Other Academic Collaborations
Immunology Program with Universidad de Chile
This alliance involves a combined effort in advanced teaching and research in various aspects of basic and applied immunology. Students from the PhD Programs in Molecular and Cellular Biology and Neuroscience of the Faculty of Sciences (Universidad de Chile) benefit from this interaction by attending the Advance Course in Immunology or by working on their thesis either at the Fundacion or at the Immunology lab at the Faculty of Sciences. Research topics include immune tolerance; transplant immunology, neuroimmunology, and cancer immunotherapy and vaccine development, among others.
This alliance which is funded through a grant from the Fundación Chilena para la Biología Celular, involves collaborations among members of MIFAB and provides funding for R&D, postdoctoral and graduate fellowships and international courses and symposia. Through this alliance, the Fundación collaborates in biomedical R&D, with professors Nibaldo Inestrosa, Enrique Brandan, Alfonso González and Rafael Vicuña from Universidad Católica de Chile.
BIOINFORMATICS AND GENOME BIOLOGY
The goal of this collaboration is to advance our understanding of the biology of CO2 fixation during copper recovery in bioleaching operations. The short- to mid-term objectives are to identify and evaluate potential bottlenecks in metabolic pathways for CO2 fixation that might limit cell mass production and hence copper production. These bottlenecks are hypothesized to be caused by the large increase in temperature that occurs during bioleaching, significantly diminishing the solubility – and hence bioavailability – of CO2. The collaboration involves combined bioinformatics and experimental approaches with several internationally renowned groups, including Dr. Mark Dopson (Centre for Ecology and Evolution in Microbial model Systems, Linnaeus University, Sweden) and Dr. Elizabeth Watkin (School of Biomedical Science, Curtin University, Australia)
MILLENNIUM INSTITUTE CENTRO INTERDISCIPLINARIO DE NEUROCIENCIAS DE VALPARAÍSO (CINV)
Since the beginnings of CINV in 2010, Fundación Ciencia & Vida participates in this Millenium Institute as a co-executor Institution, an endeavor that is leaded by our Computational Biology Lab. The research focuses on 3 areas: the study of human hemichannels and gap junction channels, the inference and dynamics of gene regulatory networks, and the study of human behavior under stressful situations. On top of that, Fundación is associated to the PhD program of Biophysics and Computational Biology housed at CINV Millennium Institute and supported by the Universidad de Valparaíso.
CLINICAL CANCER COLLABORATIVE PROGRAM
This alliance involves a combined effort in advanced clinical research in cervix and breast cancer (Fundación Arturo López Pérez – FALP) and lymphoma (Clínica Alemana). By working on their thesis at the Fundación-Andes laboratories, students from the PhD Program in Biotechnology and Master student at the Faculty of Sciences (Universidad Andres Bello) benefit from this interaction. Research topics include establishment of patient-derived xerographs, efficacy evaluation of antisense therapy in breast and cervix cancer and evaluation of diagnosis method of clinical samples in models of lymphoma, among others.