Felipe Court

Director, Center for Integrative Biology

I studied biology in Chile working as an undergraduate in the lab of Dr. Jaime Alvarez in local protein synthesis in axons. I then moved to Europe and obtained an MSc and later a Ph.D. at Edinburgh University working in the labs of Dr. Richard Ribchester and Dr. Peter Brophy. Holding an EMBO postdoctoral fellowship, I moved to the lab of Dr. Laura Feltri in Milano, Italy.

My research has been focused in studying the relationship between glial cells and neurons in different biological processes, including axonal degeneration, regeneration and intracellular transfer of cargoes. For this, we use models of axonal degeneration and regeneration in vivo and in vitro, including models of optic and sciatic nerve regeneration and spinal cord injury.

Universidad Mayor
Tel: +562 2328 1334

Daniela Rebolledo

Senior Research Assistant 

I am a Biochemist from Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile (PUC) and PhD in Cell and Molecular Biology from the same university. My PhD thesis research was performed at the Physiology and Biophysics department, University of Washington. My research has focused on the physiology of the neuromuscular system and the pathological mechanisms behind neuromuscular disorders of diverse etiology.

Génesis Vega

Postdoctoral fellow

Bachelor’s degree in Biochemistry at the Universidad Austral de Chile. PhD in Sciences with mention in cellular and molecular biology at the Universidad Austral de Chile carried out at CECs and University of Heidelberg. Studying the role of NAD+ imbalance in the activation of necrosome and dysfunction of mitochondrial metabolism in chemotherapy-induced axonal degeneration in aged peripheral neurons.

Karina Girardi do Carmo

Postdoctoral fellow

Biologist, Ph.D., and MSc in Cell and Molecular Biology from Oswaldo Cruz Foundation (Fiocruz/RJ). Studying age-dependent decline of regenerative capacity in the peripheral nervous system. Mainly focusing on the contribution of metabolic profile of aging Schwann cells in senescence and particularly exploring the epithelial-mesenchymal transition (EMT) like process.

Felipe Véliz Valverde

PhD Student

Msc Neuroscience. Neurobiology PhD student at Universidad Mayor. I´m interested in understand the  effects of exercise in the aging brain. Skeletal muscle can crosstalk with the brain by myokines, triggering neuroprotective effects.  The aim question of my work is whether some myokines can protects against axonal degeneration by a necroptotic-dependent mechanism.

Camila Duran

Research Assitant

Molecular Biotechnology Engineer from the University of Chile with experience in the study of the cellular and molecular mechanisms of Cdk5 (kinase) involved in peripheral nociception, specifically in its participation in orofacial pain signaling (odontoblasts, trigeminal ganglion and spinal trigeminal nucleus).

Renata Gallardo

Research Assitant

I studied Medical Technology at the Universidad Mayor acquiring knowledge in histological techniques, immunohistochemistry and immunofluorescence. I am interested in learning more from the world of neurosciences and related pathologies to find new treatments to improve the quality of life in aging.

José Manuel Araya

Research Assitant

I’m a biotechnologist from Universidad Mayor, I carried out my thesis project in the Millennial Nucleus for the Study of Pain and I focused on studying how the expression profile of Cdk5 changes in dorsal root ganglia of a mouse model for neuropathic pain induced by a chronic constriction injury in the sciatic nerve. I’m very excited to start my research career here and elucidate treatments for aging diseases.

Rodrigo Leiva

Research Assitant

B.Sc(hons) degree in Neuroscience from the University of Glasgow and M.Sc in Integrative Neuroscience from the University of Edinburgh. I’m currently working on the role of axonal necroptosis and inflammation in the dopaminergic neurons of the nigrostriatal pathway in Parkinson’s Disease to assess it as a potential therapeutic target through the inhibition of RIPK3.

Patricio Contreras

Undergraduate Student

Biotechnology student from Universidad Mayor, I’m currently doing my undergraduate thesis in neuronal ensembles, trying to understand how these ensembles can help us understand the role of necroptosis in ageing, specifically in cortical neuron cells, and how can these effects be treated with geroprotectors and AAV delivered shRNA’s.

José Ángel Landa

Lab Manager

Business Manager from Universidad Privada del Estado de Morelos, México.

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Past members

  • Eileen Collyer – Postdoc, UCSD
  • Sebastián Barrientos – Bachelor in Biology, Ph,D
  • Juan S. Jara – Universite de Paris, Faculte des Sciences
  • David Cajas – 4th year Biochemistry student at Catholic
  • Diego Reginensi – MSc in Neuroscience
  • Rosario Villegas – Postdoc, PUC
  • Valeria Godoy – Postdoc
  • Vania Macias – Pregrado Student
  • Nicolas Martinez – Phd Student
  • Diego Hernández – PhD Student
  • Mónica Perez – Electron Microscopy
  • Claudia Carcamo – Research Assistant
  • Mario Sanhueza – Postdoctoral fellow
  • Mariela Araya – Postdoctoral fellow
  • Luis Valenzuela – Postdoctoral fellow
  • Cristian Valdebenito – Undergraduate Student
  • Pamela Rojas – Biochemistry student PUC
  • Javiera Villar – Biochemistry student at U. de Chile
  • Joaquín Cerca – Biochemist
  • Bruno Cisternas – MSc in Neuroscience
  • Cheryg Chavez – Lab. Manager
  • Álvaro Sánchez – Postdoc
  • Frederic Picou – Postdoc
  • Vicente Figueroa – Pregrado Student
  • Jaime Álvarez – Medical Doctor
  • Paula Diaz – Research Assistant
  • Claudia Orellana-Tavra – Postdoctoral fellow
  • Angelica Jaramillo – Research Assistant
  • Cristian Saquel – Research Assistant


    Cristian Saquel – Research Assistant

  • Valentina Haro – Postdoctoral fellow
  • Gabriela Caceres – Research Assistant
  • Gerard Ill-Raga – Postdoctoral, Brazil
  • Alejandra López – P. Universidad Catolica de Chile
  • Vicente Valenzuela – MSc in Biotechnology.
  • Hugo Penailillo – Undergraduate student, Biology
  • Beatriz Díaz – Biologist
  • Fernanda Espinoza – Lab Manager
  • Constanza Miller – Lab Proyect
  • Alfredo Araneda – Pregrado Student
  • Carolina Chávez – Lab Manager
  • Cristian de Gregorio – Postdoctoral fellow
  • Maritza Oñate – PhD
  • Rodrigo López-Leal – Postdoctoral fellow
  • Alejandra Palma – Research Assistant
  • Victor Cueva – Research Assistant
  • Romina Catalán – Research Assistant
  • Natalia Salvadores – Postdoctoral fellow
  • Sergio Benites – Postdoctoral fellow
  • Alejandra Catenaccio – Research fellow
  • Macarena Arrazola – Postdoctoral fellow
  • Francisco Moya – Postdoctoral fellow
  • Cristian Geronimo – Postdoctoral fellow
  • Pedro Briceño – Research Assistant
  • Nicole Letelier – Postdoctoral fellow
  • Giannina Massoni – Research Assistant
  • Andres Fuentes – PhD Student
  • Francisco Muññoz – PhD Student
  • Enso Torres – PhD Student
  • David Necuñir – Research Assistant