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Researcher studies the effect of algae to remove hydrocarbons from the sea

·                     With the Project “Accumulation and degradation of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) in sea algae”, Dr Alberto González Figueroa, a PhD in Biotechnology and researcher at the Faculty of Chemistry and Biology of Universidad de Santiago, is starting a new research line on bioremediation in marine systems.


Scientists describe lung ventilation adjustment mechanism to physiological demands

  • The study conducted by a research team of the Laboratory of Neural Systems led by Dr Jaime Eugenín, professor at the Department of Biology of Universidad de satiago, was able to establish the mechanisms for CO2 elimination trough the respiratory system. The study was published in the journal Nature Communications.


The Royal Society of Chemistry publishes works on electrochemistry by researchers at Universidad de Santiago

  • Two important studies in the field of electrochemistry conducted by the research team led by Dr Federico Tasca, in collaboration with Dr José Zagal, were recently published by the Royal Society of Chemistry. Dr Tasca says that having their studies published in journals of this association gives them international visibility.



Researchers develop low-cost sunlight-based water decontaminant

  • The project led by Dr Diego Venegas-Yazigi, professor at the Faculty of Chemistry and Biology and researcher at the Center for the Development of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (CEDENNA, in Spanish) of Universidad de Santiago de Chile, improved the efficiency of a titanium oxide-based material to remove organic waste from irrigation water by using sunlight.



Researchers at Universidad de Santiago optimize method to produce lactose-free milk

  • In a press conference with foreign and national media organized by Fundación Imagen Chile, Dr Renato Chávez, professor at the Department of Biology of Universidad de Santiago, presented the project IDeA-FONDEF ‘Enzima de origen Antártico con actividad beta-galactosidasa, altamente eficiente en deslactosar leche a baja temperatura’. The study seeks to mass-produce lactose-free products like milk powder, manjar, cheese and yoghurt.


Scientists found marine alga that shares features with animal neurons

  • The study led Dr Alejandra Moenne, researcher at the Faculty of Chemistry and Biology of Universidad de Santiago, establishes that the marine alga Ulva compressa behaves in a similar way to neurons; therefore, it is likely that the amino acids and neurotransmitters that they release have an impact on the alga itself and on algae nearby. The results were published in July in the Algal Research journal.


Researchers create method to obtain gold and silver nanoparticles with anti-cancer properties

  • Dr Antonio Castillo Nara, researcher at the Faculty of Chemistry and Biology and head of the Laboratory of Fungal Virology of Universidad de Santiago de Chile, after four years of research created a method that allows to obtain gold and silver nanoparticles through an ecofriendly process, using extracts from leaves and fruits for its synthesis.


Researcher at Universidad de Santiago works on bioactive compounds to develop functional food

  • By using plant resources and their bioactive properties, Dr Andrea Silva Weiss, researcher at the Department of Food Science and Technology of Universidad de Santiago de Chile, has developed functional, healthy and innocuous ingredients for food industry.



Universidad de Santiago participated in the Open EUREKA Innovation Week 2017

  • Dr Luis Magne, the director of the Department of Technology Management of the Vice Presidency of Research, Development and Innovation, represented Universidad de Santiago de Chile at the Open Eureka Innovation 2017. This activity allows companies in Chile and in six European countries of the Eureka Network to apply for competitive funds to support industrial research and development.

The Aquaculture Biotechnology Center opens new Fish Experimental Unit

  • The new unit will allow to double the volume of fish in the facilities, expand the research lines and improve the research standards regarding the well-being and biosafety of fish. Dr Eugenio Spencer, director of the Aquaculture Biotechnology Center, highlights the possibilities that the new unit will open for the researchers at the Center.