Luis Michea

Luis Michea obtained his MD at the Faculty of Medicine, University of Chile in 1990. He was first generation student of the PhD Program in Biomedical Sciences from the Faculty of Medicine, University of Chile.

In 1997 he began his career as academic and researcher in the Faculty of Medicine, University of the Andes, with Dr. Elisa T Marusic, studying the mechanisms of action of aldosterone in the cardiovascular system.

In 1998 he began his post-doctoral research at the Laboratory of Kidney and Electrolyte Metabolism, with Dr. Maurice Burg (NHLBI, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, MD, USA), focused on the cellular mechanisms of adaptation to osmotic stress and apoptosis.

Back in Chile in 2001 he continued his studies in the cardiovascular area, with particular interest in the cellular mechanisms of action of aldosterone implicated in the development of cardiovascular damage and hypertension. These studies have been expanded from the basic to clinical Studies, evaluating mechanisms of cardiovascular damage in chronic renal failure and potential pharmacological treatment for patients in hemodialysis.

More recently, new Studies are focused in the mechanisms mediating the inflammatory response induced by hypertension and its relation to cardiovascular damage. Luis Michea has received the Latin American Scientist Award, American Society of Nephrology, USA, several awards from the Society of Nephrology Hypertension and Transplantation. He is the current Deputy Director of the Center.