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Claudio Hetz Flores, PhD

Full Professor at Institute of Biomedical Sciences, University of Chile

Adjunct Assistant Professor at Harvard School of Public Health

Location: Santiago Chile

Dr. Claudio Hetz was trained as a biotechnology engineer at the University of Chile and completed a PhD in biomedical sciences at the Serono Pharmaceutical Research Institute in Switzerland. He then performed his post-doctoral training at Harvard University. He joined the University of Chile during 2007 and is currently full professor at the Faculty of Medicine and adjunct professor at Harvard. He is also currently the co-director of the Biomedical Neuroscience Institute. His research focuses on understanding the molecular basis of protein folding stress and its relationship to pathological conditions affecting the nervous system, including Parkinson´s disease, and the development of prototypic strategies to prevent neuronal damage. He has received important awards including the KIA International Award and the TWAS-ROLAC Young Scientist Prize as an outstanding young scientist in Latin America. He was also a finalist for the Eppendorf and Science Award in Neurobiology and was awarded the Cell Biology Society and Bios-Chile prize as the best young scientist in Chile.

Associated Grants

  • Gene Therapy to Restore Protein Imbalance in Parkinson's Disease


  • Targeting the Stress Sensor PERK for the Treatment of Parkinson´s Disease


  • Targeting the Unfolded Protein Response (UPR) Transcription Factor XBP1 to Alleviate Neurodegeneration Triggered by Alpha-synuclein


  • Targeting the Unfolded Protein Response (UPR) Transcription Factor XBP-1 to Treat Parkinson's Disease


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