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Dr. Ma. Carmen Lagman currently works as a professor and researcher at De La Salle University where she established her own Practical Genomics Laboratory (PGL) also known as the Lagman Lab, which focuses on the fields of species identification, population genetics, and population ecology. She is also a member of the Centre for Natural Science and Environment Research (CENSER).

Her career started by working on the physiology and genetics of giant clams and genetic connectivity and adaption of reel fish for her Ph.D. at the University of the Philippines. In the past, she held research positions at the University of the Philippines Marine Science Institute and the International Centre for Living Aquatic Resources Management in Manila as well as the World Fish Center in Malaysia.

Carmen holds a PhD in marine science and is an alumna of the Fulbright-Philippine Agriculture Scholarship Program. She is also the recipient of the USAID Science Technology Research and Innovation for Development (STRIDE) program on its first year of implementation last August 2014.