Enrique Jaimovich

Enrique Jaimovich, born in Santiago, Chile in 1947, had undergraduate studies in biochemistry at Universidad de Chile and graduate studies in physiology both in Chile and in Rochester, USA as post doctoral fellow.

His early interests included both teaching and research. As a teacher, he led the consolidation of a new team to teach biophysics and cell physiology at the Faculty of Medicine in Chile. He was first internationally known by his research work involving ion channels in the transverse tubule membrane of muscle cells and their role in the excitation-contraction process. This work was performed both in Chile and abroad (invited Professor in Nice, France, in CNRS, Gif sur Yvette, France, Guest researcher at NIH, USA).

During the decade of 1990 he described for the first time slow calcium signals, unrelated to contraction in muscle cells; a series of publications starting in 2000 gave him international recognition as a pioneer in the subject of excitation-transcription coupling in skeletal muscle as well as in the study of regulation of gene expression in muscle cells.

This research has been performed at his laboratory in Chile and collaborative studies now involve several laboratories both at the Faculty of Medicine and abroad Enrique Jaimovich has been funded by several agencies from Chile (FONDECYT, FONDAP, ACT, PAI) and other countries (Muscular Dystrophy Association of America, European Economic Community, Association Francaise Contre les Myopaties); he belongs to several scientific societies and organizations, among them the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Biophysical Society, The Society for Neuroscience, Sociedad Biología de Chile (president Biophysics section 1978-79, 1992-93), Sociedad de Biofísicos Latinoamericanos, Sociedad Chilena de Ciencias Fisiológicas (president 2000-2002), AMSUD-Pasteur regional laboratory network (Chilean delegate).

He was a member of the Journal of Biological Chemistry Editorial Board. In academic administration we can mention his periods as Chair of Physiology and Biophysics (1983-1990) and his role as Director of the Institute of Biomedical Sciences (2002-2006) both at the Faculty of Medicine, Universidad de Chile.