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PhD in Sciences, mention in Biophysics and Computational Biology


The PhD Program in Sciences with a mention in Biophysics and Computational Biology aims to train scientists capable of understanding biological processes from a physical-mathematical approach, promoting the integration of interdisciplinary studies, and covering from the molecular level to the mathematical modeling of biological systems. .

Program objectives:

  • Deliver a solid theoretical and practical training in protein biophysics, bioinformatics, models in structural biology and computational neuroscience, applied at different levels of biological organization..
  • Promote interdisciplinary science by attracting students with diverse initial undergraduate training, giving them opportunities to complement their training in various areas
  • Train scientists capable of innovating and contributing to the development of science and technology in the country.
  • Strengthen the integration of basic science research and its numerical applications in areas of health, engineering, robotics, among others..

Program Director

Patricio Orio, Ph.D.
Centro Interdisciplinario de Neurociencia de Valparaíso, Universidad de Valparaíso

Deputy Director

Alan Neely, Ph.D.
Centro Interdisciplinario de Neurociencia de Valparaíso, Universidad de Valparaíso

Academic Committee

Ramón Latorre, Ph.D.
Adrián Palacios, Ph.D.
Karen Castillo, Ph.D.

Academic Body

Academic Institution Research Line (s)
Ana María Cárdenas, Ph.D. CINV / Universidad de Valparaíso Exocytosis, endocytosis and dynamics of the actin cytoskeleton.
José Antonio Gárate, Ph.D. CINV / Universidad de Valparaíso Molecular Dynamics Simulations / Free Energy Calculations / Nano-bio Interactions
Carlos González, Ph.D. CINV / Universidad de Valparaíso Structure-function of ion channels: Proton channel; KCNQ channel and BK Potassium Channel
Ramón Latorre, Ph.D. CINV / Universidad de Valparaíso Biophysics and Cellular Physiology; Biochemistry and Molecular Biology of Ion Channels
Agustín Martinez, Ph.D. CINV / Universidad de Valparaíso Oligomerization, traffic, structure and function of connexins and panexins; pathogenetic mechanisms of connexin mutations associated with genetic deafness
Alan Neely, Ph.D. CINV / Universidad de Valparaíso Molecular mechanisms of voltage-gated ion channel regulation.
Patricio Orio, Ph.D. CINV / Universidad de Valparaíso Computational Neuroscience: Modeling and mathematical analysis of neuron dynamics and neural networks
Adrián Palacios, Ph.D. CINV / Universidad de Valparaíso Use of Computational Models applied to neuronal coding in the retina; Physiology of the retina; Neurodegenerative processes like Alzheimer’s disease
Juan Carlos Sáez, Ph.D. CINV / Universidad de Valparaíso Intercellular and Hemichannel Junctions of Connexins and Panexins
Fernando González-Nilo, Ph.D. CINV / Universidad Andrés Bello Bioinformatics / Molecular Simulation / Nanobiotechnology
Tomás Pérez-Acle, Ph.D. CINV / Fundación Ciencia & Vida  Computational Biology / Molecular Simulation
Wael El-Deredy, Ph.D. Universidad de Valparaíso Cognitive Electrophysiology / Computational Neuroscience
Jaime Mella, Ph.D. Universidad de Valparaíso Medicinal Chemistry / Organic Synthesis / Drug Design
Nelson Barrera, Ph.D. P. Universidad Católica de Chile Structural Biology, Cell Physiology, Biophysics, Bioinformatics
Christián Wilson, Ph.D. Universidad de Chile Biochemistry / Biophysics of Individual Molecules and transport of proteins through channels.
Matías Zañartu, Ph.D. Universidad Técnica Federico Santa María Physical and physiological modeling of the normal and pathological voice. Biomedical signal processing, Biomedical acoustics.


Academic Institution Research Line (s)
Andrés Chávez, Ph.D. CINV / Universidad de Valparaíso Synaptic transmission, synaptic plasticity, neuromodulation
David Naranjo, Ph.D. Universidad de Valparaíso Permeation, activation, and folding of voltage-gated potassium channels
John Ewer, Ph.D. CINV / Universidad de Valparaíso Drosophila genetics, behavior and development
Oliver Schmachtenberg, Ph.D. CINV / Universidad de Valparaíso Sensory coding in smell and visual system
Kathleen Whitlock, Ph.D. CINV / Universidad de Valparaíso Development and function of the nervous system using zebrafish as a model
Luis Cuello, Ph.D. Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center Structure-function correlation of ion channels
Alejandro Weinstein, Ph.D. Universidad de Valparaíso Bioinstrumentation and processing of biomedical signals
Rodrigo Cofré, Ph.D. Universidad de Valparaíso Stochastic models and statistical analysis of neural networks
Michel Curé, Ph.D. Universidad de Valparaíso
María José Escobar, Ph.D. Universidad Técnica Federico Santa María Computational Neuroscience of the Visual System
Carolina Saavedra, Ph.D. Universidad de Valparaíso Brain-Computer Interfaces, Self-Organizing Neural Networks
Rodrigo Salas, Ph.D. Universidad de Valparaíso Machine learning, artificial neural networks.


Francisco Bezanilla, Ph.D CINV / Universidad de Chicago, USA Ion Channel Biophysics
Miguel Holmgren, Ph.D. NIH-NINDS, Bethesda, USA Ion Channel Biophysics
Verónica Milesi, Ph.D. Universidad de la Plata, Argentina Ion Channel Biophysics
Gonzalo Ferreira, Ph.D Universidad de la República, Uruguay Ion Channel Biophysics
Peter Larsson, Ph.D. Universidad de Miami, USA Ion Channel Biophysics
Osvaldo Álvarez, Ph.D. CINV / Universidad de Chile. Mathematical modeling of kinetic processes
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