About Center for Genomics and Bioinformatics

The Center for Genomics and Bioinformatics at Universidad Mayor (CGB-UM) is the first research center of its kind in Chile and was established on 2010 in order to address key challenges in science, technology and innovation in this field. The CGB-UM is fostered by Universidad Mayor, an open and independent higher education institution, committed to the training of professionals and entrepreneurs, as well as the preservation and dissemination of knowledge.

The CGB-UM works in an associative and synergistic manner with Chilean and international research organizations to generate interdisciplinary high-impact fundamental and applied research. Our Center also provides consulting services in genomics and bioinformatics to a wide array of public and private institutions in Chile and overseas.

Our Center integrates the latest technologies available from molecular biology, ecology, physiology and cell biology with high-throughput technologies (genomics, proteomics, metabolomics) using bioinformatics and computer science. Our main goal is to improve Chile’s environmental sustainability, life quality and economic competitiveness in order to become a national and international reference center for science, technology and innovation.

The CGB-UM is composed by 12 researchers of recognized national and international trajectory, working in diverse areas of science, including Plant Genomics, Biotechnology, Environmental Microbiology, Human and Animal Health, Genetics, Genomics, theoretical biology and Bioinformatics. Our research programs and the interaction with national and international partners promote the development of high impact interdisciplinary research.

To date, through the financial support of national and international agencies, the CGB-UM has been able to install state-of-the-art facilities for high-throughput sequencing, advanced research on bioinformatics, applied genomics, analytical chemistry and has developed novel approaches to study plant, animal and human models, among others. This is evidenced by the increasing number of scientific publications and research projects currently under development at CGB-UM. The main results obtained so far through these endeavors include the implementation of scientific platforms in systems biology, pathogen diagnosis, human health and sustainable aquaculture and the development of new approaches for the optimal utilization of renewable resources.

The CGB-UM is a research center whose mission is to discover and promote knowledge for the benefit of society, public health and economic prosperity in our country. Our primary aims are:

- To be a leading center in the development of genomic sciences and bioinformatics, providing our scientists with a stimulating environment, equipment and cutting-edge technologies to enhance research innovations.

- Provide advanced training resources for graduate and undergraduate programs specially focused in genomics, bioinformatics, systems biology and data sciences.

- Translate the new scientific knowledge into benefits for health and the environment.

The CGB-UM works on the premise that future developments in medicine and environmental sustainability depend on today's scientific innovations. This requires an interdisciplinary scientific team focused on understanding the complexity of life from the genome to the cell of an entire organism and its interaction with the environment, generating an integrated vision that allows responding to the main needs of our society.

Principal Researchers

Plant Genomics and Systems Biology Laboratory (PlantomicsLab)

Dr. in Biological Sciences, Molecular Genetics and Microbiology, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile.


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Biocomplexity and Behavior Laboratory

Doctor en Ciencias Biológicas con mención en Genética Molecular y Microbiología, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, Chile.


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Proteomics and Cell Surface Trafficking Laboratory

Doctor en Ciencias, Programa de Microbiologia e Inmunología, Universidad Federal de São Paulo, Brasil.


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Host-Pathogen Interactions laboratory

Doctor en Ciencias, Mención Microbiología, Inmunología y Parasitología, Universidad Federal de Sao Paulo, Brasil.


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Computational and Evolutionary Biology Laboratory

Doktor der Naturwissenschaften, Universitat Zurich, Switzerland.


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Bioinformatics and Genome Biology

Doctor en Bioquímica, California Institute of Technology, USA.


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Fungal Phylogenetics and Systematics

Doctor Programa de Enología y Biotecnología, Universidad Rovira i Virgili, España.


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Network Biology Laboratory

PhD in Computer Science, University College Dublin, Ireland.


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Fruit Trees Genomics and Physiology Laboratory

PhD en Biología Molecular, Universidade Federal de São Paulo, Brasil.


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Immunogenomics Laboratory

Doctor en Microbiología, Universidad de Santiago, Chile.


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Chromatin, Epigenetic and Neuroscience

Doctor en Biología Molecular y Celular, Universidad Austral de Chile.


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Advanced Genomics Laboratory

Doctora en Biotecnología, Universidad Técnica Federico Santa María y Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaíso, Chile.


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Microbial Genomics Laboratory

Doctor en Biociencias Moleculares, Universidad Andrés Bello, Chile.


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Biocomputing and Applied Genomics Laboratory

PhD. Biotecnology, Universidad Andrés Bello, Chile.


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Noticias
09 October 2018

Estudiantes de Odontología reciben primer premio en importante congreso sobre investigación dental

Pedro Parra y Sebastian Palominos presentaron un proyecto, dirigido por el académico e investigador del Centro de Genómica y Bioinformática, Cristián Cortez, que indaga en los mecanismos que producen la periodontitis, una enfermedad que se caracteriza por su impacto en la calidad de vida y los costos del tratamiento.

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07 February 2018

Cuatro estudiantes del Doctorado en Genómica Integrativa se adjudicaron becas Conicyt

Considerado uno de los programas más competitivos de su tipo en el país, este año el proceso recibió más de 2.000 postulaciones, de las cuales solo fueron seleccionadas alrededor de 730.

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09 January 2018

Académica U. Mayor será parte de nuevo Instituto que investigará interacciones entre hongos y plantas

Elena Vidal, profesional del Centro de Genómica y Bioinformática, participará del organismo promovido por la “Iniciativa Científica Milenio” y que cuenta con US$1 millón de financiamiento.

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09 January 2018

Doce estudiantes serán parte de inédito Programa de Pasantías de Investigación de la U. Mayor

La iniciativa busca acercar el quehacer investigativo a los alumnos de pregrado. En su primera versión, participarán alumnos de Medicina, pero el próximo año se ampliará a todas las carreras.

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08 January 2018

Investigadores de la Universidad Mayor se adjudicaron nuevos proyectos Fondecyt

La Dra. María Belén Camarada, investigadora del Centro de Nanotecnología Aplicada, y el Dr. Alberto J. Martin, investigador del Centro de Genómica y Bioinformática, llevarán a cabo nuevas investigaciones a través del Fondo Nacional de Desarrollo Científico y Tecnológico.

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05 January 2018

Universidad Mayor firmó importante acuerdo con la prestigiosa Linnaeus University de Suecia

El compromiso se realizó entre la Facultad de Ciencias y la Facultad de Salud y Ciencias de la Vida de la institución sueca, con el objetivo de fomentar intercambios y cooperación académica.

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Contact

Corporate building, first underground - Campus Huechuraba - Camino La Pirámide 5750, Huechuraba
+56 223 281 323|cgbum@umayor.cl