About the Biotechnology Programme for Latin America and the Caribbean (UNU-BIOLAC)

Caracas — Venezuela

  • The UNU Biotechnology Programme for Latin America and the Caribbean (UNU-BIOLAC) was officially established in 1988 by an agreement between the Venezuelan Government and the United Nations University. Its creation was an initial step towards the establishment of an institute dedicated to the development of biotechnology in Latin America and the Caribbean, with headquarters in Venezuela.

    UNU-BIOLAC undertakes training and research at the intersection of science, technology, and society to envision how modern biotechnology can encourage social and economic development.

    The programme’s aim is to prepare and qualify professionals through higher education. Activities are organized and executed in collaboration with scientific institutions and an international network of highly qualified academics and researchers that are experts in biotechnology.


    • Providing fellowships for research and training
    • Offering advanced courses for holders of a bachelor degree
    • Harnessing the research and training opportunities within the UNU-BIOLAC network

    UNU-BIOLAC website

    • José Ramírez Ochoa
      Programme Coordinator of the United Nations University Programme for Biotechnology in Latin America and the Caribbean (UNU-BIOLAC)

    Scientific Advisory Committee (SAC)

    • Dr Guillermo Gosset – Mexico;  Professor, Institute of Biotechnology, National Autonomous University of Mexico
    • Dr Jayaraj Jayaraman – Trinidad and Tobago;  Professor, Department of Life Sciences, The University of the West Indies, St. Augustine
    • Dr Flor H. Pujól de Freychet – Venezuela; Professor, Venezuelan Institute for Scientific Research
    • Dr Esteban Serra — Argentina; Dean, School of Biochemical and Pharmaceutical Sciences, National University of Rosario, Argentina

    United Nations University
    Biotechnology Programme for Latin America and the Caribbean
    Carretera Nacional Hoyo de la Puerta. Instituto de Estudios Avanzados IDEA.
    Edificio Bolívar.
    Piso 3.
    Oficina UNU-BIOLAC.
    Caracas, Estado Miranda, 1080.

    T: +58 (212) 9621120
    +58 (212) 9621644
    +58 (212) 9621605
    F: +58 (212) 96202223
    E-mail: info.biolac@gmail.com