General description

The Science and Indigenous Communities Study Group is composed of a group of Chilean, Indigenous, and international researchers, working in human genetics, biological anthropology, bioarcheology, health, and ethics. Our objective is to contribute to the discussion and improvement of the ethical standards of genetic research with Indigenous peoples, through the improvement of genetic literacy embedded in our educational and communication projects. In addition, we want our study group to serve as a platform to promote equitable collaborations between Indigenous communities and researchers that support the sovereignty of the communities.

About us

Acknowledgements

This project has been funded by the University of Chicago through the Provost’s Global Faculty Awards: Latin America 2021-2022 in collaboration with faculty of the same institution.

Our team

Constanza Silva Gallardo

Constanza Silva Gallardo

Postdoctoral scholar at the Criminal Justice Research Center (CJRC) at Penn State, USA. Member of the Mapochogasta Diaguita Community and the trans-Andean network of Diaguita women.

Constanza de la Fuente

Constanza de la Fuente

Postdoctoral scholar in the Department of Human Genetics at the University of Chicago, USA.

Tomás González Zarzar

Tomás González Zarzar

Postdoctoral scholar in the Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences Department at Penn State, USA.

Nicolás Montalva

Nicolás Montalva

Assistant Professor at Society and Health Research Center, Universidad Mayor, Chile.

Ayelén Tonko-Huenucoy

Ayelén Tonko-Huenucoy

Biological anthropologist at Jetarkte Spa and external researcher at the Natural Museum of Natural History in Santiago, Chile. Member of the Kawésqar community in Puerto Edén, Chile.

Felipe Martínez

Felipe Martínez

Associate Professor at the Escuela de Antropología, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile.

Maanasa Raghavan

Maanasa Raghavan

Assistant Professor in the Department of Human Genetics at the University of Chicago heading an ancient genomics lab.