegado. 2019. Yeast Community Profiling of Fermenting Nipa (Nypa fruticans) Sap in Two Philippine Locations and Fermentation Characteristics of Selected Yeasts. Philippine Agricultural Scientist. Volume 102; November 2019; ISSN0031-7454
  • James Paul T. Madigal, Jessica F. Simbahan, Nacita B. Lantican, Shirley C. Agrupis, Francisco B. Elegado. 2019. Yeast and Bacterial Community Profiling of Fermenting Nipa (Nypa fruticans) Sap in Two Philippine Locations and Fermentation Characteristics of Selected Yeasts. Philippine Agricultural Scientist. Volume 102; Issue Num. 3; September 2019; ISSN0031-7454
  • Shirley C. Agrupis, Carmelo J. Esteban. 2019. Philippine Nypa and Village-based Bioethanol Industry Research, Development and Extension (RDE): Glocal Convergence and Integration (GCI) Management for Inclusive and Sustainable Development. Journal of Management and Development Studies. Volume 8; Issue Num. 1; January 2019
  • Shirley C. Agrupis, Marlowe U. Aquino. 2019. A Guerilla Researcher’s Journey in Managing Innovative Processes: The Case of the MMSU Bioenergy R&D Management. Journal of Management and Development Studies. Volume 8; Issue Num. 1; January 2019
  • Shirley C. Agrupis, Nathaniel Ericson R. Mateo, James Paul T. Madigal, Marilou P. Lucas. 2017. Production Process Optimization, and Performance Testing of MMSU Hydrous Bioethanol II as Renewable Engine Fuel. Science and Technology Journal. Volume 7; Issue Num. 2; December 2017; ISSN2012-0060
  • Patrick Gabriel G. Moreno, Lien-Yung Wang, Michael Russelle Alvarez, Dyan Day Bandj DC Olivar, Marlon Dave J Echavez, Gracia Fe B Yu, Shirley C Agrupis, Nemencio A Nicodemus Jr, Francisco M Heralde III. 2016. Preliminary Comparative Chemical Profiles and Cytotoxic Activities of Two Philippine Allium sativum Linn. Varieties: Ilocos White and Native. Philippine Journal of Health Research and Development. Volume 20; Issue Num. 2; September 2016; ISSN2704-3517
  • Shirley C. Agrupis, Roque A. Ulep, Maria Concepcion B. Birginias, Fiorello B. Abenes. 2014. Production, Characterization, Testing, and Evaluation of the MMSU Hydrous Bio-ethanol Potentials as a Village-Scale Enterprise. MMSU Science and Technology Journal. Volume 4; Issue Num. 1; June 2014; ISSN2012-0060
  • Shirley C. Agrupis, T Ballard, S Bansal, L Haag, P Vadlani, S Staggenborg. 2011. Cellulosic Ethanol from Corn Stover Planted at Different Seeding Densities. Philippine-American Academy of Science and Engineering July 2011
  • Shirley C. Agrupis, Roque A. Ulep, Nathaniel Ericson R. Mateo, R Ascano, Maria Concepcion B. Birginias, Fiorello B. Abenes. 2011. Properties and Characterization of MMSU 95HBE Bioethanol. Philippine-American Academy of Science and Engineering July 2011
  • Shirley C. Agrupis, Rolyson Simpliciano. 2009. Utilization of Waste Banana Stalks for Biopulp and Handmade Paper by Pleurotus sajor caju. Agriculture in the Ilocos. Volume 4; December 2009
  • Shirley C. Agrupis, Leila M. Cabalar, Remelie M. Ballesteros. 2004. Production of High Strength Bamboo: Kapok Composite Paper Sheet. Agriculture in the Ilocos: Farm Information and Technologies. Volume 3; January 2004
  • JGP Del Rosario, Shirley C. Agrupis. 2002. Preparation of High Strength Sheet from Waste Banana Stalks by Environment-friendly Process. PCARRD Highlights 2001 (Philippines) January 2002; ISSN0116-9440
  • MA Fernandez, Shirley C. Agrupis. 2002. Biomass Composition and Pulping Potential of Alinang (Cyperus iria Linn.) by Modified Pressure Cooking Process. PCARRD Highlights 2001 (Philippines) January 2002; ISSN0116-9440
  • Shirley C. Agrupis, LM Cabalar, RM Ballesteros. 2002. Preparation of High Strength Bamboo Sheet. PCARRD Highlights 2001 (Philippines) January 2002; ISSN0116-9440
  • Shirley C. Agrupis, JL Mercado, BC Castro. 2002. Medicinal Potentials of Tobacco (1) Anti-microbial and Pharmacological Properties of Ethanolic Tobacco Leaf Extracts. Philippine Journal of Crop Science (Philippines). Volume 27; Issue Num. 1; January 2002; ISSN0115-463X
  • Shirley C. Agrupis, JG del Rosario. 2002. Profitable and Environment-friendly Utilization of Agricultural Residues. Philippine Journal of Crop Science (Philippines). Volume 27; Issue Num. 1; January 2002; ISSN0115-463X
  • Shirley C. Agrupis, Eiichi Maekawa, Kyoji Suzuki. 2000. Industrial Utilization of Tobacco Stalks II: Preparation and Characterization of Tobacco Pulp by Steam Explosion Pulping. Journal of wood science. Volume 46; Issue Num. 3; June 2000
  • Shirley C. Agrupis, E Maekawa, K Suzuki. 2000. Tobacco Stalks: An Agricultural Waste with Potential as Fiber Resource for Pulp and Paper. Philippine Journal of Crop Science (Philippines). Volume 25; Issue Num. 1; January 2000; ISSN0115-463X
  • Shirley C. Agrupis, Eiichi Maekawa. 1999. Industrial Utilization of Tobacco Stalks (1) Preliminary Evaluation for Biomass Resources. Wood Research and Technology. Volume 53; Issue Num. 1; January 1999
  • R Castro, Shirley C. Agrupis, J Lorenzo, ML Palada. 1994. Industrial Utilization of Agricultural Wastes: Particleboard from Tobacco Stalks. Batac, Ilocos Norte: National Tobacco Administration January 1994
  • RC Castro, Shirley C. Agrupis, JL Lorenzo, MLM Palada. 1994. Particle Board Production from Tobacco Stalks.. Philippine Journal of Crop Science January 1994; ISSN0115-463X
  • JR Garcia, Shirley C. Agrupis, EB Cornelio, EC Villanueva, RC Castro. 1994. Antimicrobial Activities of Ethanolic Tobacco Extracts. Philippine Journal of Crop Science (Philippines). Volume 19; Issue Num. 1; January 1994
  • Shirley C. Agrupis.. 1992. Morpho-anatomical Characterization of the Root Nodules of Some Selected Leguminous Species. Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations January 1992

Citations

Author Title of the Paper Publication Citing Article Citing Author Citing Publication Year
Rhian Jaymar D Ramil, Ma Danica I Ramil, Taisuke Konno, Toshihiro Murata, Kyoko Kobayashi, Buyanmandakh Buyankhishig, Shirley C Agrupis, Kenroh Sasaki A new hexenoic acid glycoside with cytotoxic activity from the leaves of Psychotria luzoniensis Natural Product Research Inventory of Rubiaceae species in Mt. Pao Range, Ilocos Norte, Northwestern Luzon, Philippines Mae Ann Batuyong, Michaela A. Calaramo, and Grecebio Jonathan D. Alejandro Journal of Biological Diversities 2021
Shirley Agrupis, Eiichi Maekawa, Kyoji Suzuki Industrial utilization of tobacco stalks II: preparation and characterization of tobacco pulp by steam explosion pulping Journal Wood Science Enhancement of saccharification and ethanol conversion from tobacco stalks by chemical pretreatment Guo-Ning Guo, Bing Cai, Ran Li, Xi Pan, Min Wei, Chun Zhang Biomass Conversion and Biorefinery 2021
Rhian Jaymar D Ramil, Ma Danica I Ramil, Taisuke Konno, Toshihiro Murata, Kyoko Kobayashi, Buyanmandakh Buyankhishig, Shirley C Agrupis, Kenroh Sasaki A new hexenoic acid glycoside with cytotoxic activity from the leaves of Psychotria luzoniensis Natural Product Research A revised classification of the sister tribes Palicoureeae and Psychotrieae (Rubiaceae) indicates genus-specific alkaloid accumulation Andreas Berger, Karin Valanr-Vetschera, Johann Schinnerl, and Lothar Brecker Phytochemistry Reviews 2021
Shirley C. Agrupis, Roque A. Ulep, Maria Concepcion B. Birginias, and Fiorello B. Abenes Production, Characterization, Testing and Evaluation of the MMSU Hydrous Bio-ethanol Potentials as a Village-Scale Enterprise MMSU Science and Technology Journal Application of Automated Control For Reflux Hydrous Bioethanol Distiller Judith M. Hilario, Victorino T. Taylan, Ruel G. Peneyra, Helen F. Gavino Central Asian Journal of Theoretical and Applied Sciences 2021
Shirley C. Agrupis, Roque A. Ulep, Maria Concepcion B. Birginias, and Fiorello B. Abenes Production, Characterization, Testing and Evaluation of the MMSU Hydrous Bio-ethanol Potentials as a Village-Scale Enterprise MMSU Science and Technology Journal Remote monitoring and control system for the energy self-sufficient bioethanol distiller V Ibañez, WM Manzanas, R Villena, T Ubiña and S Agrupis IOP Conference Series: Earth and Environmental Science 2021
Shirley C. Agrupis, Roque A. Ulep, Maria Concepcion B. Birginias, and Fiorello B. Abenes Production, Characterization, Testing and Evaluation of the MMSU Hydrous Bio-ethanol Potentials as a Village-Scale Enterprise MMSU Science and Technology Journal Design and evaluation of a zero-fossil fuel distiller for bioethanol Thomas D. Ubiña, Nathaniel Mateo, Roque Ulep, Christopher Baga, Jansen Sagadraca, Psalm David Pastor, Raymart Villena, Jeremiah Corpuz, and Shirley C. Agrupis IOP Conference Series: Earth and Environmental Science 2021
Shirley C. Agrupis and E. Maekawa Industrial Utilization of Tobacco Stalks (1) Preliminary Evaluation for Biomass Resources Wood Research and Technology Enzymatic Production of Xylooligosaccharides from Alkali-Solubilized Arabinoxylan from Sugarcane Straw and Coffee Husk Patricia F. Avila, Manoela Martins and Rosana Goldbeck Bioenerygy Research 2021
Shirley Agrupis, Eiichi Maekawa, Kyoji Suzuki Industrial utilization of tobacco stalks II: preparation and characterization of tobacco pulp by steam explosion pulping Journal Wood Science Tobacco stalks as a sustainable energy source in civil sector: Assessment of techno-economic and environmental potential Piero Bareschino, Elisa Marasso, Carlo Roselli Renewable Energy 2021
Patrick Gabriel G Moreno, Lien-Yung Wang, Michael Russelle Alvarez, Dyan Day Bandj DC Olivar, Marlon Dave J Echavez, Gracia Fe B Yu, Shirley C Agrupis, Nemencio A Nicodemus Jr, Francisco M Heralde III Preliminary Comparative Chemical Profiles and Cytotoxic Activities of Two Philippine Allium sativum Linn. Varieties: Ilocos White and Native Effect of the Histone Methyltransferase Specific Probe BRD4470 on Metabolic Profiling of the Endophytic Fungus Diaporthelongicolla Jay Hind Nishad1 , Arti Singh1 , Rajnish Bharti1 , Priyanka Prajapati , Vijay Kumar Sharma , Vijai Kumar Gupta and Ravindra Nath Kharwar Frontiers in Microbiology 2021
Shirley Agrupis, Eiichi Maekawa, Kyoji Suzuki Industrial utilization of tobacco stalks II: preparation and characterization of tobacco pulp by steam explosion pulping Journal Wood Science Utilization of cellulose in tobacco (Nicotiana tobacum) stalks for nitrocellulose production Ralph Muvhiiwa, Emmanuel Mawere, Langa Bright Moyo, Lawrencia Tshuma Heliyon 2021
James Paul T Madigal, Jessica F Simbahan, Nacita B Lantican, Shirley Agrupis, Francisco B Elegado Yeast community profiling of fermenting Nipa (Nypa fruticans) sap in two Philippine locations and fermentation characteristics of selected yeasts The Philippine Agricultural Scientist Assessment of the Physico-chemico and Microbiological changes during Nipa (Nypa fruticans) Sap Fermentation collected from different sites in Cagayan province, Philippines James Paul T. Madigal, Jayson F. Cariaga, Thiara Celine E. Suarez, Shirley C. Agrupis Indian Journal of Science and Technology 2020
James Paul T. Madigal, Jessica F. Simbahan, Nacita B. Lantican, Shirley C. Agrupis and Francisco B. Elegado Yeast and Bacterial Community Profiling of Fermenting Nipa (Nypa fruticans) Sap in Two Philippine Locations and Fermentation Characteristics of Selected Yeasts Philippine Agriculture Scientist Pre-treatment and Enzymatic Hydrolysis of Banana (Musa acuminata x balbisiana) Pseudostem for Ethanol Production Galileo E. Araguirang, Arianne Joyce R. Arizala, Ededn Beth B. Asilo, Jamie Louise S. Batalon, Erin B. Bello, James Paul T. Madigal, Jerice R. Monge, Nicole Angelique L. Sanchez, and Francisco B. Elegado Agro Bali: Agricultural Journal 2020