Senior investigators

Cristián Araneda Tolosa

Biologist. Dr. in Biomedical Sciences, Universidad de Chile

Position: Associate professor / Chair

Research interest: Development of genetic/genomic tools to support the production of seafood on issues of quality and molecular traceability. Identification and characterization genomic regions associated with productive traits in aquatic species.

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Cristián Araneda Tolosa

María Angélica Larraín Barth

Food Engineer. Master in Food Science. PhD in Food Science and Technology

Position: Associate professor / Chair

Research interest: Food quality focused on traceability and authenticity. Development of analytical tools mainly based on DNA, to validate food claims and to support law enforcement.

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María Angélica Larraín Barth

Natalia Lam Pastén

PhD., Ms. Aquaculture, Universidad de Chile.

Position: Assistant Professor

Research interest: My research interests include the use of genetic and genomic approaches applied to aquaculture species and the study of chromosomes in aquatic organisms.

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Natalia Lam Pastén

David Véliz Baeza

Ph D Biology, Université Laval, Canada.

Position: Associate Professor

Research interest: my interest is to study microevolutionary forces such as migration and natural selection in organisms inhabiting both aquatic and terrestrial systems in order to obtain useful information for management and conservation.

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David Véliz Baeza

Caren Vega Retter

Doctor in science mention in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

Position: Assistant professor, Universidad de Chile

Research interest: selective and genetic effects of the contemporary factors, mainly caused by human activities, such as pollution, fragmentation and habitat transformation over the population structure, gene flow, genetic diversity and gene expression of wild populations.

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Caren Vega Retter

Alejandra González Vásquez

PhD in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Universidad de Chile

Position: Associate Professor

Research interest: My research aims to understand genetic biodiversity variation and the adaptive evolution of vegetal organisms. Population connectivity data can help the conservation of vegetal biodiversity, ecosystem services, and societal awareness.

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Alejandra González Vásquez

Researchers and technician staff

Felipe Ignacio Jilberto Vallejos

Molecular Biotechnology Engineer
Master in Biological Sciences
Universidad de Chile

Position: Researcher 

Research interests: My research interests are in population genetics, molecular ecology and food quality. I want to use genetic information to design useful methods for traceability in commercial products or ecology in general.

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Felipe Ignacio Jilberto Vallejos

Carlos Ignacio Vargas Manríquez

Bachelor in Marine Science. Aquaculture Engineer. Master of Science in Aquaculture. PhD(c) in Aquaculture
Universidad de Chile

Position: Researcher 

Research interests: focused on the development and application of genomics and biotechnological tools for sustainable management, conservation and traceability of marine resource. In search of information that allows improving the policies and management approaches for the sustainable development of fishing, aquaculture and local communities.

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Carlos Ignacio Vargas Manríquez

Valentina Córdova Alarcón

Molecular Biotechnology Engineer
PhD in Aquaculture
Universidad de Chile

Position: Researcher 

Research interest: I am widely interested in the development and application of genomic tools for the study and conservation of the genetic diversity of natural populations of marine organisms. 

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Valentina Córdova Alarcón

Carla Uribe Palacios

Master of Public Health, Universidad de Chile.

Position: Researcher

Research interest: My research interest focuses in food safety and genetic traceability, currently working on aquaculture products of economic interest.

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Carla Uribe Palacios

Sundry Vásquez García

Agricultural Engineer. Universidad Rómulo Gallegos. PhD. Animal Agricultural Biotechnology. Instituto Nacional de Investigaciones Agrícolas INIA_ESAT, Venezuela.

Position: Post-Doctoral

Research interest: Develop molecular traceability tools for population studies, genetic identification and conservation of marine species, mainly in the study of clams. Participation in the development of means of dissemination of aquaculture biotechnology to support the sustainable development of rural and educational communities.

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Sundry Vásquez García

Victor Manuel Aliaga Tobar

PhD. Integrative Genomics, Universidad Mayor.

Position: Associate Researcher

Research interest: I’m enthusiasts in works related to bioinformatics applications. My principal aim is to standardize bioinformatics pipelines through programmation.

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Victor Manuel Aliaga Tobar

Raquel Becerra Vera

Position: Technician

raquelbecarra@uchile.cl

Raquel Becerra Vera

Students

Gonzalo Camus Morales

Molecular Biotechnology Engineer Student at Universidad de Chile.

Position: Undergraduate Student.

Research interest: My current research focuses on the study of the genetic diversity of Pink-ling (Genypterus blacodes) populations off the coast of Chile. My research interests lie in ecology and conservation of native species and getting the government to adopt legislative measures for their management.

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Gonzalo Camus Morales

Angela Cayupi

Agricultural Engineer Student at Universidad de Chile

Position: Undergraduate Student

Research interest: My research interests lie in population genetics, molecular ecology and production, particularly of marine animals and seafood.

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Angela del Pilar Cayupi

Pablo Rafael Dufflocq Urmeneta

Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, MSc. And PhD candidate at Universidad de Chile

Position: Postgraduate student

Research interest: I am interested in chondrichthyan issues (e.g. food traceability and population genetics) developed by molecular markers and bioinformatics.

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Pablo Rafael Dufflocq Urmeneta

William Javier Farías Muñoz

Ms. in Marine Sciences, Universidad Católica del Norte.
Dr.(c) in Aquaculture, Universidad de Chile.

Position: Postgraduate student, Universidad de Chile

Research interest: Quantitative genetics in marine and freshwater organisms and population genetics in native species of interest to aquaculture.

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William Javier Farías Muñoz

Andrés Vargas Fernández

Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, MSc. And PhD candidate at Universidad de Chile

Position: PhD student

Research interest: Honey bee genetics and traceability

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Andrés Marcelo Vargas Fernández

Past students and staff

Marianela Quintrel Curinao

Veterinarian (Bachelor Degree), Master in Food, mention in Management, Quality and Food Safety. Universidad de Chile. 

Research interest: My research interests focus on food and feed safety; and development and validation of analytical methods with potential use in food control.

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Marianela Quintrel Curinao

Matías Sepúlveda Navarro

Biochemist. Msc in Food Science. Universidad de Chile.

Research interest: Food Quality and Safety. Method validation.

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Cynthia M. Asorey

Msc in Marine Science.
Dr. Biology and Applied Ecology.
Universidad Católica del Norte

Position: Post-doc

Research interest: My research interest is focused on understand the genetic biodiversity variation, evolution and population connectivity of marine invertebrates.

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Cynthia M. Asorey

Pía González Pérez

Veterinarian (Bachelor Degree)
Master in Food, mention in Management, Quality and Food Safety.
Universidad de Chile.

Research interest: My research interests focus on food/feed safety and genetic traceability; developing and validating analytical methods with potential use in food control and authenticity.

Pía González Pérez