PHD STUDENTS GO TO MEXICO TO ADVANCE IN THEIR RESEARCH WORK
BARBARA CANALES AND FRANCISCO VALDÉS, FROM THE DOCTORATE IN SCIENCES MENTION IN RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT OF BIOACTIVE PRODUCTS, OBTAINED THE PACIFIC ALLIANCE SCHOLARSHIP.
March 24, 2017
Two PhD students from the Institute of Chemistry of Natural Resources were awarded the Pacific Alliance scholarship to enable them to undertake an internship at the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) to deepen their research concerning cancer treatment, in the context of their respective theses to get the doctorate.
Barbara Arévalo and Francisco Valdés chose the UNAM for its prestige and because in their case they have the support of researchers from that institution.
Francisco Valdés will stay three months working at the Phenomics Laboratory of the Department of Graduate Studies, to deepen and complement his study on the synthesis of semi-synthetic compounds similar to adenosine derivatives, which will be tested in tumor lines of cancer.
For her part, Barbara Arévalo, who will do research at the Institute of Chemistry of the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM), develops her thesis on the synthesis of blocking compounds for the TASK family of potassium channels, which act at the cellular level. According to a work plan, the first part was to synthesize blocking compounds and later, during a two-month stay in Germany, she subjected them to biological tests. "I will now stay in Mexico for a month and a half, during which time I intend to do cytotoxicity tests to see if these compounds have any anti-cancer action," she said.
Both graduate students also stressed the possibility of expanding UTALCA’s and UNAM’s collaboration networks in the area of chemistry research.
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