Mario Vera

Mario Vera
  • PositionAssociate Professor
  • Academic unitDepartment of Hydraulic and Environmental Engineering, School of Engineering
  • Research AreasCellular and Molecular Engineering

Engineer specialized in Molecular Biotechnology and Ph.D. in Sciences (Microbiology) at Universidad de Chile with a post-doc at the Biofilm Centre, Universitaet Duisburg-Essen, Germany, where he afterwards researcher and Head of Laboratory of the Group of Aquatic Biotechnology. In addition, professor Vera was a postdoctoral fellow at the Institut de Microbiologie de la Méditerranée (IMM), CNRS, Marseille, France. Afterwards he joined the Universidad Católica de Chile, where he share appointments as an Assistant Professor at the Department of Hydraulic and Environmental Engineering at School of Engineering, and the Institute of Biological and Medical Engineering. He has been responsible for the foundation and leading of the “UC’s Biofilm Group”, gathering professors from different Faculties such as Medicine, Biological Sciences, Engineering and Odonthology.


  • Engineer of Molecular Biotechnology, Universidad de Chile, 2001.
  • Ph.D., Sciences (Microbiology), Universidad de Chile, 2007.

Research lines

  • Biofilms
  • Bioleaching
  • Molecular Biotechnology
  • Environmental microbiology