Dr. Montecino graduated as a Biochemist from University of Concepcion, Chile, in 1989 and received his Ph.D. in Biomedical Sciences from University of Massachusetts Medical School, Worcester, USA, in 1996. He has been working in the field of epigenetic control of gene expression since joining as an independent investigator the University of Concepcion in 1997, at which he became Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology in 2004. In 2010 he moved to Andres Bello University, Santiago, Chile, where he became Deputy Director of the FONDAP Center for Genome Regulation, a center of excellence funded by the Chilean government. Throughout his career he has authored and co-authored more than 160 publications and has directed numerous nationally and internationally funded research grants in the field of gene regulation mechanisms. In 2018, he became the Director of the recently created Institute of Biomedical Sciences at the Andres Bello University.