“New Frontiers: From Bioinformatics to Bionanotechnology” was the title of the conference that the Director of the Center for Bioinformatics and Integrative Biology (CBIB) from Universidad Andrés Bello, Dr. Fernando Danilo González Nilo, offered at the inauguration of the academic year of the Master in Biochemistry and Bioinformatics of Universidad de Concepción, last Friday, April 21.Invited by the Director of the program, Dr. Violeta Morín, Dr. González Nilo gave a lecture inspired in his work at CBIB, under the mission of develop innovative strategies to combine the benefits of computational methods and experimental validation, applied to fields such as genomics, biophysics, bionanotechnology and drug discovery.
Dr. González Nilo presented several projects from CBIB, remarking the extensive work that the Center has done in different areas with collaborative projects with national and international partners, some to discover new pain inhibitor channels to control pain; or other projects regarding personalized medicine, where bionanotechnology and targeting delivery with cancer drugs has reduce toxicity and secondary effects, improving patients life quality after treatments.
The director also focused his conference in the importance of the integration of disciplines and collaborative work.
“At this moment bioinformatics is in a state of advanced maturity, so it is very good that very early students begin to integrate into experimental laboratories. Today the main challenge is to create multidisciplinary teams that mix aspects of computational biology with experimental aspects. This has tremendous potential both in scientific production and in the production of new technologies”, said Dr. González.
His last message to the new master students from UdeC was to never stop questioning things.
“The challenge now is not find innovative answers to old questions, but to ask new questions, never stop asking”, remarked.
Several authorities from UdeC’s Biological Sciences Faculty participated: Dr. Darcy Ríos, Sub-Director of Postgraduate Studies; Dr. Ana Cabanillas, Vice Dean of the Faculty; Dr. Marta Bunster, Director of the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology; and Dr. Violeta Morín, Director of the Master in Biochemistry and Bioinformatics Program.