The DNA Analysis Laboratory is one of the four research and extension service laboratories at the Natural Sciences Research Institute of University of the Philippines, Diliman (DNA Analysis Laboratory NSRI-UPD). The laboratory’s research thrust includes the development of molecular tools to better understand the genetic variation in different Filipino regional and ethno-linguistic groups for forensic, health and molecular anthropological studies. The researchers and staff of DNA Analysis Laboratory NSRI-UPD are committed to make use of excellent science, particularly in the field of molecular biology and genetics, in assisting the Philippines criminal justice system by “putting science at the service of society’.


On 16 May 1996, the Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) was signed between the University of the Philippines and the Presidential Anti-Crime Commission (PACC), represented by then Vice-President Joseph E. Estrada. Both institutions agreed towards the establishment of the DNA Analysis Laboratory at the Natural Sciences Research Institute, University of the Philippines Diliman.The construction of the DNA Analysis Laboratory, NSRI-UPD and installation of equipment was completed in December 1997.


A nation that uses population genetics and forensic genetics in fostering a love of country, in valuing its own genetic history, in protecting the rights of its people, and in building a knowledge-driven and humane society.


Together with our many collaborators and partners, we aim to:

  1. conduct cutting edge and high quality forensic genetics research for the application of DNA technology in the pursuit of justice and the protection of human rights;
  2. generate a genetic data resource that is representative of all Filipino groups comprising the Filipino nation;
  3. provide a genetic perspective of Filipino history and origins by studying genetic variation across all Filipino groups;
  4. be an internationally recognized laboratory of excellence and an active contributor to the global knowledge resource for forensic genetics and population genetics;
  5. provide quality and reliable DNA testing services by highly-skilled DNA analysts following local and international guidelines, and recognized by Philippine courts;
  6. communicate and disseminate population genetics research through dynamic and iterative community engagement, immersion and education for valuing Filipino heritage and identity;
  7. develop a pool of experts in order to strengthen the nation’s capability in using forensic DNA technology for the fair and swift administration of justice;
  8. provide exemplary education and training in population genetics and DNA forensics to stakeholders and the general public;
  9. give technical support as expert witness in court or as resource person for other agencies and private individuals;
  10. partner with government agencies and stakeholders in incorporating forensic DNA technology in routine civil and criminal investigations; and,
  11. use knowledge generated from population genetics studies and forensic genetics studies in aid of policy and legislation that should uplift the dignity and national pride of the Filipino people.


  • Genetic Diversity Studies on Filipinos
  • Validations of Forensic DNA Methods


  • Parentage Testing and Kinship Analysis (Link to download Brochure, saved under Attachments folder)
  • Disaster Victim Identification
  • DNA Profiling in aid of Criminal Investigations


Maria Corazon A. De Ungria
BSc (Honors), PhD Head

Gayvelline C. Calacal
RMT, MSc, Case Manager

Frederick C. Delfin
BSc, MSc, PhD candidate

Jazelyn M. Salvador
BSc, MSc

Minerva S. Sagum

Miriam Ruth M. Dalet

Paul Ryan L. Sales
BSc, MSc candidate

Nelvie Jane Fatima A. Soliven
BSc, MSc candidate


The laboratory houses state-of-the-art equipment for DNA analysis. The infrastructure is designed to streamline procedures for a more efficient, timely and cost-effective application to casework and research projects.


DNA Analysis Laboratory, Natural Sciences Research InstituteMiranda Hall, University of the PhilippinesQuirino corner Velasquez Streets, DilimanQuezon City 1101, PhilippinesPhone: +63 981 8500 local 3605Telefax: +632 925 2965Mobile: +63 918 913 6284E-mail: www.dnaforensic.orgGoogle Map Link: