The Santiago Center has been able to take advantage of the solid body of Columbia University’s scientists by inviting them to travel to Chile to publicize their work, establish collaboration with local counterparts and recruit post-doc students to work in their Campus labs.
In April 2018, Columbia University’s Professor Martin Chalfie, one of the winners of the 2008 Nobel Prize in Chemistry, traveled to Chile to participate in the Puerto de Ideas Science Festival, an event in northern Chile’s city of Antofagasta that attracts scholars and researchers from around the world. During his visit, he also met with a group of ten young scientists working in physics, biology, biochemistry and biomedicine at different Chilean universities.
Following this, in July, Vijay Modi, Columbia University professor of mechanical engineering and a member of the Earth Institute, visited Chile to participate in a series of meetings and events around the topic of energy infrastructure design and planning, solar power, energy efficiency in agriculture and data analytics spanning urban settings to remote rural settings.
A number of alliances have also been established in the context of international cooperation. Since 2011, Alice Prince, Professor of Pediatrics at the College of Physicians & Surgeons, and head of Columbia University’s Medical Center’s (CUMC) Prince Lab, and Susan Bueno, associate professor at the Department of Molecular Genetics and Microbiology at Universidad Católica’s School of Biological Sciences, have been working together on several initiatives, research projects and post-doc exchanges. From January to March 2018, Loreani Noguera, a student of Biochemistry performing her undergraduate thesis under the supervision of Dr. Bueno at Chile’s Universidad Católica (UC), worked as an intern at the Prince Lab.