Principal Investigator:  Carlos J. Blondel, PhD.

Carlos is a biochemist from Universidad de Chile, same place where he obtained his PhD in 2011 working under the mentorship of Dr. Inés Contreras and  Dr. Carlos Santiviago, studying both the regulation of LPS biosynthesis in Shigella flexneri and Salmonella enterica and the identification of Type VI Secretion Systems in Salmonella.

 

In 2013, he was named PEW Latin American Fellow in the Biomedical Sciences and he joined the laboratory of HHMI Investigator Dr. Matthew K. Waldor at Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women´s Hospital for his postdoctoral trainning. During his postdoctoral trainning under Dr. Waldor´s mentorship, he studied the molecular mechanisms that underlie the virulence of bacterial pathogens such as the pandemic Vibrio parahaemolyticus O3:K6 and Enterohemorrhagic Escherichia coli (EHEC) serotype O157:H7 and he used CRISPR/Cas9-based genetic screens to identify host factors that promote human susceptibility to the toxic action of Vibrio parahaemolyticus' two Type III Secretion Systems (T3SS).

In 2017, he was selected as an HHMI-Gulbenkian International Research Scholar. Dr. Blondel currently investigates the emergence of human pathogens by studying their molecular weaponry and how virulence emerges from coincidental evolution due to their adaptation to the environment and their respective ecological niches.

Verónica Bravo

Senior Postdoctoral Fellow

Verónica is a Veterinarian and has a PhD in Biomedical Sciences from Universidad de Chile. Her research is focused in understanding the mechanisms that underlie the emergence and transmission of zoonotic agents from the animal to the human host. She is currently working on the interaction of V. parahaemolyticus with bacteriovorous protists and studying the mechanisms underlying Campylobacter transmission from poultry to humans.

Sebastián Jeréz

Research Assistant

Sebastián is a Biochemist and holds a Masters degree from Universidad Nacional Andres Bello. He worked as an undergraduate at the laboratory of Dr. Guido Mora studying how MarT regulates S. Typhi. He is currently working studying the mechanisms of secretion by the T3SS2 of V. parahaemolyticus.

 

Nicolás Plaza 

Graduate Student

Nicolás is a Biotechnology Engineer and currently a graduate student from the PhD program in Biomedical Sciences of Universidad Autónoma de Chile. He is currently working on novel effector proteins from the T3SS2 of V. parahaemolyticus.

Past Lab Members

Pía Lopez

Sofía Espinoza

Medical Technologists

Universidad San Sebastián 

Rossmarie Pincheira

Biotechnology

Universidad de la Frontera

Diliana Perez-Reytor

PhD. Biomedical Sciences

Universidad Autónoma de Chile

Join the Blondel Lab!​

If you are intrigued about microbes and want to tackle some of the most interesting unsolved problems in infectious disease research, you have come to the right place!

Undergraduate and Graduate students: 

We look forward to welcoming rotation students to the lab.

Postdoctoral Researchers:
We welcome applications from highly motivated researchers. We currently have funding for undergratuated, graduate and selected Postdoctoral fellows.

 

For additional funding candidates can also apply to Chile's FONDECYT Postdoctoral Grants. Please contact us if you are interested to join our lab. The deadline for FONDECYT grants are on august of each year. More info in this link.

Interested in joining the team?

Send an email to carlos.blondel(at)uautonoma.cl !