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  Steffen Härtel

Steffen Härtel was born in Frankfurt (Ger) and studied physics at the University Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (Frankfurt), at the Universidad de Córdoba (Arg), at the Universidad Austral de Chile (Valdivia, Chile), and at the University of Bremen. He received fellowships of the DAAD and the Bremer Studienfonds. His PhD thesis was honored with summa cum laude and receivformered the ´Bremer Studienpreis´ and the special award of the Bruker Daltonik GmbH. In 2000, he worked at the TZI (Center for Technology and Informatics, Bremen), financed by the DfG. Between 2001 and 2003, he received a Feodor Lynen Fellowship by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation (Ger) in combination with a postdoctoral fellowship of CONICET and worked in Bruno Maggio´s lab at the CIQUIBIQ (Córdoba, Arg). In 2003, he joined Felipe Barros´ lab at the Centro de Estudios Cientificos (CECS, Valdivia, Chile) with a 3-year postdoctoral FONDECYT fellowship. Since 2006, he is leading the Laboratory of Scientific Image Processing (SCIAN-Lab) at the Medical Faculty of the University of Chile. Presently he is an investigator of the Biomedical Neuroscience Institute (BNI), funded by the Millennium Science Initiative in 2011, Sub-Director for investigation of the Instituto de Ciencias Biomédicas ICBM, founder of CEDAI SpA, Director of the first Chilean Center for Digital Pathology CPDAI, Director of the Center for Medical Informatics and Telemedicine (CIMT) and the National Center for Health Information Systems (CENS). Since 2017, he became a full professor of the University of Chile.

+56 9 9885 1801 (cel) ó +56 2 2978 6366 (fijo) ;   Steffen Härtel ;  

  Mauricio Cerda

Mauricio Cerda was born in 1982 in Temuco, Chile. He obtained the B.S. degree on 2006, and Computer Engineer degree on 2007, both from the University of Chile. In 2011 he obtained the Ph.D. degree on Informatique at the INRIA/Loria Laboratory, Université Nancy 2, France supervised by Prof. Bernard Girau in the Cortex Team. The main topics of his PhD thesis were bio-inspired motion detection and perception. Since 2012 he joined the SCIAN-Lab as FONDECYT postdoc working with Steffen Hartel at the Medicine Faculty, Universidad de Chile, Santiago, Chile, where he worked on the quantification of 2D/3D structure in microscopy images. In January 2015 he was appointed Assistant Professor at the same institution. Since then, he works on the quantification of 2D/3D structure and dynamics and structure in microscopy and ultrasound medical images. Also in the analysis of natural language for biomedical applications. He is Subdirector of the Center for Medical Informatics and Telemedicine (CIMT) created in 2015.

+56 2 2978 9641 ;   Mauricio Cerda ;  

  Jocelyn Dunstan

Jocelyn Dunstan was born in 1985 in Santiago, Chile. She obtained her bachelor and master in Physics from the University of Chile, and a PhD in Applied Mathematics from the University of Cambridge, where she investigated fluid patterns in bacterial suspensions. Her career in Public Health started with a postdoctoral fellowship at the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health. From January 2017 she has a researcher position at the School of Public Health, University of Chile, and she was recently appointed adjunct professor at the Program of Anatomy and Developmental Biology. Her main research interests are the study of food patterns and obesity using machine learning methods, and the implementation of energy balance equations to predict body weight changes

+56 2 2978 9665 ;   Jocelyn Dunstan ;  

  German Reig

German Reig was born in 1976 in Argentina. He studied molecular biology at University of San Luis in Argentina and obtained the B.S in 2004. In 2012 he obtained the Ph.D degree on Biomedical Sciences at University of Chile working on developmental biology and using annual fishes as a model organisms. He is currently starting a post-doctoral training at SCIAN-Lab in which he will investigate the importance of cellular adhesion and contact inhibition of cell locomotion as a driving forces of tissue expansion.

+56 2 2978 6436 ;   German Reig ;  

  Victor Castañeda

Victor Castañeda was born in Caracas, Venezuela. He studied Electrical engineering at Universidad de Chile, Santiago, Chile, and obtained his B.S and engineer degree in 2004 and 2005 respectively. In 2012 he obtained his Dr.rer.Nat. degree on computer science at Technische Universität München, Munich, Germany, thanks to his DAAD-CONICYT scholarship, supervised by Dr. Prof. Nassir Navab leader of the chair of Computer Assisted Medical Procedures and Augmented Reality. Since March 2012, he joined to SCIAN-Lab, working with Steffen Härtel at the Medicine Faculty of Universidad de Chile, Santiago, Chile. The main topics of his Ph.D. thesis were the processing of endoscopic images and 3D sensors as Time-Of-Flight cameras and Microsoft Kinect. Currently he works processing spermiogram images at CEDAI, Light-Sheet microscopy and analysis of 2D/3D microscopic images.

+56 2 2978 6266; ;   Victor Castañeda ;  

  Sandra de la Fuente

Phd in Public Health, University of Chile, Masters of Science in Computer Science, University of Chile, Santiago, Chile. Part-time Faculty member in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Chile. My research interests include Medical Informatics, Cancer and Telemedicine, I have professional experience in Clinical Neurophysiology techniques. Currently, I am Project Coordinator for the Medical Informatics Santiago Heidelberg Program

+56 2 2978 6436 ;   Sandra de la Fuente ;  

  Jorge Jara

Computer Science PhD, Universidad de Chile. Civil Engineer in Informatics, Universidad Austral de Chile, Valdivia, Chile. I develop parametric and active contour models for 2D/3D segmentation and characterization of biological structures in confocal microscopy images, combining image processing and computational geometry. I am the author of ALPACA (ALgorithm for Piecewise Adjacent Contour Adjacement) which is an algorithm aimed to detect, quantify, and optimize the contour of adjacent structures in time-lapse microscopy images. Also, I have experience with optical flow algorithms, reproducible research, and teaching in image processing with focus on fluorescence microscopy. I have basic knowledge of interoperability in health information systems which I am currently applying and expanding in a trans-disciplinary software project for digital pathology, with the aim of processing biopsy images for clinical decision support systems and standardized access for biomedical research, training, and development. In parallel, I work with the Biomedical Neuroscience Institute to support research & training of researchers with computational image processing in developmental biology, microbiology, cell biology, and other topics.

+56 2 2978 6436 ;   Jorge Jara ;  

- Post Docs -

  Karina Palma

PhD. Student in Biomedical Sciences, Faculty of Medicine, University of Chile. I am beginning my PhD studies holding a CONICYT PhD Scholarship. My fields of expertise are Inmunofluorescence, Confocal Microscopy, Cell Morphology and 3D image analysis. My interests are in brain development in the zebrafish epithalamus, and trying to understand the morphology and formation of an asymmetric structure, the Parapineal Organ (Ppo) using a 3D Morpho-Topological approach. Also, I am interested in creating informatics tools that allow us to see neuronal projections (axon and dendrites) and neuronal plasticity in the Ppo projections.

+56 2 2978 6436 ;   Karina Palma ;  

  Eduardo Pulgar

Biochemist, University Austral of Chile, Valdivia, Chile. I am starting a doctoral degree in Biomedical Sciences at the Faculty of Medicine, University of Chile holding a CONICYT PhD scholarship. I am involved in a research project that studies the migratory processes and organogenetic transformations of dorsal forerunner cells. We use an experimental method which combines cell biology, molecular biology, 4D confocal microscopy and image analysis. This 3D morpho-topological approach is applied to transgenic and mutant zebrafish strains.

+56 2 2978 6436 ;   Eduardo Pulgar ;  

  Jorge Toledo

I am a biochemist (University of Chile). I have developed my expertise and interest in cell biology, confocal microscopy, and image analysis fields. Currently, I am a PhD student in the Molecular Biology, Cellular and Neurosciences program at the Faculty of Science, University of Chile. In my doctoral research project I study the traffic of proteins through the Endoplasmic Reticulum (ER), by means of micro-FRAPs, image processing, skeletonization. At this regard, my main aim is to generate and develop a mathematical model able to predicts how proteins are transported into the ER. This project is performed at BNI (Biomedical Neuroscience Institute) and SCIAN-Lab. (Couve-Lab)

+56 2 2978 6266 ;   Jorge Toledo ;  

  Pablo Báez

Pablo Báez Benavides was born in Colombia. He is Microbiologist from the University of Antioquia (Medellín, Colombia). In 2013 he obtained his Master in Human Genetics and in 2018 his PhD degree on Biomedical Sciences, both at University of Chile. His main areas of expertise are: statistical analysis of sociodemographic information, genetic linkage analysis and genome wide association studies (GWAS). He is currently starting a post-doctoral position under the sponsorship of Dr. Steffen Härtel at the Center for Medical Informatics and Telemedicine (CIMT) thanks to the bridge scholarship of the Biomedical Neuroscience Institute (BNI), University of Chile. His current work focuses on the development of new informatic tools like databases and registers for the research and monitoring of chronic diseases

+56 9 3573 6935 ;   Pablo Báez ;  

- PhD students -

  Rolando Kindelan

born in 1982 in Santiago de Cuba, Cuba. He obtained the Informatic Science Engineer degree in 2008, from the University of Informatics Sciences, Havana, Cuba. In 2010 he obtained an M.Sc. degree in Applied Informatics, at the same University. From 2003 to 2008 he worked on several virtual reality projects (a shooter simulator, car-race videogame, and surgical simulator). In 2011 he started working on Medical Biophysics Center developing human movement analysis systems to provide biomechanical interpretations of diseases such as Stroke, Ataxias, and Parkinson. In 2012, he participated in a 4-month research internship at the University of New Brunswick (UNB) Canada under the supervision of Prof. Ed Biden, exploring Kinect sensors for markerless analysis of human movements. From 2013 to 2017 he worked on medical applications such as PACS System, developing modules for acquisition, storage, transmission, visualization and processing of Dicom images. Since 2018 he is a Ph.D. student in Computer Sciences at University of Chile under supervision of Ph.D. Nancy Hitschfeld and Ph.D. Mauricio Cerda. Currently, he works on topological data analysis for classification of noisy and high dimensional datasets supported by a grant from CONICYT 2018/BECA DOCTORADO NACIONAL-21181978.

+56 2 2978 6436 ;   Rolando Kindelan ;  

  Paula Llanos

Paula Llanos was born in Temuco, Chile. She obtained the Bioengineer degree in 2010 and M.Sc on Biochemistry and Bioinformatics in 2012 both from Universidad de Concepción. During her thesis headed by Maria de los Ángeles Garcia, Paula studied glucose sensing mechanism in hypothalamus, specifically how Glucokinase is implicated in the food intake regulation. In 2012, Paula joined Carola Millán laboratory to study how circadian clock is implicated in regulating Glucokinase expression through a genetic approach working also in David Rhoads s Lab at Harvard Medical School, Boston, US. In 2016, Paula became a Biomedical Sciences Ph.D. student and joined SCIAN-Lab to study cytoskeleton dynamics during cellular division through microscopy tools and biophysical approaches. In her current work she works mainly in collaboration with Jacques Dumais from Universidad Adolfo Ibañez and Mauricio Cerda from SCIAN-lab.

+56 2 2978 6266 ;   Paula Llanos ;  

  Carlos Cruz

Carlos Cruz works as Assistant Professor at the department of Kinesiology of the Faculty of Medicine, University of Chile. From 2017, he is a PhD student at the University of Valencia (Physiotherapy program), Spain. The main topic of his PhD thesis is the myofascial force transmission and functional implication in patients with haemophilic arthropathy. Focusing on the neuromechanical interaction between uni and biarticular muscles in severe joint damage and the neural drive synergies, combining surface electromyography signals and ultrasound tracking of muscle tissue. The directors of the thesis are Sofía Pérez from University of Valencia, Mauricio Cerda from University of Chile (SCIAN-Lab) and Huub Maas of the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam.

+56 2 2735 4577 ;   Carlos Cruz ;  

- Masters Students -

  Fabian Villena

Dentist and Master in Medical Informatics candidate. Natural Language Processing, Machine Learning and Data Science applied to Healthcare advocate. github.com/fvillena & fabianvillena.cl.

;   Fabian Villena ;  

  José Javier Andrés Carrasco

born in 1992 in Santiago, Chile. He is Physical Therapist, Universidad de Chile. He obtained his bachelor degree and professional title in Physical Therapy on December 2016. Since February 2017 to the present he works in a clinic dedicated to the care of people with musculoskeletal injuries. He collaborates in research related to the analysis of biometric signals dedicated to the study of human motion. He is currently in the fourth semester in the master program in Medical Informatics (Universidad de Chile) and his research focuses on the 3D human pose estimation with a monocular camera and deep learning, with a focus on rehabilitation. Investigation guided by Professor Mauricio Cerda.

+56 2 2978 6266 ;   José Javier Andrés Carrasco ;  

  Leonardo Pizarro

Born in 1989 in Antofagasta, Chile. His undergraduate thesis was titled "Implementation of the Tsunamigenic Alarm and Prediction Integrated System" (SIPAT) for the Computer Science Engineer degree at Santa Maria University in Valparaíso. He is currently a student of the Computer Science Master's program at Universidad de Chile, with his thesis being oriented to the image analysis and individualization of microtubules.

+56 2 2978 6266 ;   Leonardo Pizarro ;  

  Karla Chandía

Physical Engineer, University of Santiago de Chile, Chile. Her undergraduate thesis work was to study “The Feasibility of the use of Ultrasonic Elastography Techniques in the Non - Invasive Characterization of Superficial Arteries”, while working in the Ultrasonic Imaging Laboratory at the University of Santiago de Chile. He is currently a student of the Master in Medical Informatics at the University of Chile and joined Scian - Lab, to support CPDAI in the use of platforms for virtual microscopy.

+56 2 2978 6266 ;   Karla Chandía ;  

  Felipe Miranda

Born in 1988 in Santiago, Chile. He obtained his B.S. degree and Industrial Engineer degree from the University of Chile in 2013. He is currently a MSc. Candidate in Medical Informatics program at the University of Chile, for which he obtained a DAAD Scholarship. He is working at the Centro Nacional de Sistemas de Información en Salud (CENS), where he is supporting in a research project related to the pharmaceutical industry, involving the use interoperability standards, such as HL7 FHIR. His research experience involves projects in the fields of Affective Computing, Wearable Technologies and Bio-sensors. Specifically, in the application of signal processing and machine learning methodologies to identify mental workload and stress levels from psycho-physiological signals. Prior to his work in research, he funded MATECH SpA, a steel distribution company located in Viña del Mar.

;   Felipe Miranda ;  

- Research Assistants -

  Ellen Kwas

Born in 1994 in Halle/Saale, Germany. She studied Medical Engineering (B.Eng.) and Medical Photonics (M.Sc.) at the Friedrich-Schiller-University in Jena, Germany. During the last years, she worked on different research topics in optics and medicine including single-molecule trapping and microscopy, fluorescence lifetime imaging of isolated RPE cells and surface defect detection in commercial float glasses. Currently, she is working in SCIAN-Lab on Light Sheet Microscopy and Optical Tweezers.

+56 2 2978 6266 ;   Ellen Kwas ;  

  Andreas Keil

Born in Mainz, Germany. Bachelor and Master of Science in Medical Informatics, Heidelberg University, Germany. Research interests are knowledge-based systems, distributed systems, machine learning and interoperability in clinical information systems.

+56 2 2978 6266 ;   Andreas Keil ;  

  Lucas Ale

Born in Santiago, Chile. He is an Electrical Engineer, who currently works at SCIAN Lab and CEDAI. He obtained his Electrical Engineering degree at Universidad de los Andes (Santiago, Chile). As a Research Assistant in SCIAN Lab and BNI, he works developing, improving, and adding functions to fluorescence microscopes, and processing biomedical images. At CEDAI, he works developing software for the acquisition of images, webpage and automation of the Automatic Sperm Analysis System.

;   Lucas Ale ;  

  Roberto Rojas

Born in Constitucion, Chile. He studied Electrical engineering at Universidad de Chile and obtained his B.S. degree in 2016. Thanks to a CONICYT scholarship, he obtained his engineer and Master of Science degree in 2019, supervised by Dr. Jorge Silva. He joined the SCIAN-Lab in December 2018, working with Dr. Victor Castañeda on his FONDECYT project. His research topics include inverse problems, sparse representations, image processing techniques and machine learning methods. Currently, he is working on cell nuclei segmentation based on Deep Learning models.

;   Roberto Rojas ;  

  Philippe Maillard

Born in 1989 in Quilpué, Chile. He completed his studies in Optics at the Pontifical Catholic University of Valparaíso followed by M.Sc in Photonics at University of Applied Sciences of Aalen becoming an optical engineer Specialized in non-squential optical systems designs and computer vision developer for 3D image reconstruction and surface recognition. Right after his studies in Valparaíso he moved to Aalen where he worked at the Optical Metrology Technology Lab led by Prof.Dr.Heinrich where he worked in industrial metrology Applications based in Additive manufacturing. Now days he works at Scian lab at University of Chile, led by Dr.Härttel in a Fondecyt project as algorithm developer for image processing in the measurement of intercelular forces in living tissues, among others.

;   Philippe Maillard ;  

  Marcela Aguirre

Physical Therapist, Universidad de Chile, Chile. She was born on 1989 in Santiago, Chile. She obtained her bachelor degree and professional title in Physical Therapy on December 2014. Between February 2015 and August 2017, she worked on a high complexity, public hospital in Santiago (Chile) that specialises in orthopedic pathologies, as a researcher and clinical professional focused on inpatient care. During this period, she also collaborated on research projects related to medical education applied to physical therapy. She is currently in her fourth semester in the master program in Medical Informatics (Universidad de Chile) and her research focuses on the use of machine learning methods in health related issues, currently focused on food patterns and obesity.

;   Marcela Aguirre ;  

  Juan Jose Alegría

Born in Santiago, Juan José is currently pursuing a joint degree in Computer Engineering and M. Sc in Computer Science at University of Chile. His thesis is being conducted at SCIAN-Lab under the supervision of Mauricio Cerda, where he works on using machine learning algorithms (in particular, Convolutional Neural Networks) to classify HER2-overexpression in gastric cancer tissue. The main objective is to create an accurate system while keeping a good interpretability for the model. His research interests are machine learning, medical informatics, data privacy and real world applications of Computer Science.

+56 2 2978 9641 ;   Juan Jose Alegría ;  

  Nicole Canales

Nicole Canales was born in 1992 in Rancagua, Chile. She has a degree in Medical Technology with a specialization in Clinical Bioanalysis, Hematology and Blood Bank. My interests are cell biology and its migration, with relevance in biomedicine. I am currently a research assistant in Scian-Lab and development in Live Cell Imaging, using Spinning disk, superresolution microscopy, such as PALM and STORM, in addition to production and functionalization of biocompatible droplets for the quantification of stresses in tissues in vitro and in vivo.

+56 2 2978 6266 ;   Nicole Canales ;  

  Alejandra Garcia

Medical Technologist from the University of Chile, where she recently became an MSc student in Biological Sciences. She has worked with different fluorescence related techniques (FRET, FRAP, colocalization analysis and advanced image processing) in cellular and lipid vesicle systems (GUVs). She joined SCIAN in March 2007. She is currently involved in a biomedical research project seeking to investigate the importance of DNA fragmentation for the fertility of sperm samples, using sophisticated mathematical routines for the quantification of fluorescence signals in microscopic images.

+56 2 2978 6266 ;   Alejandra Garcia ;  

  Susana Vargas

Masters in Medical Biophysics, University of Chile, Santiago, Chile. I m currently working at the Centro de Espermiogramas Digitales Asistidos por Internet in the calibration of ED-AI service, most specifically in parameter standardization for image analysis. My interests are in biological/biomedical signal analysis, most of my previous work has been in biosignals (e.g. human electromyographic signals, neural events triggered by visual stimulation in pigeons, human posturographic signals) acquisition and processing, and in software implementations for Digital Signal Acquisition and Processing.

+56 2 2978 6266 ;   Susana Vargas ;  

  Nestor Sepúlveda

B.S and Master degree in Physics in 2004, Universidad de Chile, Santiago, Chile. Phd in Physics in 2009, École Normale Supérieure Paris, France. I am currently interested in obtaining a better understanding and description of cell motion. That is essential for a range physiological and pathological processes such a embryonic morphogenesis, wound healing and cancer metastasis. The team of Miguel Concha has created an experimental set-up that allows the monitoring of cells of an egg of an annual fish. The objective of my project is to develop theoretical models of cell motion to describe the experimental data and propose new experiments based on the predictions of the model.

+56 2 2978 6266 ;   Nestor Sepúlveda ;  

  Malcolm Moreno

Born in London England, secondary school teacher at the Universidad Metropolitana de Ciencia de la Educación U.M.CE, Santiago Chile. RedHat Linux Certified Engineer RHCE, with more than 15 year experience in ICT, specially focused in the use of free software to implement educational platforms. Freelance sysadmin for NGOs, educational institutions in Chile and England. Currently he supports de e-learning activities of the Medical Informatics Master Program and he is sysadmin of SCIAN-Lab.

+56 9 6120 6629 ;   Malcolm Moreno ;  

- Undergraduate Students -

  Dante Castagnini

Dante was born in 1996 in Santiago, Chile, and he is an undergraduate biochemistry student at Pontifical Catholic University of Chile. His interests in biophysics led him to SCIAN lab, where he was introduced in the study of the role of E-cadherin in mechanical signaling, in the context of cell migration and development, and was trained in the basics of confocal microscopy, lightsheet microscopy and STORM super-resolution microscopy, along with an in-depth training in the recently developed Expansion Microscopy (ExM) super-resolution technique. He is currently working on his undergraduate thesis with the objective of adapting the standard ExM protocol to bacterial biofilms and killifish embryos, both models relevant in biomechanics and for which this technique currently does not have a reported implementation.

;   Dante Castagnini ;  

- Common Members with LEO Lab -

  Carmen Lemus

Bachelor in Biology from the Catholic University of Chile. She joined LEO in May 2004 as a Research Assistant and then became a PhD student in Biomedical Sciences at the Faculty of Medicine, University of Chile (2008). She holds a CONICYT PhD Scholarship. Her fields of expertise are zebrafish, developmental biology, morphogenesis and 4D confocal imaging. She is currently studying asymmetric morphogenesis of the parapineal organ in the embryonic zebrafish brain. She applies a 3D morpho-topological approach developed at the interphase of biological and mathematical/physical disciplines in the context of a Mutual Enhancement Collaborative Relationship between LEO and SCIAN.

+56 2 2978 6365 ;   Carmen Lemus ;  

- Visiting Scientists and Exchange Students -

- Administrative Staff -

  Ana María Cancino Casas

Audit Accountant, my job is financial accounting administration of scientific research projects, involving administration of the Laboratory for Scientific Image Analysis (SCIAN-Lab) and Digital Semen Analysis Assisted by Internet (CEDAI Spa). I also collaborate as assistant of the Dr. Steffen Härtel, Associate Professor of the Faculty of Medicine, University of Chile, August 2018

+56 2 2978 6365 ;   Ana María Cancino Casas ;  

- Former Members -

Oriana Lara Plaza
Stefan Sigle
Jorge Mansilla
Alejandro Lavado
Felipe Santibañez
Martin Pinuer
Daniel Del Aguila
Jimena López
Iván Castro
Aquiles Martinez
Claudia Reyes
Luis Briones
Violeta Chang
Gabriel Orellana
Victoria I.
Flavia Guiñazu
Marilyn Gatica
Alex Cordova
Raquel Pezoa
Juan E. Rodriguez
Daniela Flores
Maitê Dahdal
Natalia Castro.
Omar Ramírez
Erika Labbe
Ricardo Rivera
Fujan Nuryan D.
Paola Scavone
Ivan Rojas
Pamela Webber
Patrick Werner
Germán Fernández
Jarno Ralli
Camila Saez
José Delpiano
María Osorio-Reich
Nohema Contreras
Pablo Aguilar
Nadia Rojas
Liliana Alcayaga
Jan Scheer
Hector Moraga
Juan Pablo Vivar
Carolina Figueroa
Diego Candia
Felipe de la Fuente
Pablo Aceiton

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