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Dr. Andrea Rivas Aravena was graduated as Biochemist at Universidad de Santiago de Chile. In 2009 she got her Ph.D. in Sciences, mention in Molecular and Cellular Biology at the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, working on the regulation of translation initiation of HIV-1 full-length mRNA, under supervision of  Dr. Marcelo López.  The same year, she started a postdoc on the study of the viral replicative cycle of fish viruses as Infectious Salmon Anemia Virus (ISAV), salmonid alphavirus (SAV), and Infectious Pancreatic Necrosis Virus (IPNV) and their interaction with the host mediated by the immune system. Since 2015 she is a researcher at the Comisión Chilena de Energía Nuclear. Her research group is divided into two areas that involve the study of the regulation of the initiation translation of IPNV, and the interaction of ionizing radiation with viruses and other biology system.