Carolina Moraleda Chiang [Alumni]

Robledo Group, PhD student

Current research

Carolina Moraleda

My research interest is to investigate the physiological functions of candidate genes related to disease resistance in aquaculture species. I am currently developing an in vitro model of Atlantic salmon (Salmo salar) cell line to assess the consequences and impact of CRISPR/Cas9 knockout of genes related to Piscirickettsia salmonis infection.


Favourite aquaculture species  

Every fish is my friend but Atlantic salmon (Salmo salar) is my bestie.



I trained as a fish pathologist at the National Reference Laboratory for Fish Diseases in Universidad de Chile, where I studied the impact of the Piscirickettsial Adhesion Complex (PAC) in survival and persistence of P. salmonis in the marine environment.

  • [2004 – 2011]         BSc (Veterinary Medicine)
  • [2012 – 2015]         Animal Health Manager in Aquasan S.A.
  • [2016 – 2018]         MSc (Animal and Veterinary Sciences)
  • [2018 – Present]   PhD Candidate (Genetics and Genomics).


Interests, hopes and dreams

I enjoy outdoor sports such as hiking, running and winter sports; also CrossFit and weightlifting. I love animals in general and my dog in particular (I have a certificate).