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Daniela Suzana Rivera Rocabado

Assistant Professor

Universidad Mayor de Chile

Santiago, Chile

Líneas de Investigación


An interdisciplinary approach with strong links to behavioral ecology, ecological physiology, neurobiology, and microbiology (particularly the gut microbiome).

Educación

  •  PhD in Biological Sciences majoring in Ecology, PONTIFICIA UNIVERSIDAD CATOLICA DE CHILE. Chile, 2013
  •  M.Sc. Biological Sciences majoring in Ecology, UNIVERSIDAD DE CHILE. Chile, 2012
  •  Biology, UNIVERSIDAD MAYOR DE SAN SIMON. Bolivia, 2006
  •  Biology, Universidad Mayor de San Simon. Bolivia, 2006

Experiencia Académica

  •   Assistant Professor Full Time

    UNIVERSIDAD MAYOR

    Ciencias, Ingieneria y Tecnologia

    Santiago, Chile

    2019 - A la fecha

  •   Professor of course: Biology; a high school student course Part Time

    UNIVERSIDAD DE CHILE

    Santiago, Chile

    2012 - 2012

  •   Postdoctoral Research Associate FONDECYT 3140395 Full Time

    PONTIFICIA UNIVERSIDAD CATOLICA DE CHILE

    Ciencias Biologicas

    Santiago, Chile

    2013 - 2016

  •   Postdoctoral Research Associate, Center for Aging and Regeneration, CARE UC. Full Time

    PONTIFICIA UNIVERSIDAD CATOLICA DE CHILE

    Ciencias Biologicas

    Santiago, Chile

    2017 - 2018

Experiencia Profesional

  •   Postdoctoral Research Associate FONDECYT 3140395 Full Time

    Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile

    Santiago, Chile

    2016 - 2017

  •   Postdoctoral Research Associate, Center for Aging and Regeneration, CARE UC.on, CARE UC Full Time

    Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile

    Santiago, Chile

    2017 - 2018

  •   Assistant Professor Full Time

    Universidad Mayor

    Santiago, Chile

    2019 - A la fecha

  •   Professor of course: Biology; a high school student course Part Time

    Universidad de Chile

    Santiago, Chile

    2012 - 2012

  •   Professor Assistant of course: Biostatistics II (BIO249C) Other

    Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile

    Santiago, Chile

    2009 - 2009

  •   Professor Assistant of course: Biostatistics II (BIO249C) Other

    Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile

    Santiago, Chile

    2010 - 2010

  •   Professor Assistant of course: Behaviour Ecology (BIO346B) Other

    Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile

    Santiago, Chile

    2010 - 2010

  •   Professor Assistant of course: Behaviour Ecology (BIO346B) Other

    Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile

    Santiago, Chile

    2011 - 2011

  •   Professor Assistant of course: Behaviour Ecology (BIO346B) Other

    Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile

    Santiago, Chile

    2012 - 2012

  •   Professor Assistant of course: Behaviour Ecology (BIO346B) Other

    Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile

    Santiago, Chile

    2013 - 2013

  •   Professor Assistant of course: Behaviour Ecology (BIO346B) Other

    Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile

    Santiago, Chile

    2014 - 2014

  •   Professor Assistant of course: Behaviour Ecology (BIO346B) Other

    Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile

    Santiago, Chile

    2016 - 2016

  •   Research Assistant Other

    Ecological Reserve “Potrerillos del Guenda”

    Santa Cruz, Bolivia

    2005 - 2008

  •   Research Assistant Other

    Center for Biodiversity and Genetics (CBG)

    Cochabamba, Chile

    2006 - 2008

  •   Research Assistant in the Project of “Andean cat Conservation” Other

    Center for Biodiversity and Genetics (CBG)

    Cochabamba, Chile

    2006 - 2007

  •   Research Assistant in the Project of “Effects of the introduction of pine and eucalyptus on animal diversity in the forests of Polylepis in Tunari National Park” Other

    Center for Biodiversity and Genetics (CBG)

    Cochabamba, Chile

    2004 - 2005

  •   Research Assistant in the Project: “Strategies for feeding and reproduction of three species of poisonous snakes” Other

    Ecological Reserve “Potrerillos del Guenda”

    Santa Cruz, Chile

    2003 - 2006

  •   Research Assistant in the Project of “Assessment and monitoring of flora and fauna of Yungas of Bolivia, Carrasco National Park” Other

    Center for Biodiversity and Genetics (CBG)

    Cochabamba, Chile

    2003 - 2004

  •   Research Assistant associated in the Project “Multitemporal Analysis of Biodiversity Corridor Amboro ? Madidi. Bolivia (Participation in the evaluation of the diversity of flora and fauna in tropical forests within and outside protected areas)” Other

    Center for Biodiversity and Genetics (CBG)

    Cochabamba, Chile

    2001 - 2003

  •   Research Assistant Part Time

    Museo de Historia Natural "Alcide d'Orbigny"

    Cochabamba, Bolivia

    2018 - A la fecha

  •   Responsible for the management and development of Octodon degus colony, for research purposes Part Time

    Octodon degus facility

    Santiago, Chile

    2013 - A la fecha

Formación de Capital Humano


Undergraduate Teaching

- 2020-present Course "Principles of Biology" for Data Science students, Universidad Mayor. Professor in charge.

- 2020-present Course "Ecology and Biodiversity" for Data Science students, Universidad Mayor. Lecturer in charge.

- 2019-present Course "Bioethics and Biosafety" for Biotechnology students, Universidad Mayor. Lecturer in charge.

- 2019 Course "Sustainability and Environment" for students of Occupational Therapy, Kinesiology, Obstetrics, Veterinary Medicine, Agronomy, Nursing, Universidad Mayor. Responsible teacher. Professor in charge

- 2010-2016 Course "Behavioral Ecology" for Biology students, Faculty of Sciences, Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile. Assistant professor.

- 2012 Course "Biology" for high school students, Faculty of Science, University of Chile.

- 2009-2010 Course "Biostatistics" for Biology students, Faculty of Sciences, Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile. Assistant Professor.
Graduate Teaching

- 2020-present Course "Statistics and Experimental Design" for PhD students of Neurobiology. Professor in charge.

- 2020-present Course "Topics and methods in Evolutionary Ecology" for PhD students of Integrative Ecology, Universidad Mayor. Professor in charge.

- 2022 Course "Ecology of stress" for students of the PhD program in Integrative Ecology, Universidad Mayor. Lecturer in charge.

- 2020-present Course "Integrative Ecology" for students of the Doctorate of Integrative Ecology, Universidad Mayor. Collaborating professor.

- 2020-2021 Course "Microbiome and Behavior" for students of the PhD in Integrative Genomics, Universidad Mayor. Lecturer in charge.

- 2020 Course "Ecology of Microbiomes and Symbiosis", for PhD students in Integrative Ecology, Universidad Mayor. Professor in charge.

- 2021 Module "Formulation and presentation of a manuscript in preparation" for students of the Diploma in Quantitative Research Methodology, Universidad Mayor. Lecturer in charge.

- 2021 to present Course "Formulation and presentation of a manuscript in preparation" for students of the Master in Gerontological Kinesiology, Universidad Mayor. Invited professor.

- 2021 to present Course "Formulation and presentation of a manuscript in preparation" for students of the Master in Clinical Exercise Physiology, Universidad Mayor. Invited professor.

- 2021 to present Course "Formulation and presentation of a manuscript in preparation" for students of the Master in Sports Medicine, Universidad Mayor. Invited professor.

Undergraduate Thesis Advisors

- 2023 Thesis director of the student Valentina Beltrán for the Biotechnology degree, Universidad Mayor. "Efecto de la dieta en el microbioma intestinal de Octodon degus".

- 2019-2020 Thesis director of the student Matías Ignacio Valdez to opt for the degree of Veterinary Doctor, Universidad Mayor. "Efecto de la dieta sobre el rendimiento cognitivo del degú (Octodon degus) en condiciones de Bioterio".

- 2020 Thesis director of the student Jahir Muñoz Hernández for the degree of Licenciado, Universidad Metropolitana De Ciencias De La Educación. "Microbioma intestinal de organismos ectotermos y endotermos, ventajas y desventajas de su estudio".

- 2020 Co-director of the thesis of the student Felipe Olea Cubillos for the degree of Licenciado in Agronomy, Universidad Mayor. "Relación de los agroquímicos y el microbioma de abejas comerciales y sus impactos en la polinización de cultivos".

-2021 External member of the academic commission at the Doctoral program of Integrative Ecology, Student name: Oscar Acevedo Valdivia, Universidad Mayor.

- 2020 External member of the academic commission at the Doctoral program of Integrative Genomics, Student name: Ilvanna Salas León, Universidad Mayor.

-2020 External member of the academic commission at the Doctoral program of Biological Sciences majoring in Ecology, Departamento de Ecología, Facultad de Ciencias Biológicas, Student name: Pamela Ubilla ? BIO5110, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile.

-2017 Supervisor of Professional Practice of the student Isaac Pérez Díaz, Escuela de Recursos Naturales, Duoc, UC.

- 2017 short internship supervisor of the student Magdalena Ñancucheo Tapia, Undergraduate Research Lines, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile.

- 2017 short internship supervisor of the student Darinka Buc Ramirez, Undergraduate Research Lines, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile.

- 2016 short internship supervisor of the student Gabriel Sotelo Salas, Undergraduate Research Lines, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile.

- 2016 Supervisor and responsible of the student Carolina Brain Lindsay, Experimental Unit I (QF080006?1) of the Master's program in Biochemistry, Universidad de Chile.

- 2016 Thesis director of the student Gabi Villanueva Escobar to opt for the Bachelor’s degree, Universidad Mayor de San Simón.

- 2015 supervisor and responsible of the student Isidora Morel Letelier, Research Seminar (BIO?296), Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile.

Postgraduate Thesis Directorships

- 2022-current Thesis director of the student Jahir Muñoz to opt for the degree of PhD in Integrative Ecology, Universidad Mayor.

- 2019-2020 Thesis director of the student Ignacio Arellano Albornoz to opt for the degree of Magister in Ethology and Animal Welfare (MEBA), Universidad Mayor. "Influencia del sexo sobre la afiliación y memoria social en el Octodon degus".

- 2019-2020 Thesis director of student Alex Lange for the degree of Magister in Ethology and Animal Welfare (MEBA), Universidad Mayor. "Efecto del género en las interacciones sociales en el roedor Octodon degus".


Difusión y Transferencia


-2023 Speaker at the 2nd International Workshop on Octodon degus: A natural model from cellular biology to behavioral ecology. Puerto Williams, Chile. "Another way of interpreting behavioral results in neuroscience and other areas: an approach to Multivariate analysis".

- 2021 The article published in the journal Neurobiology of stress (2021): "Live together, die alone": The effect of re-socialization on behavioural performance and social-affective brain-related proteins after a long-term chronic social isolation stress, was featured in the journal Science Featured Series for its contribution to scientific excellence.

https://sciencefeatured.com/2022/01/10/re-socialization-is-the-key-to-chronic-social-isolation-induced-anxiety-and-social-memory-impairment/

- 2020. The article published in Scientific Reports 2020: Effects of long-lasting social isolation and re-socialization on cognitive performance and brain activity: a longitudinal study in Octodon degus was commented on in BBC Worklife in the article: "Why we may have to re-learn to socialise".
https://www.bbc.com/worklife/article/20210218-why-we-may-have-to-re-learn-to-socialise

- 2021 Note in the Journal of the Universidad Mayor: Science Featured Series recognizes U. Mayor researcher for her contribution to scientific excellence.
https://www.diariomayor.cl/ciencia-um/science-featured-series-reconoce-a-investigadora-u-mayor-por-su-contribuci%C3%B3n-a-la-excelencia-cient%C3%ADfica.html

- 2022 Note in the Journal of the Universidad Mayor: Do you know the degu?: GEMA Center promotes research using this rodent endemic to Chile as a model
https://www.diariomayor.cl/ciencia-um/%C2%BFconoces-al-degu-centro-gema-impulsa-investigaciones-usando-como-modelo-a-este-roedor-end%C3%A9mico-de-chile.html

- 2020 Speaker at the Workshops for PhD students: "Effects of stress" Universidad Mayor, Santiago, Chile.

- 2019 Speaker at the first International Workshop on Octodon degus: A natural model from cellular biology to behavioral ecology. Puerto Williams, Chile. "Octodon degus in physiology and behavior studies under laboratory conditions: achieved goals and future perspectives".

- 2019 Explora Publication (explora.cl): Degu, the extraordinary: https://www.explora.cl/blog/degu-el-extraordinario/

- 2015 Expositora Programa Explora Conicyt Semana Nacional de la Ciencia y la Tecnología "Conversaciones con Cientific@s", Santiago "Octodon degus as a model in biomedicine and ecology".


Premios y Distinciones

  •   Vicerrectoría de Investigación (VRAID), Dirección Posgrado (DIP)

    PONTIFICIA UNIVERSIDAD CATOLICA DE CHILE

    Chile, 2012

    International conference attendance.

  •   Developing Nations Award (Dev. Nat. member)

    Animal Behavior Society (ABS)

    Estados Unidos, 2012

    Award from the Animal Behavior Society

  •   Latin American Student Field Research Award

    American Society of Mammalogist (ASM)

    Chile, 2012

    Scholarship for Latin American students Field Research Award by the American Society of Mammalogy

  •   Student Research Grants

    Animal Behavior Society (ABS)

    Chile, 2011

    Student Research Grants.

  •   Support Scholarship for postgraduate studies

    Organización de los Estados Americanos (OEA)

    Chile, 2008

    Support Scholarship for postgraduate studies.

  •   Support Scholarship for postgraduate studies

    Organización de los Estados Americanos (OEA)

    Chile, 2009

    Support Scholarship for postgraduate studies.

  •   Scholarship for postgraduate studies

    COMISION NACIONAL DE INVESTIGACION CIENTIFICA Y TECNOLOGICA

    Chile, 2010

    Support Scholarship for postgraduate studies

  •   Ranking of overall average ratings of Biology

    UNIVERSIDAD MAYOR DE SAN SIMON

    Bolivia, 2006

    First place in the ranking of overall average ratings of Biology

  •   Conservation International & Darwin Initiative Program Atelopus Initiative

    Conservation International & Darwin Initiative Program Atelopus Initiative

    Peru, 2005

    International course attendance

  •   Traning program in ecological Research

    Christensen Foundation

    Bolivia, 2003

    Training program in ecological research.

  •   II Curso taller "Ecologia y metodologías de investigación en campo"

    Universidad Nacional de San Antonio Abad del Cusco

    Peru, 2003

    Participation in the area of herpetology, intermediate level that took place at the Mascoitania Farm, Private Reserve of the Centro de Recursos Educativos En la Selva (C.R.E.E.S), Manu Biosphere.


 

Article (17)

Age-Dependent Behavioral and Synaptic Dysfunction Impairment Are Improved with Long-Term Andrographolide Administration in Long-Lived Female Degus (Octodon degus)
Impact of prolonged chronic social isolation stress on behavior and multifractal complexity of metabolic rate in Octodon degus
Long-term social isolation stress exacerbates sex-specific neurodegeneration markers in a natural model of Alzheimer’s disease
Differential Role of Sex and Age in the Synaptic Transmission of Degus (Octodon degus)
"Live together, die alone": The effect of re-socialization on behavioural performance and social-affective brain-related proteins after a long-term chronic social isolation stress.
A Multivariate Assessment of Age-Related Cognitive Impairment in Octodon degus
Andrographolide Reduces Neuroinflammation and Oxidative Stress in Aged Octodon degus
Effects of long-lasting social isolation and re-socialization on cognitive performance and brain activity: a longitudinal study in Octodon degus
Ecoimmunology in degus=> interplay among diet, immune response, and oxidative stress.
Long-Term, Fructose-Induced Metabolic Syndrome-Like Condition Is Associated with Higher Metabolism, Reduced Synaptic Plasticity and Cognitive Impairment in Octodon degus
New Insights into the Spontaneous Human Alzheimer's Disease-Like Model Octodon degus: Unraveling Amyloid-? Peptide Aggregation and Age-Related Amyloid Pathology
Andrographolide recovers cognitive impairment in a natural model of Alzheimer's disease (Octodon degus)
On cognitive ecology and the environmental factors that promote Alzheimer disease=> lessons from Octodon degus (Rodentia=> Octodontidae)
Phylogeography and demographic history of the Andean degu, Octodontomys gliroides (Rodentia=> Octodontidae)
Age Progression of Neuropathological Markers in the Brain of the Chilean Rodent Octodon degus, a Natural Model of Alzheimer's Disease
Sociality of Octodontomys gliroides and other octodontid rodents reflects the influence of phylogeny
Sobre la puesta, incubacion de huevos, nacimiento y desarrollo de crias de Philodryas viridissima (Colubridae: Xenodontinae) en cautiverio.

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Octodontomys gliroides

Proyecto (9)

Assessing the interplay between gut microbiome stability metabolism digestive performance and foraging behavior in social Octodon degus
Andrographolide and physical activity recovers cognitive impairment in a natural model of Alzheimer's disease (Octodon degus)
RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN BEHAVIORAL ECOLOGY AND NEURODEGENERATIVE DISORDER=> TESTING THE ECOLOGICAL FACTORS THAT PROMOTE ALZHEIMER`S DISEASE
Social organization in Octodontomys gliroides and its consequences on the origin and evolution of sociality in octodontid rodents.
A MECHANISTIC MODEL TO EXPLAIN DIRECT FITNESS CONSEQUENCES OF SOCIALITY IN THE RODENT OCTODON DEGUS
Evaluating the communal nesting and kinship in Andean degus (Octodontomys gliroides)
EVALUACIÓN DE LOS METODOS DE CAPTURA Y SUJECIÓN DE PRESAS (Rattus rattus) EN LOS VIPÉRIDOS Bothrops neuwiedi, Crotalus durissus terrificus y Lachesis muta muta, (SQUAMATA, VIPERIDAE) EN CAUTIVERIO
Monitoring of flora and fauna of Yungas of Carrasco National Park, Bolivia
Multitemporal Analysis of Biodiversity Corridor Amboro - Madidi. Bolivia

Review (1)

Direct fitness of group living mammals varies with breeding strategy, climate and fitness estimates
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Daniela Rivera

Assistant Professor

Universidad Mayor de Chile

Santiago, Chile

5
Carolina Oliva

Investigador Asociado

Facultad de Medicina

Universidad Andrés Bello

Santiago, Chile

4
Nibaldo Inestrosa

Full Professor

PONTIFICIA UNIVERSIDAD CATÓLICA DE CHILE

Santiago, Chile

2
Juan Zolezzi

Associate Professor

School of Medicine

UNIVERSIDAD DE MAGALLANES

Punta Arenas, Chile

2
Luis Ebensperger

Full Professor

Ecology

PUC, FACULTAD DE CIENCIAS BIOLÓGICAS, DEPARTAMENTO DE ECOLOGÍA

Santiago, Chile

1
MARCO ARRESE

FULL PROFESSOR

GASTROENTEROLOGY

PONTIFICIA UNIVERSIDAD CATÓLICA DE CHILE

Santiago, Chile

1
Fernando Alfaro

Director

Center for Genomics, Ecology and Environment

Universidad Mayor

Santiago, Chile

1
Pedro Cisternas

Investigador Asociado

Biología Celular

Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile

Santiago, Chile

1
Sebastián Abades

Profesor Asociado

Universidad Mayor

Santiago, Chile

1
Carlos Vio

Profesor

Fisiologia

PONTIFICIA UNIVERSIDAD CATÓLICA DE CHILE

Santiago, Chile