Our board 2018

Coordinator Amsterdam

Francisco Cerón : Francisco is PhD candidate at the Sociology department of the University of Amsterdam and affiliated with the Amsterdam Institute for Social Science Research (AISSR), Amsterdam Centre for Inequality Studies (AMCIS), and the programme group Institutions, Inequalities and Life courses (IIL). His PhD research focuses on the social processes that generates inequalities in individual educational outcomes, both academic performance and decision-making in access to educational opportunities over time, in Chile as country case. His research interests include the sociology of education, social stratification and mobility, labour market outcomes, educational inequality as well as quantitative methodology. He has extensive experience in empirical research and public policy, in both private and public organizations. He holds a and a master degree in sociology from the Pontifical Catholic University of Chile and a master's degree in social policy (research) from the London School of Economics and Political Science. For his academic work on his thesis in this programme he won the IEA Bruce H. Choppin Memorial Award 2014, conferred by the International Association for the Evaluation of Educational Achievement (IEA).

Coordinator Delft

Alejandro Prieto : Architect and MSc in Architecture from Universidad Católica de Chile (PUC), specializing in energy efficiency and climate design. Currently he is following a PhD as part of the Façade Research Group in the Department of Architectural Engineering and Technology of TU Delft, focusing in the integration of solar cooling technologies into the curtain-wall.
His professional interests revolve around climate responsive façade design, energy efficiency in office buildings, and low energy cooling strategies and systems. Alejandro was born in Santiago, Chile and he resides in the Netherlands since 2014. Throughout his professional career he has performed functions in architectural design and climate design consultancy, along with research and teaching activities in the field of building technologies.

Coordinator Groningen

Natalia Smith-Cortínez : Natalia did her bachelor studies in Biochemistry at Universidad de Chile, Santiago, Chile, where she conducted her thesis in the Cellular Metabolism and Bioenergetics lab under the tuition of Dr. César Cardenas studying the role of calcium communication through mitochondria and ER via Inositol 3-Phosphate Receptors (IP3R) in tumor cell migration and invasion. In 2016 she started a PhD in the University of Groningen, The Netherlands in biomedical sciences. She is currently in the third year of her PhD in the laboratory of hepatology and gastroenterology in the University Medical Center Groningen (UMCG) under the tuition of Dr. Klaas Nico Faber funded by a CONICYT scholarship. Her research focuses on the mechanisms that drive liver fibrosis and other liver diseases to reveal new therapeutic targets to treat this diseases. Her research is conducted mainly with primary culture of rat hepatic stellate cells, mediators of liver fibrosis, primary culture of human hepatic stellate cells via collaboration with a research group in Germany and an human hepatic stellate cells cell line. She is currently working with a new culture approach where she grows human/animal liver-derived stem cells in a 3D culture called liver organoids. This methodology will allow her to further study the liver and the progression to different diseases.
She has participated as a member of IN.NL since 2016 and participates in the directive of IN.NL as In-NL representative in RECH and recently as Groningen region representative.

Coordinator Wageningen

Lucía Frez: Lucía is a fulltime Guest PhD student from Santiago, Chile. Regarding her background, she got a bachelor in Biotechnology Engineering and a MSc in Plant Biotechnology in her home country. In 2013 she started a MSc in Food Quality Management at Wageningen University and Research (WUR) in order to expand her knowledge on food quality and consumer sciences. During her MSc thesis she studied the influence of product familiarity in the perceptions and preferences of consumers for canned whole peeled tomatoes in a cross-country study (Italy, The Netherlands and Chile). Interesting results were found, which allowed her to publish the findings in a scientific journal. Currently she is writing a book chapter on this topic.
After obtaining her master’s degree in 2015, she got a Chilean scholarship to pursue a PhD in the Food Quality and Design Group at WUR. During her PhD, she will study the impact of globalisation, context factors, and product familiarity on consumer’s perceptions and choice of ethnic foods.

General coordinator

Felipe Perona : PhD candidate in the Biomedical Engineering department of the University of Groningen. Felipe studied Electronic Engineering at the Universidad Técnica Federico Santa María (Valparaíso, Chile) and obtained the master degree in Biomedical Engineering at the University of Groningen, (the Netherlands). His research is focused on investigating the use of the nitrogen-vacancy center in diamonds as a sensor to measure the magnetic noise produced by reactive oxygen species inside living cells. His research is conducted in the Bioimaging and Bioanalysis group supervised by Dr Romana Schirhagl. Felipe also has working experience in embedded systems development and project managing.

Communication

Carmina Rodríguez : Carmina Rodriguez Hidalgo (Master in Communication Science University of Amsterdam, journalist and bachelor in communication studies, Universidad de Chile) conducts research in the field of media psychology. She is a PhD candidate at the Amsterdam School of Communications Research (ASCoR). Her PhD topic focuses on the psychological effects of socially sharing emotions in social media, for which she has conducted quantitative research studies both in Chile and The Netherlands.
Her master thesis in communications studied the psychological implications of online sharing on Facebook with a focus on personal privacy. In the Netherlands, she teaches bachelor students in communication at the University of Amsterdam. Since 2015, she has participated in IN.NL, the network of Chilean researchers in The Netherlands, where she handles external communications. She also publishes articles with some regularity in Chilean newspapers, such as Diario Concepción.
Before joining academia, Carmina worked as journalist in several (English) media outlets in Santiago, Chile, such as the Reuters news agency and Chile’s only English newspaper, The Santiago Times.
Carmina’s academic research interests and expertise are media psychology & effects, emotion, social network sites and computer-mediated communication. She is interested in conducting research that has implications for theory-building, as well as relevance for practice and policy.

Treasurer

Begoña Arellano




Public Relations

César Oyarce : In 2003 César Oyarce Díaz began his undergraduate studies at the Universidad de Chile and obtained his bachelors degree in Biochemistry in 2008. After performing thesis work about GSK3-beta function during cardiomyocyte hypertrophy induced by testosterone with Dr. Manuel Estrada at Cellular Endocrinology laboratory in the Universidad de Chile, he was awarded his title of Biochemist (Masters equivalent) by Universidad de Chile in 2010.
César Oyarce Díaz received his PhD degree in Biomedical Sciences from University of Chile in 2015. He performed his PhD work under the supervision of both Dr. Alvaro Lladser (Gene Immunotherapy lab, Fundación Ciencia & Vida) and Prof. Dr. Andrew Quest (Cellular Communication lab, Faculty of Medicine, Universidad de Chile). His thesis work was about the role of caveolin-1 in Dendritic cell migration to induce CD8 T cell activation during anti-tumoral response.
He is currently working as Postdoctoral researcher with Prof. Dr. Toos Daemen in the University Medical Center Groningen, in tumor micro-environment metabolism modifications to improve immunotherapies.

Chair

Luz María Vergara : Luz María is a PhD candidate in the Department of Management in the Built Environment at the Faculty of Architecture in Delft University of Technology. Her PhD project focuses on condominium management and the role of third sector organisations supporting low-income homeowners in the maintenance of their properties. She is an architect and holds a MSc in Architecture from Universidad Católica de Chile (Catholic University of Chile).
Throughout her professional career she has performed functions in architectural design, independent consultancy, research and teaching. Her research interests are related to the role of civil society organisations in vulnerable contexts. She is interested in understanding how societal requirements can be incorporated in housing design processes and management services through collaborative methods and bottom-up approaches, especially in the Global South. Currently, she is coordinator and lecturer in the MOOC Rethink the City: New Approaches to Global and Local Urban Challenges, organised by the faculty of Architecture of TU Delft.

Coordinator RECH

Natalia Smith-Cortínez : Natalia did her bachelor studies in Biochemistry at Universidad de Chile, Santiago, Chile, where she conducted her thesis in the Cellular Metabolism and Bioenergetics lab under the tuition of Dr. César Cardenas studying the role of calcium communication through mitochondria and ER via Inositol 3-Phosphate Receptors (IP3R) in tumor cell migration and invasion. In 2016 she started a PhD in the University of Groningen, The Netherlands in biomedical sciences. She is currently in the third year of her PhD in the laboratory of hepatology and gastroenterology in the University Medical Center Groningen (UMCG) under the tuition of Dr. Klaas Nico Faber funded by a CONICYT scholarship. Her research focuses on the mechanisms that drive liver fibrosis and other liver diseases to reveal new therapeutic targets to treat this diseases. Her research is conducted mainly with primary culture of rat hepatic stellate cells, mediators of liver fibrosis, primary culture of human hepatic stellate cells via collaboration with a research group in Germany and an human hepatic stellate cells cell line. She is currently working with a new culture approach where she grows human/animal liver-derived stem cells in a 3D culture called liver organoids. This methodology will allow her to further study the liver and the progression to different diseases.
She has participated as a member of IN.NL since 2016 and participates in the directive of IN.NL as In-NL representative in RECH and recently as Groningen region representative.