Dr Cristian Agurto


Dr. Cristian Agurto is an Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Pharmacy at the University of Concepcion and Associate Researcher at the Center of Biotechnology UdeC. He is a Marine Biologist and PhD. in Biological Oceanography.

He performed his Master studies in a combined program by University of Concepcion and Christian Albrecht Universität Kiel. Later he performed his doctoral studies at the GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research at Christian Albretch Universität Kiel, funded by a DAAD scholarship program.

In 2007 he joined the Center of Biotechnology UdeC and in 2011 he created the Interdisciplinary Group of Marine Biotechnology GIBMAR. Since then, his work has been focused on the use of marine resources for the production of novel bioproducts, implementation of bioprocesses and extraction of chemical compounds. His group has been granted several projects concerning applied science focused on marine resources, industrial bioproducts and technology transfer. In the last 10 years, his laboratory has established strong collaboration with national production sectors and industries, promoting technology valorization extensively.

In 2017 he joined the Department of Food Science and Technology at the Faculty of Pharmacy UdeC, opening new routes to expand the use of valuable marine recourses in dietary and pharmacological fields. 



  • Aquatic Biotechnology and Bioengineering
  • Development and valorization of aquatic bioproducts. (Bioactive Compounds, Functional Food,  Nutraceuticals, Pharmaceuticals, Biomaterials and Bioenergy,)
  • Aquatic organisms cultivation and harvest technologies (Scaling-up process, Photobioreactors, raceways)


Barrio Universitario s/n | Edificio Centro de Biotecnología | Universidad de Concepción  contacto@gibmar.com | +56 41 2204193