Our Institute

In a global world, efficiency in food production and food safety are key for conceiving sustainable development. And, even though Chile has a strong economy based on agriculture, paradoxically it has not devoted systematic efforts in advancing plant and fungal sciences to face these challenges.

Understanding how plants and fungi perceive the environment allows conceiving effective plant nutrition strategies, as well as designing better alternatives in the control of plant pathogens and the development of biotechnological solutions.

The long-term goal of the Millennium Institute for Integrative Biology (iBio) is to understand how environmental perturbations control plant and fungal properties as individuals, and also as interacting entities. These studies consider the effect of genetic variability, abiotic perturbations (nitrogen, light, temperature), biological interactions (beneficial or detrimental) and the molecular mechanisms that govern time-dependent genetic programs, such as circadian and developmental processes.

Through an ambitious plan based on new open source synthetic biology technologies, integrative bioinformatics, systems biology, cutting-edge genomics, and molecular genetics approaches we aspire to advance the understanding of the genetic responses of plant and fungi to environmental cues.

Researchers


Rodrigo A. Gutiérrez

Deputy Director


Pontificia Universidad Católica

Roberto Nespolo

Adjunct Researcher


Universidad Austral

Paulo Canessa

Associated Researcher


Universidad Andres Bello

Luis Larrondo

Director


Pontificia Universidad Católica

Javier Canales

Adjunct Researcher


Universidad Austral

Francisco Salinas

Adjunct researcher


Universidad de Santiago

Francisco Cubillos

Associated Researcher


Universidad de Santiago

Francisca Blanco

Adjunct Researcher


Universidad Andres Bello

Fernán Federici

Associated Researcher


Pontificia Universidad Católica

Elena Vidal

Associated Researcher


Universidad Mayor