Center for Aging and Regeneration (CARE)

Cellular Differentiation and Pathology Laboratory

Department of Cellular and Molecular Biology

Faculty of Biological Sciences

Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile

Santiago, Chile.  


Fundación Ciencia & Vida

Santiago, Chile 




Bachelor of Science in Biology, Universidad de Chile, (1979)

Doctor of Biological Sciences in Cellular Biology, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, (1985)

Postdoctoral, EA Doisy Department of Biochemistry St. Louis University (1986-1987)

Department of Biochemistry, University of Massachusetts (1987-1988)

Specialization: Cell Biology, Cell Differentiation, Extracellular Matrix, Myogenesis, Muscular Dystrophies


Awards and Honors


Honors for Research

Elected as a member of the Chilean Academy of Sciences (2007).

Member of Latino American Academy of Sciences (2017).

Howard Hughes Medical Institute (USA), International Research Scholar for two, five years consecutive periods (1997-2001; 2002-2006).

National Presidential Chair in Sciences, by the Chilean Government (1998-2001).


Awards for Research

Research awards from highly competitive and prestigious international agencies such as The Howard Hughes Medical Institute (USA) (two times), the Muscular Dystrophy Association (USA) (two times),  National Science Foundation (SA), Fogarty International (USA), Third World Academy of Sciences (Italy), Volkswagen-Stiftung (Germany), International Foundation for Sciences (Sweden) and by the different Programs of the Chilean National Agency for Research and Technology (CONICYT); Fondecyt, Fondef, Fondap and Basal Program for Excellence in Research.


Awards for Teaching

Honored as the “Best Teacher” by the alumni association of the P. Universidad Católica de Chile (1997, 2007); “Recognition Award for Teaching Excellence” from the P. Universidad Católica de Chile (2011).