PhD in

Bioinformatics and Systems Biology

Our doctoral program offers integrated doctoral training for students interested in working at the interface of computer science, biology, and mathematics to address the fundamental challenges of contemporary biology and data science research. The Ph.D. program in Bioinformatics and Systems Biology is part of our institutional mission devoted to provide in depth, cutting-edge training  to those who aspire to access a wide variety of  exceptional educational experiences, faculty professors, research lines and resources to support the systematic generation new knowledge to address the challenges of a globalized world.  Our Ph.D. program is part of the Life Sciences Faculty at Andrés Bello University, whose global mission is to promote and generate interdisciplinary knowledge at all levels of biological organization, from the molecular basis that sustain life to whole ecosystems.

We welcome your interest in the Bioinformatics and Systems Biology Program.
Danilo González, Ph.D.
Chair of the Bioinformatics and Systems Biology Program

Welcome to

Bioinformatics and Systems Biology

We invite you to join us in exploring this exciting area of knowledge.

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Specific Objectives

  • Prepare scientists in bioinformatics and data analysis so they are able to develop careers in academia, industry and/or national and international agencies.
  • Provide students with solid education allowing them to use their skills towards the generation of original knowledge at different scales of biological organization.

Graduate Profile

Graduates from the PhD in Bioinformatics and Systems Biology at Andrés Bello University have a solid training in quantitative biology through a mechanistic comprehension of biological systems. Graduates also have strong skills in scientific computing to face emerging challenges in biology, Big data processing and the generation of predictive models, to propose solid mechanisms that explains how biological systems work. Graduates’ training have a strong emphasis on computational and experimental genomics, bioinformatics, structural biology, biophysics, modelling of biological systems, physiological and innovative high throughput omics approaches, framed in the field of biology.

Graduates are capable to develop original and independent research, using  integrative approaches  derived Systems Biology and Bioinformatics research lines. Moreover, they have a solid training in bioethics allowing them to do research in accordance with the ethical principles related with each specific field of study. Based on their training and research, graduates will empowered to develeop their carreers at national and international level with solid emphasis in bioinformatics and systems biology being able to perform in both, the academic and productive sectors, with emphasis in the generation, administration, analysis and interpretation of biological information, contributing to country development.

By the end of the program graduates will be able to:

  • Demonstrate theoretical and practical knowledge in the development or application of computational methods and massive data analysis, allowing them to conduct research in an original, autonomous and collaborative way.
  • Elaborate research projects with strong emphasis on structural bioinformatics and biological systems modelling, considering ethical and bioethical aspects that respond to the current needs of biological sciences at different levels of the organization.
  • Execute top-tier research projects in the bioinformatics and systems biology fields to generate basic and/or applied knowledge to contribute to the advancement of the of the program’s research lines.
  • Communicate effectively results and conclusions derived from their research to specialized and non-specialized audiences, in accordance with the recognized rules of discipline or field of study.
  • Actively participate in interdisciplinary work teams, oriented towards the utilization of bioinformatics and systems biology.

Research lines of the program

The PhD in Bioinformatics and Systems Biology program has an innovative and unique study plan that pursue to provide students with a high level training and research skills from different aspects of bioinformatics. Our research portfolio ranges from experimental and computational genomics, protein engineering, drug design and the development of novel hypothesis about cellular function and physiology. To achieve this, the program promotes the training of graduates in relation with the following research lines:

this line of research includes the characterization of structure-function relations in biomolecules, using theoretical and experimental methods that require the application of high-performance algorithms and computational tools, as well as experimental approaches. This research line has key objectives such as the development of novel research strategies able to integrate data science approaches and computational biology methods with their consequent experimental validations.  Through this approach, an iterative research cycle begins, based on the observation of experimental events, modeling, computational simulation and empirical validation.

this research line integrates the use of functional  and computational genomic approaches with state of the art omics tools to elucidate molecular mechanisms in microbial and multicellular organisms and their potential interactions. The data driven approaches on a genomic scale is also able to provide solid basis for the development of mathematical models, which will be used to formulate and evaluate novel hypotheses on cellular function and their main characteristics or phenotypes.

Decree and Regulation


Dr. Danilo González Nilo

Postdoctoral (National Cancer Institute, USA)


Academic Faculty

Dr. Daniel Aguayo

Ph.D in Applied Sciences (Universidad de Talca)

Line of research: Bioinformatics

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Eduardo Castro

Ph.D in Biology Sciences (George Washington University, USA)

Line of research: Bioinformatics

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Yorley Duarte

PhD in Applied Sciences (Universidad de Talca)

Line of research: Bioinformatics.

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Fernando Danilo González

Ph.D in Chemistry (Universidad de Santiago de Chile)

Line of research: Bioinformatics

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Verónica Jiménez

PhD in Sciences, Specialized in Chemistry (Universidad de Concepción)

Line of research: Bioinformatics

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Claudio Meneses

PhD in en Agricultural, Forest and Food Systems. Genetics & genomics.

Line of research: Bioinformatics

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Ariel Orellana

PhD in Biology Sciences (Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile)

Line of research: Genomics and biology systems.

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José Manuel Pérez

PhD in Microbiology (Universidad de Santiago de Chile)

Line of research: Genomics and biological systems.

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Claudia Saavedra

PhD in Biochemistry (Universidad de Chile)

Line of research: Genomics and biological systems.

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Juan Antonio Valdés

PhD in Biomedical Sciences (Universidad de Chile)

Line of research: Genomics and biological systems.

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Collaborating professors

Carlos Lagos

U. San Sebastián

John Ewer

U. Valparaíso


Patricio Orio

U. Valparaíso



Scholarships and Financing

Andrés Bello University has different scholarships for its doctoral students, to learn more we invite you to visit the Doctorates home where you will find Scholarships and Financing Opportunities.


Application Requirements

  • Must possess a Bachelor’s Degree or professional title or have an academic Degree of Bachelor or Master of Science in applied disciplines with biology, engineering and computational sciences by a University recognized by the Chilean Government or, in case of foreign institutions, recognized by their country.
  • Complete application form to PhD.
  • Letter describing your interests and reasons why you wish to apply to this program and University.
  • Notarized photocopy of Bachelor’s Degree or Professional Title. For foreign students, the photocopy must be endorsed by the Chilean Consul in the country of origin and by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Chile.
  • Grade certification from the entire career.
  • Undergraduate graduation ranking.
  • Birth certificate.
  • Curriculum Vitae.
  • Two recommendation letters.
  • Two pictures with RUT number included.
  • Notarized photocopy of ID on both sides.
  • *In case you have postgraduate studies, please attach a legalized photocopy of the Degree and concentration of notes respectively.


Application process will be online. Documents must be sent to the following e-mail address:

[email protected]
Dr. Daniel Aguayo
Academic Secretary
PhD in Bioinformatics and Systems Biology