Research Lines

• Cellular Homeostasis, Immune Response, and Cancer: This research area within the program focuses on studying cellular processes related to the pathogenesis of cancer and immune-related diseases, as well as innovative therapeutic options. It encompasses sub-lines that investigate cellular and molecular aspects involved in (i) modulation of the immune response, and (ii) the development, progression, and treatment response of chronic disorders such as autoimmune diseases, transplant rejection, and cancer. This line of research aims to understand cellular processes related to cancer pathogenesis and immune-related diseases and explore innovative therapeutic approaches.

• Reproductive Biology and Maternal-Fetal Medicine: This research area includes complementary sub-lines aimed at understanding the biology and pathophysiology of women’s reproductive health. It covers studies on (i) molecular aspects and pathophysiological mechanisms of gestational pathologies and potential innovative diagnostic and therapeutic options, (ii) the relationship between oral health (periodontitis) and pregnancy-related disorders, (iii) the influence of nutrition and stress during pregnancy on embryonic development, and (iv) the role of metabolism in female fertility. This area is also connected to the field of Neurosciences and Nervous System Diseases, particularly in neurodevelopmental lines of research, as well as the area of Cellular Therapy.

• Neurosciences and Nervous System Diseases: This research area addresses various aspects related to the pathogenesis of neuro-psychiatric disorders and neurodevelopmental diseases. It encompasses studies on molecular and cellular mechanisms associated with chronic stress/depression, neurodegenerative diseases, genetic and environmental factors related to nervous system development disorders and their consequences.

•  Systems Pathophysiology and Biomarkers: This research area includes four sub-lines that investigate the pathophysiology and identification of early diagnostic and prognostic biomarkers in (i) pregnancy and maternal-fetal pathologies, (ii) renal and cardiovascular pathologies, (iii) dental pathologies, (iv) speech and hearing disorders, and (v) neuro-psychiatric disorders. The identification of biomarkers allows direct connections with preclinical and clinical research for the translation of laboratory findings into new diagnosis and treatment strategies. 

•  Cellular Therapy and Regenerative Medicine: This research line/area focuses on two sub-lines: (a) the search for new cellular and molecular pathways to treat human degenerative diseases, and (b) the use of extracellular vesicles in human therapies. The first sub-line investigates mesenchymal stem cells from various sources and their potential for the treatment of inflammatory, cardiovascular, rheumatic, and metabolic diseases. The second sub-line focuses on studying extracellular vesicles from different origins (mesenchymal stem cells) as therapeutic strategies. This line of research is closely linked to the research lines in immune response modulation and the research lines in biomaterials, nanotechnology, and bioengineering, primarily through tissue engineering approaches.

• Biomaterials, Nanotechnology, and Bioengineering: This research area applies a complex approach based on materials science, nanotechnology, and bioengineering to develop applications in tissue engineering, biotechnological products for medicine and dentistry, and food technology. Among these studies are the molecular and biophysical characterization of biopolymers and nanoparticles, the extraction of bioactive compounds from natural products, the development of nanotechnology for drug delivery, and the creation of vascular prostheses and other innovative therapies for medical and dental applications.


UniversidadCiudadIdiomasPágina Web
Universität BayreuthBayreuth, AlemaniaAlemán – Inglé
Universidad Austral de Buenos AiresBuenos Aires, ArgentinaEspañ
Deakin UniversityVictoria, AustraliaInglé
Macquarie UniversitySydney, AustraliaInglé
Universidad del RosarioBogotá, ColombiaEspañ
University of Texas San AntonioTexas, Estados UnidosInglé
Universidad Católica de Valencia “San Vicente Martir”Valencia, EspañaEspañ
Universidad de OviedoOviedo, EspañaEspañ
Universidad de SalamancaSalamanca, EspañaEspañ
Universidad de Santiago de CompostelaSantiago de Compostela, EspañaEspañol –
Universidad de VigoVigo, EspañaEspañ
Universidad de ZaragozaZaragoza, EspañaEspañ
Universidad Rey Juan CarlosMadrid, EspañaEspañol – Inglé
Università degli Studi di Roma Tor VergataRoma, ItaliaItaliano – Inglé
Universitá Roma TreRoma,
Instituto Tecnológico de MonterreyMonterrey, MéxicoEspañ
George Mason UniversityVirginia, Estados UnidosInglé
University of BristolBristol, Reino UnidoInglé
Universidad de ValladolidValladolid, EspañaEspañol – Inglé
Stony BrookNueva York, Estados UnidosInglé

Pasantías de investigación


Nicolás Pinto | INSERM 1107 Neuro Dol, Université Clermont Auvergne, Francia


Nicolás Pinto | INSERM 1107 Neuro Dol, Université Clermont Auvergne, Francia


Noymar Luque | Institute of Regenerative Medicine and Biotherapy (INSERM), Universidad de Montpellier
Rafael Contreras | Institute of Regenerative Medicine and Biotherapy (INSERM), Universidad de Montpellier
Nicolás Pinto | INSERM 1107 Neuro Dol, Université Clermont Auvergne, Francia
Anllely Fernández | Universidad Otto Von Guericke, Alemania


Noymar Luque | Institute of Regenerative Medicine and Biotherapy (INSERM), Universidad de Montpellier
Masyelly Rojas | Universidad de Barcelona
Carmen Hidalgo | Sorbonne Université, Institut des NanoSciences de Paris


Carolina Andrade | Well Cornell, NY, Estados Unidos de América.


Cristina Padilla | Manchester University, Reino Unido.
María José Bendeck | Karolinska Institute, Suecia.

Cotutela de Tesis Doctoral


Rafael Contreras

Institute of Regenerative Medicine and Biotherapy (INSERM), Universidad de Montpellier, Francia
Tutor Universidad de los Andes: Dra. Patricia Luz-Crawford
Tutor INSERM: Dra. Farida Djouad

Profesores Visitantes


Maria Paz Marzolo
Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile

Cecilia Vergara
Universidad de Chile

Valentina Parra
Universidad de Chile

Alfonso Valenzuela
Universidad de los Andes

Claudio Hetz
Universidad de Chile

Fernando Valiente
Universidad de Chile