Interdiciplinary research groups

The Center aims to provide an integrative environment for innovative neurobiology research, which encompasses molecular, cellular, developmental, and systemic approaches. This environment is catalyzed by research groups working in national and international projects combining different levels of analysis, from animal behavior to omics technologies, such as genomics, proteomics and metabolomics, as well as different animal models including drosophila, zebrafish and mice to provide a multi-level and multi-model approach to tackle biological problems associated to brain function in health and disease


Felipe Court

I studied biology in Chile and then an MSc and a Ph.D. at Edinburgh University in the labs of Richard Ribchester and Peter Brophy. Holding an EMBO postdoctoral fellowship I moved to the lab of Laura Feltri in Milano, Italy. I was associate professor in Catholic University for 9 years and then I created and currently direct the Center for Integrative Biology at Universidad Mayor.



Gonzalo Cancino

Biologist, PhD in Molecular and Cell Biology from P. Universidad Católica de Chile. My research is focused in understand how the brain cortex develops, using genes associated to neurodevelopmental disorders such as autism, and studying their role in neurogenesis and gliogenesis during cortical development.



Leonardo Valdivia

Leonardo earned both a bachelor degree in Biology and a PhD in Cell and Molecular Biology and Neuroscience, from Universidad de Chile. He was as a postdoc at the University College London before joining the CIB in August 2017. Leonardo’s research focuses on dissecting the genetic control of tissue growth and differentiation in the developing zebrafish eye.



Melissa Nassif

Dr. Melissa has been working in neurodegeneration since her undergraduate in Pharmacy, in UFGRS, Brazil. She worked in brain ischemia, in vivo, and organotypic slices culture. In her Master degree, she studied the role of AKT/GSK3B in Alzheimer's disease (AD). She performed her Ph.D. in Chile, at Universidad de Chile, studying the autophagy involvement in (ALS)



Paola Murgas

Biochemist at Universidad Austral de Chile. She obtained her PhD in Cellular and Molecular Biology at the Universidad Católica de Chile. She completed a postdoctorate at the Science and Life Foundation. Later, worked at Universidad del Desarrollo. Now, she works at Mayor University investigating the participation of immune system in inflammation and disorders associated with aging.



Rene Vidal

Biochemical. Dr. Vidal performance his doctoral thesis at the University of Chile and investigated gabaergic receptors and their intracellular transport in neurons. Then, he carried out his post-doctoral training in neurodegeneration focusing his studies on Huntington's disease using pre-clinical models and developed possible treatments.



Ute Woehlbier

Obtained a M.Sc. and Ph.D. from University of Heidelberg, Germany. She performed a Postdoc at Virginia Commonwealth University, USA in parasitology and a second Postdoc at Universidad de Chile in neuroscience. Her current research focuses in studying novel proteins involved in Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis using interdisciplinary approaches.



Patricio Manque

Obtained his Ph.D. in Microbiology and Immunology at UNIFESP-Brasil. Then, he performed a Postdoc at the same University. As the genomic revolution was taking place he performed his second Postdoc at Virginia Commonwealth University, USA in parasite genomics. Next, he moved to Chile where he founded the first center for genomics. He started to use systems biology approaches to study neurodegenerative diseases.


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Diego Rojas Rivera

Dr. Rojas Rivera obtained both Chemist and Pharmacist degree and a Ph.D. in Biochemistry at the Universidad de Chile. His Ph.D. thesis was awarded by the “Chilean Academic of Science” and the “Allende-Connelly Foundation”. He performed a Postdoc at University of Chile and a second Postdoc at University of Gent (Belgium).


Joaquin Letelier

Joaquín Letelier Undurraga

Biologist from the University of Chile and doctor in Neurosciences from the University of Valparaíso (2012). He did his postdoctoral work at the Andalusian Center for Development Biology (CABD) in Seville before joining the CIB as a researcher in August 2018. Using teleost models (zebrafish and medaka), his research focuses on the study of associated genetic diseases to non-coding DNA.


Cesar Cardenas

Julio César Cárdenas

J. Cesar Cardenas earned his Ph.D. from the University of Chile, where he studied the mechanism that regulated nuclear Ca2+ under Dr. Enrique Jaimovich’s mentoring. Then he moved to the University of Pennsylvania Medical School where he explored the nuclear localization 1,4,5-trisphosphate receptor (InsP3R) Ca2+channel.


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Mario Sanhueza

Molecular Biotechnology Engineer and Master in Biological Sciences from the University of Chile. He completed his PhD at the University of Edinburgh, United Kingdom, studying new modifiers of neurodegeneration in amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, using the fly as a model.



Alenka Lovy

Received her MS Degree in Plant Physiology studying Taxol biosynthesis with Dr. Rodney Croteau at Washington State University, Pullman, USA in 1999. In 2006, she received her PhD degree in Plant Biology from the University of Massachusetts, USA, under the guidance of Dr. Peter Hepler, who inspired a major use of microscopy studying cellular ultrastructure by TEM and live confocal microscopy.


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Erick Riquelme

He obtained his PhD in Biological Sciences at the Catholic University of Chile. Later, he moved to the MD Anderson Cancer Center, USA where he developed his postdoctoral degree. His line of research focuses on studying the factors that regulate the tumor microenvironment, with emphasis on studying the role played by the tumor microbiota in shaping this TME.