Biosketchs Simposio Chile – SBBq Brasil: “Outreach, scientific education and the social role of science”

Biosketchs Simposio Chile – SBBq Brasil: “Outreach, scientific education and the social role of science”


María José Gallardo Nelson

María José Gallardo is a biochemist from the University of Chile. He completed the undergraduate thesis in the Faculty of Sciences of the same University. The thesis was oriented in microbiology and molecular biology studying specifically the mechanisms of bacterial communication. In 2007 he began his postgraduate studies at the University of Chile, where he worked on the study of biological macromolecules, with a focus on biophysics of proteins involved in bacterial communication mechanisms. She worked as a postdoctoral researcher in the Optical Trapping and Microscopy Laboratory of the Center for Optics and Photonics (CEFOP) of the University of Concepción between 2011 and 2018. She currently works at Lab4U, a scientific education company whose objective is to democratize access to science in Latin America. She is also a teacher of the courses «Scientific Culture: Outreach and Education» and «Scientific Culture Workshop» at the University of Chile.



Daniela Seelenfreund

Daniela Seelenfreund is a graduate in Biochemistry from the Universidad de Chile and obtained her PhD at the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile. She teaches molecular biology at the Facultad de Ciencias Químicas y Farmacéuticas, Universidad de Chile since 1989. From 1990 to 1997 she collaborated with Luz María Pérez’ group on the response of Citrus limon against fungal pathogens. From 2004 to 2010 she worked with Pilar Durruty on the genetics of diabetes complications, particularly on polymorphisms associated to diabetic nephropathy. Currently, she is involved in a research line that uses genetic tools to understand past human history. In particular, the settlement of the Pacific by tracking the Austronesian expansion using paper mulberry (Broussonetia papyrifera) as a proxy of human movement. She participated in the development of a new course on communication and outreach for undergraduate biochemistry students. She coordinates the Master’s program in Biochemistry and was Head of the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at the Facultad de Ciencias Químicas y Farmacéuticas, Universidad de Chile.


Carlo Apablaza Ávila

Carlo Apablaza has a Master in Philosophy degree and his research focuses on topics related to the General Philosophy of Science, Scientific Relativism and Science Technology and Society studies (STS). Co-founder of the ‘Group of Analytical Philosophy Studies’ of the University of Chile and current secretary of the ‘Philosophy and Sciences Conferences Rolando Chuaqui Kettlun’. He has participated as a visiting professor at the Faculty of Dentistry and of Chemical and Pharmaceutical Sciences of the University of Chile. He won a CONICYT scholarship and the academic collaboration scholarship from the University of Chile. His research is about the benefits of teaching Philosophy of Science on scientific literacy and scientific education of citizens. He is investigating new models to provide information that improve scientific communication.   

María Paz Bertoglia Arredondo

María Paz Bertoglia is a kinesiologist with a robust academic background in research methodologies. MSc in Epidemiology, MSc in biostatistics and PhD candidate in Public Health. Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Medicine, Universidad de Chile, Chile. She has coordinated health teams at national and international levels and has worked for the Pan-American Health Organization and the Public Health Institute in Chile, among other academic and health institutions. Now in the academia, she is dedicated to public health research, teaching and science communication in social media. Member of the Immunization Advisory Committee at the Chilean Infectology Society, Santiago and Vice-president of the Chilean Epidemiology Society. Member of the Editor Board at Social Medical Notebooks, Medical College, Santiago. Dr. Bertoglia is also a founding member of the outreach blog



Eduardo Galembeck

Eduardo Galembeck is an Associate Professor at the University of Campinas (Brazil). In 1993 he earned a bachelor degree in Biology by the Sao Paulo State University. In 1994 he moved to the University of Campinas where he obtained masters (1996) and doctoral (1999) degrees in Biochemistry, and was hired as Assistant Professor in the same year he earned his doctoral degree. He moved twice to the US as a visiting scholar at the University of Pennsylvania in 2002 and Purdue University in 2012/2013. The focus of his doctoral research was on Biochemistry Education. His current research interests cover the uses of technology in Biochemistry and Biology Education, especially those related to the low-cost equipment building for local or remote operation for authentic science inquiry learning. 



Silvia R.T. Prado

Silvia R.T. Prado has a PhD in Biochemistry Sciences at Federal University of Paraná (UFPR). She works in the field of experimental biochemistry, biological evaluation and pharmacological biochemistry of synthetic compounds that are prototypes to drugs and has experience in cell culture, basic biochemistry, metabolic biochemistry and clinical biochemistry. Professor at the University of Vale do Itajaí (UNIVALI) in the disciplines of Clinical Biochemistry and Coordination and Supervision of Internships in Clinical Analyses. She is also Professor of Medical Biochemistry Metabolic Biochemistry and Biophysics in Biological Sciences, with an emphasis in Biotechnology. She has participated in the Organizing Committee of the Congress of Pharmacy and Clinical Analysis for four years and other academic events. Her interest in outreach and scientific communication is related to her teaching experience as a tutor of the Introduction to Clinical Reasoning Course at the Medicine using collaborative learning methodology combining biochemistry, art and literature. She is now a temporary professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at the Federal University of Paraná, Brazil.