Dr. José Gallardo Matus. Professor of genetics and applied genomics at Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaíso.

Salmon ilustration in the header by http://instagram.com/andrea_miel.

Comparative genomics in header by https://www.genome.gov/

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Research Summary

I am interested in every aspect of genetics and genomics and theirs use in aquaculture. Following the successful genomic sequencing of several species of interest to global aquaculture, such as Atlantic salmon and rainbow trout, our challenge now is to decipher the information encoded within their genomes and apply this knowledge to improve the sustainability of aquaculture. Are you interested in consulting services, click here!.

Currently, I lead an interdisciplinary research group of professionals including marine biologists, biochemists, biotechnologists, agricultural engineers, aquaculture, veterinarians and mathematicians, with the mission with the mission of providing sustainability alternatives to the aquaculture industry. If you are interested in contributing to the development of aquaculture at a global level, contact me and let’s talk about alternatives for you to join our team.


Currently, I teach genetics, genomics and biostatistics in the following under and postgraduate programs.

PhD in Biotechnology offered jointly by Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaíso and the Universidad Técnica Federico Santa María.

Master in Microbiological Sciences  offered by Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaíso.

PhD in Aquaculture offered jointly by Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaíso, the Universidad de Chile and Universidad Católica del Norte.

Oceanography an undergraduate program offered by Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaíso.

Training and outreach

Our research group is committed with effective scientific communication and training new scientists and professionals, with the support of different research agencies (ANID CHILE, OCDE, STINT SWEDEN) and with the sponsorship of the Chilean Genetics Society.

Started in 2011, our genetics training portfolio has recently expanded to genomics and biostatistics. It contains from short course to postgraduate diploma (Training opportunities here). Visit our github websites to download all the teaching material for free (BetaProjectR and GenomicsEducation).

Since 2020, after all schools were closed due to the pandemic, almost all our high school programs were moved online. GENETICS WITH PROGRAMMING is a curricular enrichment program for students of public schools in the Valparaiso region, which strengthens their cognitive and academic skills.

GENES AND GENOMES WITH PROGRAMMING is a summer school workshop open to high school students from all over Chile, and very soon to all Latin American high school students too.

«Give me, Lord, the perseverance of the waves of the sea that make each retreat a starting point for a new advance
«Dame Señor la perseverancia de las olas del mar, que hacen cada retroceso un punto de partida para un nuevo avance.»

Gabriela Mistral, CHILEAN Nobel Prize in Literature 1945
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