Karel Mena

Postdoctoral Researcher

“Centro Interdisciplinario de Neurociencia de Valparaíso”.
Research Area: Molecular Biophysics.
Laboratory of Electrophysiology, Professor Dr. Carlos González Leon

Ph.D. in Molecular Physical Chemistry, Universidad Andres Bello, Chile (Year 2015).
M.Sc. Analysis and Environmental Technology. Superior Institute of Aplied Sciences and Technology (InsTec),
Cuba (Year 2006)

B.Sc. Biochemistry. Universidad de la Habana, Cuba (Year 2002)

Curriculum Vitae


Contact Information:

E-mail: karel.mena@cinv.cl
Teléfono: (56)-(32)-2508088

Address: Centro Interdisciplinario de Neurociencia de Valparaíso.
Facultad de Ciencias, Universidad de Valparaíso.
Gran Bretaña 1111. Playa Ancha. Valparaíso. Chile.


Research Statement:

My methodological and theoretical research, as well as,  a considerable portion of my applied and collaborative work, addresses Computational Biology and Chemistry. An innovative contribution of my work is the establishment of a new perspective to insights into the interactions between several drug and proteins, combining Molecular Docking, QSAR, Molecular Dynamics Simulations and free energy calculation. Currently, our research aims to understand the molecular mechanisms underlying the way that different conexines operate, using molecular dynamics simulation and quantum chemistry, At the moment, I am applying my computational skills, to elucidate the molecular basis of calcium binding sites to connexin 46 (Cx46).



  • Luisa Quesada-Romero, Karel Mena-Ulecia, Matías Zuñiga, Pedro de la Torre, Daniela Rossi, William Tiznado, Simona Collina and Julio Caballero. Optimal graph-based and simplified molecular input line entry system-based descriptors for quantitative structure-activity relationship analysis of arylalkylaminoalcohols, arylalkenylamines and arylakylamines as σ-1 receptor ligand. Journal of Chemometrics, 2015, 29:13-20.
  • Karel Mena-Ulecia and Heykel Hernández Hernández. Decentralized peri-urban wastewater treatment technologies assessment integrating sustainability indicators. Water Science & Technology, 2015, 72(2): 214-222.
  • Karel Mena-Ulecia, William Tiznado and Julio Caballero. Study of the Differential Activity of Thrombin Inhibitors Using Docking, QSAR, Molecular Dynamics, and MM-GBSA. Plos One, 2015, 10(11): e0142774.
  • Luisa Quesada-Romero, Karel Mena-Ulecia, William Tiznado and Julio Caballero. Insights into the interaction between Maleimide derivates and GSK3ß combining Molecular Docking and QSAR. Plos One, 2014, 9(7): e102212.
  • Karel Mena-Ulecia, Ariela Vergara-Jaque, Horacio Poblete, William Tiznado and Julio Caballero. Study of the affinity between the Protein Kinase PKA and peptide substrate derived from Kemptide using Molecular Dynamics Simulation and MM/GBSA. Plos One, 2014, 9(10): e109639.
  • Guanche D, Zamora Z, Hernandez F, Mena-Ulecia K, Alonso Y, Roda M, Gonzáles M and González R. Effect of ozone/oxygen mixture on systemic oxidative stress and organic damage. Toxicology Mechanisms and Methods, 2010; 20(1); 25–30.


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