Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile


Profesor Asistente

Especialidad: Optimization of metabolic systems, Modelling of bioprocesses, Statistical data analysis

Departamento de Ingeniería Química y Bioprocesos

2 2354 9674

Líneas de Investigación

Metabolic Engineering
Computational Systems Biotechnology
Bioprocess and Biosystems Optimization


Mendoza, S.N., Saa, P.A., Teusink, B., Agosin, E. (2022). Metabolic Modeling of Wine Fermentation at Genome Scale. In: Cortassa, S., Aon, M.A. (eds) Computational Systems Biology in Medicine and Biotechnology. Methods in Molecular Biology, vol 2399. Humana, New York, NY. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-0716-1831-8_16 (2022)
Computational Systems Biology in Medicine and Biotechnology 395–454
Torres, P., Saa, P.A., Albiol, J., Ferrer, P., Agosin, E., Contextualizedgenome-scale model unveils high-order metabolic effects of the specific growth rate and oxygenationlevel in recombinant Pichia pastoris, Metabolic Engineering Communications (2019), doi: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.mec.2019.e00103. (2019)
Metabolic Engineering Communications e00103


Pedro Saa received the BSc in Biological Engineering and MEngSc in Chemical and Bioprocess Engineering degrees with maximum distinction in 2012 from the School of Engineering of the Pontifical Catholic University of Chile (PUC). He was awarded prizes for Best master thesis and Best postgraduate student of the department. Between 2012 and 2013, he worked as project engineer in Fraunhofer Chile Research at the Center of Systems Biotechnology, and as a research scientist in the Laboratory of Biotechnology of the Department of Chemical and Bioprocess Engineering at PUC. In 2013, he was awarded the BECAS-CHILE and International Postgraduate Research Scholarships to pursue doctoral studies at The University of Queensland, Australia. In 2017, he was conferred a PhD in the field of Systems Biology. In 2018, Pedro Saa took an appointment as Assistant Professor at the Department of Chemical and Bioprocess Engineering of PUC. Professor Saa has been actively involved in the development of novel mathematical frameworks for better understanding cellular metabolism. These frameworks hold a wide range of applications from metabolic engineering to personalized medicine.


  • Ingeniero Civil de Biotecnología, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile
  • Magister en Ciencias de la Ingeniería, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile
  • Ph.D. en Biología de Sistemas, The University of Queensland

Premios y Distinciones

– Premio a la Innovación 2021, Escuela de Ingeniería, PUC.
– Metabolic Engineering XII Junior Researcher Grant 2018 (apoyo presentación investigación en ME-12, Munich).
– Premio Excelencia a la Docencia Profesores Jornada Parcial 2018, PUC.
– International Postgraduate Research Scholarship 2013, Australian Goverment (PhD).
– Beca de Doctorado Programa BECAS-CHILE 2013, Conicyt, Gobierno de Chile.


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