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Pablo Valenzuela Valdés (1941)


Pablo Valenzuela is a Biochemist from Universidad de Chile. In 2002, he was award the Premio Nacional de Ciencias Aplicadas y Tecnología (National Award for Applied and Technological Sciences)due to the vast influence of his technological findings. He created the first vaccine against hepatitis B and discovered the virus that causes hepatitis C. Another of his scientific breakthroughs was to lead a group of the American-based company Chiron into the cloning and sequencing of the genome of the AIDS virus.
The career of this scientist of the Faculty of Biological Sciences, UC, is very extensive. After receiving his PhD and postdoctorate in the USA, he returned to Chile and became head of the Biochemistry Laboratory in 1971. Along with professors Federico Leighton and Juan de Dios Vial Correa, former Chancellor of this university, they created the first PhD program in Biological Sciences.
Nowadays, he is an academic of the Faculty of Biological Sciences, Universidad Católica and director of the Instituto de Biología Fundamental y Aplicada (Institute of the Fundamental and Applied Biology) of the Millenium Scientific Initiative. He is President of the Fundación Ciencia para la Vida (Science for Life Foundation).

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