I am a Plant Biology PhD student at Penn State University. Currently, I am involved in using CRISPR technology for rice crop improvement. I am interested in G proteins, cell signaling, epigenetics and genome editing.

Research Areas:
Applied Plant Biology, Molecular Biology, Signals and Responses, Gene Regulation, Genomics



1. Macovei, A., Sevilla, N. R., Cantos, C., Jonson, G., Slamet-Loedin, I., Čermák, T., . . . Chadha-Mohanty, P. (2018). Novel alleles of rice eIF4G generated by CRISPR/Cas9-targeted mutagenesis confer resistance to Rice tungro spherical virus. Plant Biotechnology Journal. doi:10.1111/pbi.12927

2.  Cantos C, Francisco P, Trijatmiko KR, Slamet-Loedin I and Chadha- Mohanty PK (2014) Identification of "safe harbor" loci in indica rice genome by harnessing the property of zinc-finger nucleases to induce DNA damage and repair.Front. Plant Sci. 5:302. doi: 10.3389/fpls.2014.00302 


1. Cantos C. A.Macovei. T.Cermak. P.Chadha-Mohanty.CRISPR/Cas9 system to induce targeted mutations in indica rice (oryza sativa spp. indica) eIF4G locus region.  


1.Cantos C., A. Macovei, T. Cermak, I.Choi D. Voytas, P. Chadha-Mohanty. (2015). Targeted Genome Editing: An innovative tool for rice and other crop improvement. Federation of Crop Sciences of the Philippines. 

2. A. Macovei, T. Cermak , X. Yin, C. Cantos, M.V.Sapasap, W. P. Quick , D. Voytas,, I. Slamet-Loedin, P. Chadha-Mohanty. (2014). Advanced tools for rice genetic improvement: TAL Effector Nucleases for site-specific gene insertion. International Rice Congress Bangkok, Thailand. 

3. Yin X., A. Macovei, T. Cermak , C. Cantos, M.V.Sapasap, W. P. Quick ,D. Voytas, P. Chadha-Mohanty, I. Slamet-Loedin. (2013). Gene modification via TALEN technology to create site-specific mutation in rice. Rice Genetics 7, Manila Philippines 

4. Cantos C., P. Francisco, RK.Trijatmiko, I.Slamet-Loedin and P.Chadha- Mohanty. (2012). Identification of chromosomal location of Zinc Finger Nucleases (ZFNs). 10 th International Symposium for Functional Rice Genomics- ChiangMai, Thailand  


1. Cantos C., E.Abrigo, I.Slamet-Loedin and P.Chadha-Mohanty. (2014). Zinc Finger Nucleases: An innovative and economical system for gene delivery in rice genome. Philippine Association for Tissue Culture and Biotechnology Conference, Philippines. 

2. Cantos C., P. Francisco, RK.Trijatmiko, I.Slamet-Loedin and P.Chadha-Mohanty. (2013). Identification of chromosomal location of Zinc Finger Nucleases (ZFNs) Young Scientist @ GRiSP Review Forum, IRRI.  

3. Cantos C., N.Oliva, I.Slamet-Loedin and P.Chadha-Mohanty. (2011). Simple and quick PCR for copy number analysis in transgenic rice. IRRI Young Scientist Conference, Philippines.  


1. Best Poster Award (Upstream Category) - Federation of Crop Science of the Philippines (2015)  

2. Travel Grant (funded by US-CGIAR Linkage)- Research training with Dr. Daniel Voytas' Lab, University of Minnesota, USA. (Sep-Oct. 2014) 

3. Best Paper Finalist (Oral presentation)- Philippine Association of Plant Biotechnology Conference, Davao City, Philippines (2014) 

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