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Leonardo Valdivia wins award for best PhD thesis in Cell Biology

“In Chile, in order to encourage the scientific training in the country and promote the academic excellence, the Chilean Foundation for Cell Biology together with the Chilean Society of Cell Biology annually reward the best PhD. thesis in the global area of Cell Biology (Molecular Biology, Neurobiology, Immunology, Biotechnology, Developmental Biology etc..). My thesis was awarded this year (2012)

I was presented with the award in the XXVI Annual Meeting of the Chilean Society for Cell Biology in Puerto Varas, Chile (October, 2012). I gave a talk entitled “Identification of essential genes for lateral line development and mechanosensory hair cell differentiation in zebrafish”, for which I received a flight ticket to Chile and 2000 US dollars. The idea of this award is getting in touch with Chilean groups of my interest, to show what I’m currently doing and keeping in touch with Chile to be back there after my postdoc.”

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