Vivian Wilhelm, PhD


Dr.Wilhelm studied the secondary education at the German School in Concepción between 1967 and 1981. Then in 1982, she entered the Universidad de Concepción to obtain a degree in Biochemistry in 1987.

She performed her thesis to obtain the degree in Biochemistry at the Laboratory of Molecular Biology, Faculty of Pharmacology, Universidad de Concepción, studying the interrelation between the synthesis of chromosomal proteins and DNA replication in Tetrapygus niger embryos, under the supervision of María Imschenetzky.
In 1998 she started the PhD Program in Cell and Molecular Biology at the Faculty of Science, Universidad de Chile sponsored by a CONICYT fellowship. The PhD thesis was performed at the laboratory of Dr. Jorge Allende at the Department of Biochemistry, Faculty of Medicine of the Universidad de Chile. There she studied the genomic structure and expression of the subunits of protein kinase CK2 of Xenopus laevis.

In 1992, she did a short research visit to the Laboratory of Cellular and Molecular Biology, at the Cancer Institute, National Institutes of Health at Bethesda, sponsored by the National Cancer Institute of USA. There she worked with Dr. Steven Tronick in the isolation of genes of the subunits of CK2 from a genomic library of Xenopus laevis, as part of her Ph. D thesis. In 1996 Dr. Wilhelm obtained her PhD. degree.

In 2001, Dr. Wilhelm continued her career at the Fundación Ciencia & Vida as Associate Researcher and Principal Investigator of the Laboratory of Fish Pathologies and Immunology until present.