Claudio C. Vásquez

Universidad de Santiago de Chile, Chile


Claudio C. Vasquez was born in Santiago, Chile, in 1952. After studying biochemistry at Universidad de Chile, Chile (from 1970 to 1976), he received a Ph.D. degree in biological sciences from Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, Chile (from 1978 to 1983). Then he served as an Auxiliar at Universidad de Santiago de Chile, from 1983 to 1985, as an Assistant at Universidad de Chile (1985–1988) and at Universidad de Talca (1988–1995). He has been serving as a Full Professor of biochemistry at Universidad de Santiago de Chile since 1995. His research interests include molecular biology of thermophilic bacteria, restriction and modification systems, bacterial heavy metal resistance, and mechanisms of tellurite toxicity among others. Vasquez has spent stays at University of Sheffield (UK), Texas A&M University, and Sam Houston State University, University College Station, Tex, USA. The current and most important research interest deals with unveiling the mechanisms that make the tellurium oxyanion tellurite so toxic for most of living organisms. Bacterial tellurite resistance is a derived branch that is also investigated in his laboratory. Over 10 Ph.D. and a similar number of M.S. students have carried out their thesis work on the subject in the laboratory over the last 10 years.

Biography Updated on 20 June 2012

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