Tomás Pérez-Acle, PhD


Dr. Tomas Perez-Acle is a biologist, University of Concepción (1989), with a Master in Medical Biophysics, Universidad de Chile (1994), and received his PhD in Biotechnology from the Universidad Andres Bello (2007). His main scientific interest is focused on Computational Biology: multi-scale computational modeling of complex biological systems, using high performance computing tools. After his undergraduate, he served as Development Manager in several software companies of the Chilean ICT industry. Later, he joined Microsoft Consulting Services at Microsoft Chile, returning to the Academy in 2001 to form the Center for Bioinformatics (CBUC) at the Universidad Católica de Chile, center of which was its director until 2009. In 2010, he was appointed as External Associated Research at the Center form Mathematical Modeling (CMM) at the School of Engineering and Sciences, Universidad de Chile, where he served until 2015 as Deputy Director of the National Laboratory of High Performance Computing (NLHPC). Dr. Perez-Acle is also Associated Researcher and Professor at the Millennium Institute Centro Interdisciplinario de Neurociencas de Valparaíso (CINV), Universidad de Valparaiso. During his career, he has participated in several research projects, generated dozens of publications in scientific journals, forming undergraduate and graduate students. His experience includes the design of new drugs against HIV (FONDECYT 1050950), drugs against dengue virus (USAMRMC W81XWH-08-1-0285) and anticancer drugs (patent number 744-2010-INAPI). More recently, participates in projects aimed to promote the development of Bionanotechnology in Chile (FONDECYT 1100882 Scientific and Technological Ring ACT1107). He has been co-investigator on FP07 projects at the European Community on the topics of Nanoinformatics (ACTION-Grid, FP7-ICT-2007-2) and Supercomputing (Red Iberoamericana de Supercomputación, Grant Agreement 288883). Dr. Perez-Acle is the Director of the Computational Biology Lab at the Fundación Ciencia para la Vida. His transdisciplinary research group consists of PostDocs and undergraduate and graduate students from various scientific fields such as engineering, mathematics, design, computer science, physics, molecular biology, microbiology, biochemistry and chemistry, among others.