Claudio Soto, PhD, earned his doctorate from the University of Chile in 1993 and was a postdoctoral fellow at the Catholic University of Chile and at the New York University School of Medicine, where he became an assistant professor of research in 1995. Between 1999 and 2003, Dr Soto was senior scientist, chairman of the Department of Molecular Neurobiology and senior executive scientific advisor at Serono International in Switzerland. Between 2003 and 2008, he served as director of the George and Cynthia Mitchell Center for Neurodegenerative Diseases and professor at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston.
For the past 20 years, his group has engaged in research into the molecular basis of neurodegenerative diseases associated to the misfolding and brain accumulation of proteins. His work has led to the development of novel strategies for treatment and diagnosis of these diseases. He has published more than 140 peer-reviewed scientific publications and contributed to more than 20 books, including one written entirely by Dr. Soto. He has received numerous awards and has been an invited speaker at more than 150 international scientific meetings.