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Dra. Veronica Burzio is a Senior Investigator at Fundación Ciencia & Vida and Andes Biotechnologies, and Assistant Professor at Universidad Andrés Bello in Santiago, Chile. She is a Biochemistry graduate from the Universidad Austral de Chile and PhD in Molecular and Cell Biology and Neuroscience from the Universidad de Chile. For several years Dr. Burzio has done research in the field of molecular bases of cancer, including cell signaling and molecular biology and has published in several peer-reviewed journals. She is also author of several International Patents and Patent Applications in the field of cancer. At present she is investigating the function of the novel family of the long noncoding mitochondrial RNAs in tumorigenesis, its utility as targets for cancer therapy, as well as the molecular mechanisms underlying selective cell death and inhibition of tumorigenical traits of tumor cells, induced by knockdown of members of this family of transcripts.