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PhD in

Biomedicine

The PhD Program in Biomedicine from Andrés Bello University is oriented towards developing basic and applied research, which allows a better understanding of the molecular mechanisms that underlie the presentation of relevant pathologies for human beings.

The program belongs to the Faculty of Medicine and the Institute of Biomedical Sciences of Andrés Bello University and seeks to train advanced human resources in order to approach the challenges of precision medicine of the future.

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Biomedicine

We invite you to be part of this program and to generate scientific-based knowledge in the areas of biomedical sciences.

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Specific Objectives

  1. To contribute with original research on pathologies that affect human health, through production of knowledge in biomedical sciences and areas related to life sciences.
  2. To develop skills to lead interdisciplinary research projects autonomously, with ethical rigurosity and social responsibility.
  3. To contribute in the training of advanced human resources for development of research lines in neuroscience and nervous system diseases, stem cells and cell reprogramming, cellular signaling in physiopathology and molecular basis and metabolic diseases, contributing to training of pre and post graduate in the areas of biomedical sciences.


Graduate Profile

  1. Graduates from the PhD Program in Biomedicine from Andrés Bello University possess a solid training in the concepts and fundamentals of biomedical sciences, their reach, state of the art and applications. Further, they show dominance of the theoretical and methodological basis for scientific research in the discipline area.
  2. Graduates possess analytical and critical thinking abilities that allow them to deconstruct knowledge to make room for a new one. They’re capable of using various research methods to identify and resolve issues related to biomedicine, through the understanding of the molecular mechanisms of human diseases, as the main object of study.
  3. Graduates possess training on theoretical and practical levels in basic molecular mechanisms of cell function, involved in the following lines of research: neuroscience and nervous system diseases, stem cells and cell reprogramming, cellular signaling and physiopathology, molecular basis and metabolic diseases.
  4. Graduates are capable of communicating research findings to the scientific community and to the general public contributing to medical and health sciences.
  5. From their research and disciplinary training, graduates are capable of performing autonomously and collaboratively as researchers in research centers, higher education institutions as well as public and private organizations, contributing towards the scientific and technological development in the country.


Lines of Research

The PhD considers the following research lines

This line allows students to conduct research on the different aspects of the nervous system, including their structure, function and associated pathologies. Neuroscience studies the cellular and molecular basis of memory, learning, intelligence, motor skills, amongst others, and pathologies related to neurodevelopment, such as autism, schizophrenia and neurodegeneration like Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis.

Proposed Minimum Contents:

– Mechanisms of neurodevelopmental diseases.

– Mechanisms of neurodegenerative diseases.

– Molecular bases of learning and memory.

In the last few decades, a new branch of medicine based off of the biology of stem cells and their ability to become cells of different lineages and tissues. This research line allows students to conduct research on how the engineering of adult stem cells (reprogramming) offers new perspectives for the personalized treatment of pathologies that affect human beings.

Proposed Minimum Contents:

– Mechanisms of cell differentiation.

– Genetic and Epigenetics Reprogramming.

This research line allows students to conduct research on signaling mechanisms that are responsible for the organization of the molecular information in the cell and that orchestrate the integral response of the different organs in the body. Altering these signaling ways affects cellular metabolism and the physiology of the organism, thus driving the presentation of different pathologies.

Proposed Minimum Contents:

– Cellular signaling in degenerative diseases.

– Immune system and inflammation.

This line allows students to conduct research on metabolic diseases, that correspond to a wide group of hereditary or acquired diseases, produced by the interference of different biochemical processes in the organism. Among the most relevant can be found diseases where the mitochondria’s metabolism is most affected, ways of macromolecules degradation (proteins, carbohydrates and lipids), the capacity to maintain glucose levels in the blood and the control of processes of cell proliferation.

Proposed Minimum Contents:

-Molecular basis of cancer.

– Mitochondrial structure and function.

– Endocrine-metabolic disorders.


Decree and Regulation


Program Director

Giancarlo De Ferrari

PhD in Biological Sciences, Cell and Molecular Biology (Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile).

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Academic Faculty

Gloria Arriagada Inostroza

PhD in Biological Sciences, Cell and Molecular Biology (Universidad de Concepción).

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Francisca Bronfman Cáceres

PhD in Medical Sciences (Lovaina Catholic University, Belgium).

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Claudio Cabello Verrugio

PhD in Biological Sciences, Cell and Molecular Biology (Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile).

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Giancarlo De Ferrari

PhD in Biological Sciences, Cell and Molecular Biology (Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile).

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Álvaro Elorza

PhD in Biological Sciences, Cell and Molecular Biology (Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile). Doctorat en Sciences Biologiques et Médicales, Biologie et Santé (Université Victor Segalen Bordeaux 2, France).

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Carmen Gloria Feijoo

PhD in Molecular Biosciences (Universidad Andrés Bello).

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Martín Montecino Leonard

PhD in Biomedical Sciences (University of Massachusetts, USA).

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Claudia Riedel Soria

PhD in Pharmacology (Albert Einstein College of Medicine of New York, USA).

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Felipe Simón Pino

PhD in Biomedical Sciences (Universidad de Chile).

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Jimmy Stehberg

Ph.D. in Life Sciences (Weizmann Institute of Sciences, Israel).

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Brigitte van Zundert

PhD in Biological Sciences, Cell and Molecular Biology (Universidad de Concepción, Chile).

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Lorena Varela-Nallar

PhD in Biological Sciences, Cell and Molecular Biology (Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile).

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Collaborating Professors

Rodrigo Aguilar Maureira

PhD in Molecular Biosciences (Universidad Andrés Bello).

Carlos Blondel

PhD in Biochemistry (Universidad de Chile).

Fernando José Bustos

PhD in Biological Sciences, Cell and Molecular Biology (Universidad de Concepción, Chile).

Ramón Jorquera

PhD in Biological Sciences, Cell and Molecular Biology (Universidad Austral de Chile).


Curriculum


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.

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Application Requirements

  • One-time application form to the PhD.
  • Letter describing interests and reasons to apply to this program and University.
  • Notarized photocopy of Bachelor’s Degree or Professional Title.
  • Grade certification from the entire career.
  • Undergraduate graduation ranking.
  • Birth certificate.
  • Curriculum Vitae.
  • Two recommendation letters.
  • Two pictures with personal identification 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 grades, respectively.


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

Rayén Arancibia
Institute of Biomedical Sciences
[email protected]