This week our WiSE Wednesday will highlight Chilean biochemist, Dr. María Cecilia Hidalgo Tapia. She completed both her undergraduate and graduate training in biochemistry at the Universidad de Chile before moving to the US to pursue a postdoctoral position at the National Institutes of Health. She then returned to Chile and served as a professor at the Universidad de Chile studying the mechanisms of signal transduction and hormone action, with a focus on understanding calcium signaling regulation in both neurons and muscle cells. In addition to her academic research, she has also occupied many roles in science policy and education, including as a member of the Chilean Presidential Advisory Commission on scientific matters, and as the Vice President of the Advisory Council for the Foundation for Young Scientists.
Dr. María Cecilia Hidalgo Tapia has been recognized with numerous awards for her work. Most notably, she is a recipient of the Guggenheim Fellowship, and in 2006 became the first woman to win the prestigious Chilean National Prize for Natural Sciences. Entry Provided by Alexa Pagliaro