Laboratorio de Biología Estructural y Molecular
Universidad de Chile
Events and Media
Here we present the relevant events and news occurring in our laboratory, as well as articles and notes related with our research or members, published in media different than scientific journals.
november 09, 2022
La resistencia a los antibióticos causará más muertes que el Covid19
We invite you to review part of the interview with Dr. Rosalba Lagos by the newspaper El Mostrador in the following link:
november 07, 2022
For the first time, BEM members participate in the Agar Art Contest, an annual competition of the ASM (American Society for Microbiology), where professional and amateur artists demonstrate their creativity and skills in microbial art.
This year —for the first time— the contest defined the theme “Your favorite microbiologist” as a requirement for the works, so our team decided to honor Fanny Hesse, who was an American laboratory technician and scientific illustrator, whose most important contribution was introducing the use of agar in microbiology.
We recommend you to give a like to this work (requires Flickr account) and learn more about the contest in the following link: https://flic.kr/p/2nWT3E1
november 09, 2022
Last Friday, November 4, students from the Instituto Cumbre de Cóndores Oriente de Renca visited the Faculty of Arts and the Faculty of Sciences on the Juan Gómez Millas campus to participate in an interdisciplinary experience led by arts graduate André Barbet and microbiologist Andrés Marcoleta. , about the book "Copper, microbes and art".
october 26, 2022
In search of new directions, today we say goodbye to Dr. Macarena Varas after 17 years in the Science Faculty of the University of Chile, who changed bacteria, fish and amoebas for being part of the public policy division of the Ministerio de Ciencia, Tegnología, Conocimiento e innovación (CTCI).
We appreciate her work and commitment to Chilean science and especially to our laboratory, where she dedicated a large part of her scientific activity.
(From left to right: Matias Galvez, Camilo Berríos-Pastén, Dr. Macarena Varas, André Barbet, Patricio Arros and Jorge Vielma)
We say goodbay to Dr. Macarena Varas
october 25 , 2022
Identifying the risk of new mechanisms of resistance to antibiotics in bacteria discovered in Antarctica and formulating molecules that allow these properties to be inhibited are part of the objectives of Tan Tari Bricks, a team from the University of Chile and the only one that represents the country in iGEM Design League 2022, one of the largest synthetic biology student competitions in the world. During the end of October and the beginning of November, the team must present different advances of its work, which proposes an experimental model and computational biology, as well as educational actions and incidence in public policies.
june 13, 2022
Dr. Alexia Núñez and Dr. Andrés Marcoleta selected as Members of the Frontier Science Program 2022-2024
Dr. Alexia Núñez Parra and Dr. Andrés Marcoleta Caldera, both academics from the Department of Biology of the Faculty of Sciences, were selected by the Chilean Academy of Sciences as Members of the Sixth Border Science Program 2022-2024.
Dr. Alexia Núñez Dr. Andrés Marcoleta
june 11, 2022
The challenges surrounding the discovery of hyper-resistant bacteria in Antarctica
During 2017 and 2019, a team of researchers from the University of Chile traveled to different points of the Antarctic Peninsula collecting soil samples to study the microbial communities of this inhospitable and mysterious corner of the world. The study of these, subsequently, identified their surprising resistance to different antibiotics, disinfectants and toxic elements.
june 10, 2022
SOMICH partners chosen in Frontier Science 2022-2024
SOMICH: We want to congratulate our partners Somich Francisco Cubillos, Andrés Marcoleta and Ricardo Soto-Rifo who were elected Frontier Science 2022-2024 by the Chilean Academy of Sciences.
june 9, 2022
Academy of Sciences welcomed researchers chosen for the Frontier Science Program
This Wednesday, the Chilean Academy of Sciences, chaired by Dr. María Cecilia Hidalgo, met with the new members of its 2022-2024 Border Science Program, made up of 15 scientists recently elected by the entity.
may 25, 2022
Hyper-resistant bacteria discovered in Antarctica that could pose a risk to global health
Genes that would grant resistance to multiple antibiotics and other antimicrobial substances such as copper, chlorine or the already known quaternary ammonium would possess bacteria discovered by researchers from the University of Chile in soils of the White Continent. Andrés Marcoleta, leader of the study published in the prestigious journal Science of the Total Environment, explains that part of the genetic information that gives these properties is found in mobile genetic elements, which are pieces of DNA that can be easily transferred to other microorganisms. including pathogenic bacteria.
may 24, 2022
Universidad de Chile meets with citizens in person on Heritage Day
This Saturday, May 28, within the scheduled activities, there will be a book and magazine release stand that will be located on the front of Casa Central, which will be delivered free of charge to people. Among them, the book "De Cobre, Microbios y Arte" one of whose authors is our academic Dr. Andrés Marcoleta Caldera.
Dr. Andrés Marcoleta, Academician at the University of Chile, talks about his research on microorganisms in Antarctica
During the last chapter of Rockstars, its host Gabriel León spoke with Dr. Andrés Marcoleta, who works as an Academician of the Department of Biology of the Faculty of Sciences of the University of Chile, and who has carried out work investigating different microorganisms in the Antarctica.
march 25, 2021
"De cobre, microbios y arte", the book that accounts for the artistic properties of copper
On Monday, April 5 at 6:30 p.m. The book "Copper, microbes and art" by the authors André Barbet, Giorgio Boccardo and Andrés Marcoleta will be launched. A production of Editions of the Department of Visual Arts of the Faculty of Arts of the University of Chile, which seeks to make visible the antimicrobial properties of copper through microorganisms and figurative art, as an expression of the multiple qualities of this resource. The launch will be broadcast on the Facebook of the Forum of the Arts and on Youtube of Dicrea.
april 5, 2021
Launch of the book "De cobre, microbios y arte"
On Monday, April 5 at 6:30 p.m. The book "Copper, microbes and art" by the authors André Barbet, Giorgio Boccardo and Andrés Marcoleta will be launched. A production of Editions of the Department of Visual Arts of the Faculty of Arts of the University of Chile, which seeks to make visible the antimicrobial properties of copper through microorganisms and figurative art, as an expression of the multiple qualities of this resource.
Dr. Andrés Marcoleta participated of the radial program "Aire Fresco" from radio DUNA, talking about antimicrobial resistance and its research project regarding antimicrobial resistance and production among Antarctic soil bacteria.
Dr. Rosalba Lagos: Current chair of the Bacterial and Applied Microbiology (BAM) Division, International Union of Microbiological Societies (IUMS) (2017-2020)
July 17-21, 2017
Dr. Rosalba Lagos participated as Chair of the Scientific Program of Bacterial and Applied Microbiology (BAM) Division, in the IUMS Congress in Singapore.
April 17, 2017
Seminar: Blocking the localization of an oncogenic kinase as a new approach to inhibit cell invasion.
David Weinstein, Institute for Biophysical Dynamics, University of Chicago
April 12, 2017
Seminar: Proteomics & Bioinformatics
Alexander A. Zamyatnin.
A.N.Bach Institute of Biochemistry,
Russian Academy of Sciences,
January 15 to February 19 2017
Marcoleta A and Varas M participated of the 53th Chilean Antarctic Scientific Expedition
The researchers travelled from Punta Arenas to go over the Shetland Islands and the Antarctic Peninsula in a 25-day trip aboard the Naval vessel AP-41 Aquiles, as part of a research project related with antimicrobial production and resistance among antarctic soil bacteria.
January 24-27, 2017
Postgraduate course: Análisis estructural de proteínas y complejos macromoleculares mediante técnicas de microscopía electrónica y procesamiento de imagen.
José María Valpuesta
Centro Nacional de Biotecnología, Madrid, España
Colegio de Renca lleva el nombre de la académica Rosalba Lagos Mónaco
Desde el 1 de diciembre, el Colegio Santa María de Los Ángeles de Renca, cambió su nombre a "Colegio Lo Boza Dra. Rosalba Lagos Mónaco", en homenaje a la académica de la Facultad de Ciencias de la Universidad de Chile.
October 21, 2015
Prof. Rosalba Lagos was received as a corresponding member of the Chilean Academy of Sciences
Prof. Lagos is the eighth women that received this distinction, in recognition of her career as an active researcher and university teacher in the fields of microbiology and molecular biology. At her left and right side are the Dean and the Vice-Dean of the Faculty of Sciences, respectively.