The Center for Genomics and Bioinformatics at Universidad Mayor (CGB-UM) is the first research center of its kind in Chile and was established in 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 national and international reference center for science, technology, and innovation.
The CGB-UM is composed of 13 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 on 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.