Doctorado en ciencias biológicas con mención en ciencias fisiológicas


natural Sciences


Biological Sciences

Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile (Casa Central)

Pontifical Catholic University of Chile (Central House)

  • City: Santiago,
  • Commune: Santiago,
  • Region: Metropolitan Region

The objective of the mention in Physiological Sciences is to train scientists of the highest level with an integrative vision of biology. This means the development of the ability to integrate the cellular and molecular mechanisms that govern cellular function in the context of its native environment. This allows us to understand the functional relationship of the different cell types that make up living organisms. The research of our graduates uses biophysical, molecular, cellular, pharmacological approaches and animal models to study in an integrated way the physiology of the nervous, muscular, cardiovascular, reproductive, renal and respiratory systems. Thus, our research allows us to visualize repair or regeneration mechanisms in case of damage or pathological alterations caused by trauma, diabetes, hypoxia, environmental toxins, cancer or degenerative diseases.

Applicant Profile

It must be a student who seeks to obtain advanced training oriented to biological research, through which the student acquires competencies, deepens and expands knowledge, capacities and abilities required for high-level research in biology limited to one of the four established mentions: Cellular and Molecular Biology, Physiological Sciences, Ecology and Molecular Genetics and Microbiology. In addition, they must be in possession of the academic degree of bachelor or master, awarded by Chilean universities. In case of having academic degrees of foreign origin, these must be equivalent to those mentioned.

Graduate profile

To train PhDs in biological sciences capable of responding to the demands of today's society, a competency profile and a curriculum focused on learning is an opportunity for PhD students to achieve autonomy and excellence as current and future researchers.

Lines of investigation

Cell communication and adhesion

Nervous system

Endocrine system

Vascular system