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    Beatriz Díez

    Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, Chile

    Dr. Beatriz Díez got a PhD in Biology at Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona (UAB) – Institute of Marine Science (CMIMA-CSIC) in Spain in 2001 working on “Diversity and distribution of picoeukaryotes in the marine environments”. She worked as a postdoctoral (funded by Swedish Research Council) at the Botany Department, Stockholm University (Sweden) between 2002 and 2005, studying the “Diversity and phylogeny, activity and ecological significance of nitrogen‐fixer cyanobacteria in marine systems”. From 2003 to 2005 Dr. Díez was also Assistant Professor (Lecturer) at the Department of Physiology, Genetics and Microbiology, University of Alicante, in Spain. Between 2006 and 2008 she worked at Stockholm University as Assistant Professor leading the project “The genetic complexity and significance of unicellular pico- and nanoplanktonic cyanobacteria in the Baltic Sea”. From 2008-2010 she worked at CMIMA-CSIC in Barcelona (Spain), where she continues studying the microbial ecology of marine systems. In 2010, she got a position as Assistant Professor at Department of Molecular Genetics and Microbiology, P. Catholic University of Chile. From 2016 she is Associate Professor at the same department and institution. During the last 8 years the main framework of research in BDíez-Lab (bdiezlab.com) is the study of the structure, function and interactions of microbial and viral communities in extreme environments. She investigates microbial ecological role, impacting the biogeochemical cycles, as well as their responses to changes and environmental disturbances, and adaptations (metabolic and genetic). She has fundamental questions like: What is the function of each of the populations in the mechanism that generates the structure of the natural community? What is their contribution in the main biogeochemical cycles? What is the degree of inter- and intra-specificity? How and who modulates them? What are the adaptations and strategies that lead to this specificity in extreme environments? To address these questions, she uses a combination of quantitative molecular, genomic, metagenomic, metatranscriptomic, metaviromic, and biogeochemical approaches.
    She has got an extensive national and international collaboration leading to various (41) publications in peer-reviewed journals. Dr. Díez awarded several CONICYT-FONDECYT, INACH, PCI, ECOS, CONA and other national funded grants. She has also participated in several international funded projects: FORMAS; 2012-7719-23450-70), MISTI-MIT International Science and Global Initiatives Technology Seed Funds (USA); STINT Institutional Grant Network program, Sweden, among others. She has an index H of 19 and 2675 citations.

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