Mayi Arcellana-Panlilio

Senior Instructor

Biochemistry & Molecular Biology


Contact information


Office: 403-220-4385

Web presence



Office : HMRB393B

Preferred method of communication


Jumi Lee


Office: 403-210-3907

Research and teaching

Area of Focus

  • Synthetic Biology

Summary of Research

As lead faculty mentor for the University of Calgary iGEM team, Dr. Arcellana-Panlilio has supervised undergraduate students from science, medicine, and engineering on synthetic biology projects that seek to address real world problems by engineering bacteria to perform new functions. These projects have included the development of a transdermal patch to deliver peptide to protect against ionizing radiation (iGEM 2016), which the students undertook with valuable guidance from PI’s at the Robson DNA Science Centre.  She has co-supervised BHSC honours thesis (MDSC 508) students with researchers at the Charbonneau, lending her expertise in molecular biology, functional genomics, and gene expression analysis.


Dr. Arcellana-Panlilio is a Senior Instructor in the Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology (BMB) in the Cumming School of Medicine. Her primary educational responsibility is to coordinate and deliver the MDSC 351 (Honours Cell & Molecular Biology) course, which has become one of the premier required courses in the flagship Bachelor of Health Sciences (BHSc) curriculum. Dr. Arcellana-Panlilio is responsible for leading the University of Calgary’s iGEM (international Genetically Engineered Machines) team, an interdisciplinary group of undergraduate students who develop a synthetic biology project from concept to execution and then present it at an international competition in Boston each fall. Dr. Arcellana-Panlilio also contributes to several other courses, notably co-teaching MDSC 408 (Research design in molecular biology & bioinformatics) and coordinating the BMB section of MDSC 417-419 (Integrated research I & II).