Accelerating Discovery

Claudio Hetz Ph.D.
Principal Investigator
chetz@med.uchile.cl

Full Professor University of Chile
Adjunct Professor Harvard School of Public Health (Boston, MA, USA)
Adjunct Professor Buck Institute for Research on Aging (Novato, CA, USA)
Deputy Director Neuroscience Biomedical Institute (BNI), Faculty of Medicine, University of Chile
Assocate Investigator FONDAP Center for Geroscience, Brain Health and Metabolism, Santiago, Chile
Director Neurounion Biomedical Foundation

Previous trainings.

Postdoctoral training Harvard School of Public Health and Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Boston, USA.
Ph.D. in Biomedical Sciences, Serono Pharmaceutical Research Institute (Geneva, Switzerland) and University of Chile (Santiago, Chile).
Molecular Biotechnology Engineer. University of Chile, Santiago, Chile.

Selected honors and awards.

2015 Awarded with the KIA International Award for invaluable achievements and contributions to the development of science and technology
2014 Selected by the LatinAmericanScience.Org and Qué Pasa magazine as one of the 30 more influencing scientist in Latin America
2012 Awarded with the FEBS Anniversary Prize for oustanding Young Investigator. IUBMB & FEBS meeting, Sevilla.
2012 Awarded with a gift from the
Christopher Reeve Spinal Cord Injury and Paralysis Foundation, USA.
2008 Awarded with the Young Scientist Prize TWAS-ROLAC from the Latin American Science Academy for the best young scientist in the region.
2008 The Eppendorf & Science Prize for Neurobiology, selected finalist by the editors of Science magazine as outstanding young scientist.
2008 Awarded with the “Cell Biology Society of Chile and Bios-Chile prize” as a recognition for the scientific career.
2007 Selected by the newspaper “El Mercurio” as one of the 100 Chilean young leaders 2007.
2003 Herman Neimeyer Medal, Chilean Society of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, best Ph.D. student in Biomedical Sciences of Chile.


Senior Researcher

  • Gabriela Mercado Ph.D.

  • Danilo Medinas Ph.D.

Post Docs

  • Claudia Durán Ph.D.

  • Pablo Mardones Ph.D.

  • Paula García Ph.D.

  • Amado Carreras Ph.D.

  • Alexis Rivas Ph.D.

  • Gabriela Martínez Ph.D.

  • Carolina González Ph.D.

  • Hery Urra Ph.D.

  • Felipe Cabral Ph.D.

Ph.D. Students

  • Vicente Valenzuela

  • Estefanie Dufey

  • Philippe Pihán

  • Denisse Sepúlveda

  • Maritza Oñate

  • Alexis Martínez

  • Luis Osorio

  • Rodrigo Pérez

  • Marioly Muller

  • Paulina Troncoso

  • Rodrigo Fernández, M.D.

Master Students

  • Leslie Bargsted

  • Pablo Rozas

  • Valentina Castillo

  • Sandra Gaete

Undergraduate Students

  • Javiera Acevedo

Visiting Students

  • Valentine Le Gall

Research Assistants

  • Sandra Espinoza

  • Paulina Soto

  • Francisca Martinez

  • Juan Pablo Vivar

  • Daniela Becerra

  • Rodrigo Díaz Pino

  • José Vicente González

Laboratory Administration

  • Maximiliano Leseigneur Ossa

  • Javiera Ponce

  • Susana Manriquez

Lab maintenance and auxiliary technicians

Monica Flores
Soledad Meliñir
Diego Pinuer (Assistant bioterio)
Gabriel Poblete (Assistant bioterio, Replacement)
Soledad Meliñir (Assistant bioterio)
Romina San Juan (Veterinary technician)
Mónica Flores (Laboratory Assistant)

 Past Members:

Néstor Guerrero : Post doctoral fellow

Victor Hugo (2010-2015) : PhD in Biomedical Sciences. Currently postdoctoral fellow Dr Andres Couve lab.

Alicia Figueroa (2008-2011): Research assistant.

Amparo Zuleta (2010-2012): Molecular Biotechnology Engineering student and research Assistant. Currently, She is a Master’s student of Molecular and Cellular Biology at the University Pierre et Marie Curie. París, France.

Andrés Henríquez (2008-2011): Molecular Biotechnology Engineering student and Master’s student. Currently performing a PhD in Biological and Biomedical science, University of North Carolina, USA.

Andrew Foley (2013-2014) : Visiting Scientist USA. Currently studying Medicine at Harvard.

Benjamín Caballero (2008-2010) : Research assistant. Currently, he is a PhD student of the Graduate Program in Biomedical Sciences, Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University NY, USA (Dr. Ana Maria Cuervo).

Camila Ghirardelli (2013-2014): Biotechnology, Mayor University, Santiago, Chile.

Catherine Andreu (2011-2012): Molecular Biotechnology Engineering student. Currently performing a PhD at PUC.

Clara Quiroga (2006-2010): PhD in Biochemistry. University of Chile. Currently a Postdoctoral fellow (Dr. Sergio Lavandero, University of Chile).

Claudia Lucero (2013-2014) : Research Assistant

Claudia Molina (2011-2014): Research Assistant. Currently performing a PhD in Cellular and Molecular Biology, University of Chile.

Cristian León (2007) : Research assistant.

Cristian Olguín (2009-2012): Lab manager.

Cynthia Lefevbre (2013): Master in Aging and Longevity at University Pierre and Marie Curie, Paris, France.

Daniela Concha (2012-2014) . Lab Manager

Danny Galleguillos (2008-2009) : Post doctoral fellow.

Diego Rodríguez (2009-2012) : Post doctoral fellow. He’s doing a post doc fellow in St. Jude Chidren's Hospital, Memphis, USA. (Dr. Douglas Green).

Diego Rojas-Rivera (2008-2015): PhD student in Biochemistry. University of Chile. Received best PhD thesis award from the Allende and Connery Foundation and the National Science Academy.

Estefanía López (2010-2011): Research assistant. Currently performing a PhD at the University of Chile.

Fernanda Lisbona (2007-2014) . Master in Molecular Biology and PhD in Pharmacology, University of Chile. She was awarded with the L'Oréal Chile-UNESCO 'For Women in Science' 2011.

Gonzalo Encina (2010-2011) : Post doctoral fellow.

Karen Castillo (2010-2013) : Post doctoral fellow. She is researcher at the University of Valparaíso.

Karina Muñoz (2010-2011): Animal technician.

Luis Miguel Gómez (2007) : Research assistant.

María Inés Díaz (2008-2014): PhD in Biochemistry. University of Chile.

Martín Sepúlveda (2014-2015): Molecular Biotechnology Engineering, University of Chile. Currently XXX

Mauricio Torres (2008-2013): PhD in Biomedical Sciences. University of Chile.

Melissa Calegaro (2007-2013) . Postdoctoral fellow. She is currently Postdoctoral fellow at Mayor University, Chile.

Miguel González (2013-2015): Biotechnology, Mayor University, Santiago, Chile.

Nancy Hernández (2009-2012) : Lab Administrator. Currently performing postgraduate studies at Rutgers University (PALS Program), New Jersey, USA.

Natalia Muñoz (2013-2015): Research assistant Dra. Matus.

Oriane Fracchia (2014) .Master in Aging and Longevity at University Pierre and Marie Curie, Paris, France.

Pamela Valdés (2008-2013): PhD in Biomedical Sciences. University of Chile. She is currently a Postdoctoral fellow at the Brain Mind Institute, École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Switzerland (laboratory Dr. Patrick Aebischer).

Peter Thielen (2010-2011): Master in Biotechnology, Harvard University, USA. Awarded with the Dean's Prize for Outstanding ALM Thesis.

Postdoctoral fellow, "Doctoral Thesis Award 2015" awarded by the Chilean A cademy of Sciences , for the thesis entitled: "TMBIM3 / Grina a regulated by the response to misfolded proteins (UPR) which inhibits apoptosis by modulating calcium homeostasis gene".

Sebastián Zamorano (2008-2010) : Molecular Biotechnology Engineering student. University of Chile. Currently performing a PhD in Cellular biology at the University of Geneva, Geneva, Switzerland (Dr. Lucca Scorrano).

Silke Escobar (2011-2014): Research Assistant Animal Care.

Sylvia Flores(2008-2009) : Research assistant.

Thergiory Irrazábal(2010-2011): Research assistant. PhD in Immunology, University of Toronto, Canada.

Ute Woelhbier (2010-2014): Postdoctoral fellow. She is currently an assistant professor at Mayor University, Chile.

Vanessa Maúlen (2012-2014) . Assistant

Victor Hugo Cornejo (2011-2015): Ph.D in Biomedical Sciences, University of Chile. Currently performing a Postdoctoral fellow with Dr Andres Couve at the University of Chile.

Yerko Fuentealba (2012-2013) : Research Assistant. Currently performing a PhD in Biomedical Sciences, University of Chile.