On this page, you can read about the incredible Clubes we have this year. This year, our Clubes will be online, aimed at high school and undergraduate students, and developed in collaboration with the University of Chicago. Clubes de Ciencia en línea will be held from July 6 to August 8 and will be in Spanish. Do not miss the opportunity to participate!

CLUB1: Proposing new therapies: liquid crystals and medicine

Language: Spanish

Jonathan Salmerón Hernández
  Universidad de Chicago
Loria E. Hijar Soto
  Universidad Autónoma de Chihuahua
Do calculators and medical treatments have anything in common? How are the technological advances of monitors related to health? These topics have more things in common than you think. Liquid crystals are substances that flow like any liquid, but at the same time their components remain oriented as if they were solid crystals. You may know of their use in technological devices such as monitors, but did you know they have applications in medicine for the detection or treatment of diseases? If you want to learn more about the basic principles of these two “so different” disciplines and how they can come together to provide solutions to social problems, our Club is for you.

CLUB2: Understanding blood clogs with microfluidic chips

Language: Spanish

Andres Moya Rodríguez
  Universidad de Chicago
Claudia García Gil
  Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México
Would you be interested in learning engineering and its biomedical applications? Would you like to design veins (blood vessels) to better understand cardiovascular diseases? You're lucky! At this Club, we will design veins in AutoCAD to manufacture them on a chip using 3D printing. Similarly, we will create artificial blood to carry out blood flow experiments on 3D printed veins. Together we will explore how vein geometry and blood flow affect the formation of clots that can lead to many health complications. We invite you to use your creativity to decipher which physical conditions represent an increased risk of coagulation and cardiovascular complications. Dare to become a biomedical engineer and solve cardiovascular diseases!

CLUB3: Designing superheroes: solve problems with proteins

Language: Spanish

Elena Cortés
  Universidad de Chicago
Ericka Barrientos Zavalza
  Universidad Autónoma de México
Did you know that we all have genes that encode proteins? Once processed, these proteins fold into various structures to perform biological functions to keep an organism alive. There's only one problem: sometimes proteins have a slight variation in their composition that leads to disease. Can you modify these proteins so that they return to behave normally? And even more interesting, what if you design proteins so that you help fight diseases caused by misfolded proteins? Here, you will learn to design proteins with therapeutic applications in medicine, using innovative bioinformatics tools and patterns of evolution. You will identify and propose modifications in the structure of proteins and improvements in their biological functions.

CLUB4: The great world of small organisms

Language: Spanish

Shreya Ramachandran
  Universidad de Chicago
Viridiana Villa Islas
  Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México
Little giants? In this Club, you will learn the great world of microorganisms using cutting-edge techniques. We will start with a "classic" approach to microbiology. Students will collect environmental samples, eg. saliva, soil, etc. and they will look at them under a microscope. Students will record the biodiversity and abundance of the microbes they see. Then we will introduce them to metagenomics (the study of all the DNA in a sample). We will provide genomic data from ancient human samples from Mexico and guide them through computational data analysis using taxonomic classification and visualization tools. You will use the skills learned to "solve a mystery" by identifying the pathogenic microbes that might have infected these ancient individuals.  

CHI5: Molecular life: seeing the invisible

Language: Spanish

Jessica Morgan
  Universidad de Chicago
María P. Castro Gil
  Instituto Nacional de Medicina Genómica
Have you ever seen something that fits 1000 times within a millimeter? That is what life is about at a molecular level: you can fit 1000 universes within a millimeter: amoebas in water or the chloroplasts that give the green color to plants. Here you will be able to prove it! You will learn the similarities and differences between the cells from leaves and the cells from our skin. You will learn about the bricks that form life, how molecular biology concepts are applied to synthetic biology. If you’re ready to accept the challenge to propose a solution to a problem in your community using synthetic biology, join us exploring molecular life. 

CLUB6: Meet the enemy: use cancer genetics against it

Language: Spanish

Juan Ápiz
  Universidad de Chicago
Jorge E. Buendía Buendía
  Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard
Do you know how tumors originate and grow? Have you ever asked yourself why cancer is so complex to treat? Did you know that medicine, genetics, and computing can work together to solve great challenges? In this Club, we will combine molecular biology and genetics with computational and statistical analysis to understand the basics of cancer, why it begins, how it grows, how patients are treated in the clinic, and what researchers are doing to find cancer vulnerabilities and develop new therapies. We want you to think like a scientist and come up with new ideas to help us understand and treat this complex and devastating disease: cancer. Let's look for cancer’s weaknesses learn to overcome it!