Alumni

Former Post-Doctoral Fellows & Young Investigators

(University of Lausanne/Universidad de Chile)

Janos Peli

Academic Degree: MBA at University of Lausanne.
Dates: 1999 – 2000 (University of Lausanne, Switzerland)
Current Position: Consultant evaluating the fundability of start-up companies in Biotechnology

Mario Parraga

Academic Degree: PhD in Sciences with mention at Molecular Biology, Autonomous University of Madrid
Lab Dates: 2003 – 2004 (Universidad de Chile)
Current Position: Faculty position at the University of Valparaiso since September, 2004
Contact: mario.parraga@uv.cl

Julio Tapia

Academic Degree: PhD in Biomedical Sciences
Lab Dates: 2003 – 2007 (Universidad de Chile)
Current Position: Faculty position at the ICBM, Universidad de Chile since January 2008
Contact: jtapia@med.uchile.cl

Juan Villena

Academic Degree: PhD in Biological Sciences, Autonomous University of Barcelona
Lab Dates: 2004 – 2006 (Universidad de Chile)
Current Position: Faculty position at the University of Valparaiso since March 2006
Contact: juan.villena@uv.cl

Mauricio Henríquez

Academic Degree: MSc in Biological Sciences; PhD in Biomedical Sciences.
Lab Dates: 2006 – 2009 (Universidad de Chile)
Current Position: Faculty position at the ICBM, Universidad de Chile since January 2009
Contact: mhenriqu@med.uchile.cl

Vicente Torres

Academic Degree: PhD in Biochemistry
Lab Dates: 2006 (Universidad de Chile)
Current Position: Associate Professor, Institute for Research in Dental Sciences, Facultad de Odontología, Universidad de Chile, since March 2011
Contact: vatorres@odontologia.uchile.cl

Manuel Valenzuela

Academic Degree: PhD in Biomedical Sciences.
Lab Dates: 2009 – 2011 (short post-doc, Universidad de Chile); 2014 – 2015 (young investigator in the laboratory)
Current Position: Faculty position at the Universidad Central, Chile since March 2016
Contact: mavalenzuela@med.uchile.cl

Raúl Lagos Cabré

Academic Degree: Bachelor of Biological Sciences; MSc Biological Sciences; PhD in Biological Sciences, Mention Physiology
Lab Dates: 2014-2016
Current Position: Staff Research Associate, University of Cambridge, Cambridge, UK.
Contact: rclagos@uc.cl

Areli M. Cárdenas Oyarzo

Academic Degree: PhD in Sciences with mention at Cellular and Molecular Biology, Austral University of Chile (UACh)
Lab Dates: 2014-2016
Contact: arelicardenas0@gmail.com

Jimena Victoria Castillo Bennett

Academic Degree: PhD in Biological Sciences, Universidad Nacional de Cuyo, Argentina
Lab Dates: 2013-2016
Contact: jimenacastillob@gmail.com

Andrea Orellana Manzano

Academic Degree: PhD in Pharmacology, Universidad de Chile
Lab Dates: 2014-2016
Current Position: Professor at the Polytechnic Superior School of the Littoral, Ecuador.
Contact: andreia.orellana@gmail.com

Denisse Bravo

Academic Degree: PhD in Biochemistry
Lab Dates: 2009 – 2011 (short post-doc, Universidad de Chile)
Current Position: Faculty position in the Faculty of Odontology, Universidad de Chile since March 2011.
Contact: denbravo@uchile.cl

Natalia Díaz Valdivia

Profession & Academic Degree: Biochemist, Pontifical Catholic University of Valparaíso (PUCV). PhD in Biochemistry, Faculty of Chemical and Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of Chile
Lab Dates: 2012-2016
Current Position: Post-doctorate fellow, Universitat de Barcelona, Barcelona, España.
Contact: ndiazv@ibecbarcelona.eu

Jimena Bravo Ortega

Academic Degree: MSc in Microbiology, University Institute of Science and Technology (IUCT), Barcelona; PhD at University of Navarra
Lab Dates: 2015-2018
Contact: jimenabravoortega@gmail.com

Marianne Brenet Rivas

Academic Degree: Degree in Biochemistry; PhD in Sciences mention at Cellular and Molecular Biology, Austral University of Chile (UACh)
Lab Dates: 2015-2018
Current Position: Postdoctoral Research Scientist, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile (PUC).
Contact: mbrenetrivas@gmail.com

Francesca Burgos Bravo

Profession & Academic Degree: Biochemist, MSc & PhD in Biochemistry, Faculty of Chemical and Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of Chile.
Lab Dates: 2013-2017
Current Position: Post-doctorate fellow, University of California, Berkeley, USA.
Contact: francescaburgos@berkeley.edu

Samuel Martínez Meza

Profession & Academic Degree: Engineer in Molecular Biotechnology, PhD in Molecular Biotechnology, Faculty of Sciences, University of Chile
Lab Dates: 2015-2019
Current Position: Post-doctorate fellow, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, New York City, USA.
Contact: samuel.martinez@einsteinmed.org

Former PhD students

Cesar Cárdenas

Profession: Medical Technologist, PhD in Biomedical Sciences, Faculty of Medicine, University of Chile
Lab Dates: 2001-2005
Current Position: Faculty Position, Faculty of Medicine, University of Chile.
Contact: jcardenas@med.uchile.cl

Margarita Montoya

Profession: Biochemist, PhD in Biomedical Sciences, Faculty of Medicine, University of Chile.
Lab Dates: 2001-2005
Current Position: Faculty position, Faculty of Sciences, University of Santiago de Chile
Contact: margarita.montoya@usach.cl

Tamara Hermosilla Bellenger

Profession: Veterinary Doctor, PhD in Biomedical Sciences, Faculty of Medicine, University of Chile
Lab Dates: 2001-2005
Current Position: Research Assistant, Faculty of Medicine, University of Chile
Contact: thermosillabellenger@gmail.com

Vicente Torres Gómez

Profession: Biochemist, PhD in Biochemistry, Faculty of Chem. & Pharmac. Sciences, University of Chile
Lab Dates: 2006 (Universidad de Chile)
Current Position: Associate Professor, Institute for Research in Dental Sciences, Facultad de Odontología, Universidad de Chile, since March 2011
Contact: vatorres@odontologia.uchile.cl

Ana María Avalos Alfaro

Profession: Biochemist, PhD in Biochemistry, Faculty of Chem. & Pharmac. Sciences, University of Chile
Lab Dates: 2002-2006
Current Position: Teaching appointments, University Mayor and University of Chile

Genaro Barrientos

Profession: Biochemist, PhD in Sciences with mention at Cellular and Molecular Biology and Neurosciences, Faculty of Sciences, University of Chile
Lab Dates: 2003-2007
Current Position: Faculty Position, Faculty of Medicine, University of Chile.

Alvaro Lladser

Profession: Biotechnologist, PhD in Biomedical Sciences, Faculty of Medicine, University of Chile
Lab Dates: 2003-2007
Current Position: Head, Laboratory of Gene Immunotherapy, Fundación Ciencia & Vida
Contact: alvaro.lladser@gmail.com

Francisco Moraga

Profession: Biochemist, PhD in Biochemistry, Faculty of Chem. & Pharmac. Sciences, University of Chile
Lab Dates: 2004-2008
Current Position: Teaching appointment, University Mayor

Manuel Valenzuela

Profession: Biotechnologist, PhD in Biomedical Sciences, Faculty of Medicine, University of Chile
Lab Dates: 2005-2009
Current Position: Research Scientist Position, Faculty of Medicine, University of Chile.
Contact: mavalenzuela@med.uchile.cl

Diego Rodríguez

Profession: Biotechnologist, PhD in Biomedical Sciences, Faculty of Medicine, University of Chile
Lab Dates: 2005-2009
Current Position: post-doctoral fellow USA

Jorge Gutiérrez

Profession: Biochemist, PhD in Biomedical Sciences, Faculty of Medicine, University of Chile
Lab Dates: 2005-2009
Current Position: post-doctoral fellow USA

Rodrigo Herrera-Molina

Profession: Biochemist, PhD in Biomedical Sciences, Faculty of Medicine, University of Chile.
Lab Dates: 2006 – 2009
Current Position: Research Associate, Leibnitz Institute for Neurobiology, Magdeburg, Germany
Contact: rohemo70@hotmail.com

Alejandra Valdivia

Profession: Biologist, PUC; PhD in Biomedical Sciences, Faculty of Medicine, University of Chile.
Lab Dates: 2007-2010
Current Position: Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Emory, Atlanta, USA.
Contact: avaldivi@uc.cl

Adam Aguirre

Profession: Veterinary Doctor, PhD in Biochemistry, Faculty of Chem. & Pharmac. Sciences, University of Chile
Lab Dates: 2009-2011
Current Position: postdoctoral fellow, Catholic University of Chile
Contact: aaducler @yahoo.es

Lorena Lobos

Profession: Biochemist, PhD in Biochemistry, Faculty of Chem. & Pharmac. Sciences, University of Chile.
Lab Dates: 2008-2011
Current Position: Research Scientist position, Fundación Ciencia & Vida
Contact: lorotae@gmail.com

Paulina Ormazabal

Profession: Medical Technologist, PhD in Biomedical Sciences, Faculty of Medicine, University of Chile
Lab Dates: 2008-2011
Current Position: Faculty position, Catholic University of the Maule Region
Contact: pormazabal@ucm.cl

Jaime Gonzalo Fernández

Profession: Medical Doctor, Surgeon, PhD in Biomedical Sciences, Faculty of Medicine, University of Chile
Lab Dates: 2008-2012
Current Position: Staff position Hospital JJ Aguirre; Research assistant position Faculty of Medicine, University of Chile
Contact: gonzafer@gmail.com

Lorena Aguilar

Profession: Veterinary Doctor, PhD in Biochemistry, Faculty of Chem. & Pharmac. Sciences, University of Chile
Lab Dates: 2008-2012
Current Position: postdoctoral fellow, University of Chile
Contact: ena_vet@yahoo.com

Sergio Wehinger

Profession: Medical Technologist, University of Talca, PhD in Biomedical Sciences, Faculty of Medicine, University of Chile
Lab Dates: 2010 – 2014
Current Position: Faculty Position, University of Talca
Contact: stevefoxster@gmail.com

Carlos Sanhueza

Profession: Biochemist, PhD in Pharmacology, Faculty of Chem. & Pharmac. Sciences, University of Chile.
Lab Dates: 2010 – 2013
Current Position: Postdoctoral Fellow, Faculty of Biological Sciences, P.Catholic University.
Contact: csanhuezamunoz@gmail.com

Milene Kong Rojas

Profession: Medical Technologist; MSc Biological Sciences; PhD in Biomedical Sciences, Faculty of Medicine, University of Chile
Lab Dates: 2010 – 2014
Current Position: Faculty Position, Biomedical Department, University of Antofagasta.
Contact: mkong@uantof.cl

María Inés Díaz

Profession: Biologist specializing in Bioprocess, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile. PhD in Biochemistry, Faculty of Chemical and Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of Chile.
Lab Dates: 2008-2012
Current Position: CEO of Biocellix, CTO of BG Solutions. Associate professor, Bernardo O’Higgins University (UBO), Santiago, Chile.
Contact: midiazmor@gmail.com

Álvaro Álvarez Martínez

Profession: Biochemist, PhD in Pharmacology, Faculty of Chemical and Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of Chile.
Lab Dates: 2010-2014
Current Position: Secretary of Studies, Biochemistry Degree, San Sebastián University.
Contact: aalvarezm@gmail.com

Rina Ortiz Diban

Profession: Biologist specializing in Bioprocess, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile (PUC). PhD in Pharmacology, Faculty of Chemical and Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of Chile.
Lab Dates: 2010-2014
Current Position: Assistant professor, Federico Santa María Technical University (USM), Valparaiso, Chile.
Contact: rortizdiban@gmail.com

Roberto Bravo Sagua

Profession: Biochemist, MSc & PhD in Biochemistry, Faculty of Chemical and Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of Chile.
Lab Dates: 2011-2015
Current Position: Post-doctorate fellow & Assistant Professor at Institute of Nutrition and Food Technology (INTA), University of Chile, Chile.
Contact: rbravosagua@inta.uchile.cl

César Oyarce

Profession: Biochemist & MSc in Biochemistry, Faculty of Chemical and Pharmaceutical Sciences. PhD in Biomedical Sciences, University of Chile.
Lab Dates: 2011-2015
Current Position: Post-doctorate fellow, Universitair Medisch Centrum Groningen (UMCG), Groningen, Netherlands.
Contact: coyarced@gmail.com

Edgardo Rojas Mancilla

Profession: Medical Technologist & MSc in Science Education, University of Talca. PhD in Biomedical Sciences, University of Chile.
Lab Dates: 2011-2015
Current Position: Associate Professor, Bernardo O’Higgins University (UBO), Santiago, Chile.
Contact: eseba21@gmail.com

Darío Vasquez Zuloaga

Profession: Ophthalmologist MD. PhD in Medical Sciences, University of Chile.
Lab Dates: 2009-2015
Current Position: Research Fellowship at Medical and Surgical Retina Center, Puerta de Hierro Norte Hospital, University of Guadalajara, Mexico.
Contact: daroazul@yahoo.com

Catalina Soto Romero

Profession: Medical Technologist, University of Chile.
Lab Dates: 2014-2016
Contact: catanadamas@gmail.com

Horacio Maldonado Lorca

Profession: Biochemist, MSc & PhD in Biochemistry, Faculty of Chemical and Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of Chile.
Lab Dates: 2011-2015
Current Position: Post-doctorate fellow, UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy, Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA.
Contact: horacio@unc.edu

Natalia Díaz Valdivia

Profession & Academic Degree: Biochemist, Pontifical Catholic University of Valparaíso (PUCV). PhD in Biochemistry, Faculty of Chemical and Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of Chile
Lab Dates: 2012-2016
Current Position: Post-doctorate fellow, Universitat de Barcelona, Barcelona, España.
Contact: ndiazv@ibecbarcelona.eu

Jimena Andrea Canales Urriola

Profession: Pharmaceutical Chemistry, PhD in Pharmacology, Faculty of Chemical and Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of Chile.
Lab Dates: 2012-2016
Current Position: Professor of Clinical Pharmacology and Pharmacovigilance, Andres Bello University, Chile.
Contact: jim.canales.u@gmail.com

Yenniffer Ávalos Carrasco

Profession: Pharmaceutical Chemistry, PhD in Pharmacology, Faculty of Chemical and Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of Chile.
Lab Dates: 2012-2016
Current Position: Assistant Professor at Universidad de Santiago de Chile (USACH).
Contact: y.avalos.c@gmail.com

Víctor Díaz García

Profession: Biochemist, University of Santiago, PhD in Biochemistry mention in Nanotechnology, Faculty of Chemical and Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of Chile.
Lab Dates: 2012-2018
Current Position: Faculty Position, San Sebastian University, Concepción, Chile.
Contact: victor.diazg@uss.cl

Francesca Burgos Bravo

Profession & Academic Degree: Biochemist, MSc & PhD in Biochemistry, Faculty of Chemical and Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of Chile.
Lab Dates: 2013-2017
Current Position: Post-doctorate fellow, University of California, Berkeley, USA.
Contact: francescaburgos@berkeley.edu

América Campos González

Profession: Biochemist, Andres Bello National University. MSc & PhD in Biochemistry, Faculty of Chemical and Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of Chile.
Lab Dates: 2014-2018
Current Position: Waiting to be Post-doctorate fellow, Australia.
Contact: america.camposg@gmail.com

Maritza Paola Garrido Palma

Profession: Biochemist, MSc in Biochemistry, PhD in Pharmacology, University of Chile.
Lab Dates: 2015-2019
Current Position: Assistant professor, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Clinical Hospital, University of Chile.
Contact: magapa1@uchile.cl

Samuel Martínez Meza

Profession & Academic Degree: Engineer in Molecular Biotechnology, PhD in Molecular Biotechnology, Faculty of Sciences, University of Chile
Lab Dates: 2015-2019
Current Position: Post-doctorate fellow, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, New York City, USA.
Contact: samuel.martinez@einsteinmed.org

Maximiliano Arce Arata

Profession: Biotechnologist, Universidad Santo Tomás. PhD in Biological Sciences mention in Physiological Sciences, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile.
Lab Dates: 2015-2019
Current Position: Post-doctorate fellow, Uppsala University, Sweden.
Contact: maxuto1@gmail.com

Undergraduate and Masters students

Undergraduate and Masters students graduated from lab

Ana Victoria Rojas Celis (2016 – 2018)

“Porphyromonas gingivalis O Antigen participates in the modulation of Interleukin-8 levels and migration in gingival epithelial cells” Thesis co-advisor Denisse Bravo, Faculty of Odontology (Universidad de Chile, Chile)

Paulina Cerda Opazo (2014 – 2016)

“Regulation of reprimo by survivin through P53, in gastric cancer” Thesis co-advisor Dr. Alejandro Corvalán, Advanced Center for Chronic Diseases, ACCDiS (Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile, Chile).

Samantha Gonzalez (May 2012 – April 2013)

“Role of survivin in the inhibition of apoptosis induced by Porphyromonas gingivalis” Thesis co-advisor Denisse Bravo, Faculty of Odontology (Universidad de Chile, Chile)

Hernan Huerta (August 2010 – May 2012)

“Role of PKCd in the re-expression of Caveolin-1 induced by the phorbol ester 4b-TPA” (Universidad de Santiago, Chile)

Natalia Díaz (May 2008 – March 2010)

“Regulation of Caveolin-1 re-expression in cancer cells” (Universidad de Valparaiso, Chile)

Claudia Durán (May 2007 – Sept 2009)

“Role of caveolae in the internalization of pathogenic E.coli strains”. Thesis co-advisor Roberto Vidal, ICBM (Universidad de Chile)

Hery Urra (Jan 2007 – May 2009)

“Role of Caveolin-1 in the migration of metastatic breast cancer cells and astrocytes” (Universidad de Valparaiso, Chile)

Freddy Meza (2006 – 2009)

“Regulation of the expression of Caveolin-1 and -2 mediated by PKCs in NIH3T3 cells” (Universidad de Chile, Chile)

Nicolás Muñoz (May 2005 – Sept 2007)

“Thy-1 induces migration of DITNC astrocytes via activation of the PI3K-PKB pathway” (Universidad de Chile, Chile)

Denisse Bravo (2003 – 2004)

“Analysis of pathways downstream of oncogenic ras involved in down-regulation of caveolin-1 and transformation of NIH3T3 cells” (Universidad de Chile, Chile)

Andrea Pedrero (2002 – 2005)

“Ceramide-induced necrosis in HTC and HeLa cells” Thesis co-advisor Andres Stutzin, ICBM (Universidad de Chile, Chile)

Natalia Espinoza (2002 – 2003)

“ Role of the caveolin-1 WW domain in degradation of iNOS via the proteasome pathway” (Universidad de Chile, Chile)

Daniela Galleguillos (2001 – 2002)

“Regulation of cyclooxygenase 2 (COX2) by caveolin-1 in human colon carcinoma cells” (Universidad de Chile, Chile)

Cecilia Labra (2001 – 2002)

“Role of caveolin-1, Thy-1 and membrane microdomains in NGF-induced differentiation of PC12 cells” (Universidad de Chile, Chile)

Virginia Monardes (2000 – 2002)

“Mechanisms involved in targetting Protein Kinase Cs to the caveolae subcompartment” (Universidad de Chile, Chile)

Miguel Neira (2001 – 2003)

“Role of tyrosine phosphorylation of Caveolin-1 and Protein Kinase Cd in ras-mediated caveolin-1 downregulation in A10 cells” (Universidad de Chile, Chile)

Pamela Lisboa (2000 – 2002)

“Identification of regions in Caveolin-1 important for its tumor suppressor function in the human colon carcinoma line HT29” (Universidad de Chile, Chile)