Lucia Cifuentes

Lucía Cifuentes, M.D., M.Sc.
Human Genetics Program, ICBM
Faculty of Medicine, University of Chile


  •  Master in Biostatistics, 1986. Public Health School, Faculty of Medicine, University of Chile.
  • Residency in Genetics, 1986. Faculty of Medicine, University of Chile.
  • Master in Biomedical Sciences Mention in Genetics, 1985, Faculty of Medicine, University of Chile.
  • M.D., 1982. Faculty of Medicine, University of Chile.

Lines of Research

  • Genetics of human populations
  • Forensic genetics
  • Genetic epidemiology

Selected Publications

  • Torrente M, Ríos C, Misad C, Acuña M, Cifuentes L. DNA extraction from laryngeal formalina fixed biopsias: Comparison of techniques. Acta Oto- Laringologica 131(3):330-3. 2011.
  • Amenabar F, Jorquera H, Acuña  M, Cifuentes L. CTG repeats at the myotonic protein kinase gene in a healthy Chilean population.  Acta Neurol Scand. 2009 May;119(5):321-4.
  • Jorquera H, Acuña M,  Cifuentes L. Estudios de parentesco mediante marcadores  del DNA: experiencia en resolución de casos en los últimos seis años. Rev. Med. Chile;136: 193:200. 2008.
  • Cifuentes L. Jorquera H, Acuña  M, Ordóñez J and  Sierra AL.  Allele frequencies for 12 autosomal STRs loci in two Bolivian populations. Genet. Mol. Res. 7 (1): 271-275 2008
  • Cifuentes L, Martínez E, Acuña M, Jorquera H. Probability of exclusion in paternity testing: time to reassess. J Forensic Sci. 51 (2): 349-350, 2006.
  • Acuña M, Eaton L, Cifuentes L. Genetic variants of the paraoxonases (PON1 and  PON2) in the Chilean population. Human Biology 76(2): 299-305, 2004.
  • Cifuentes L, Morales R, Sepúlveda D, Jorquera H, Acuña M. DYS19 and DYS199 loci in a Chilean population of mixed ancestry. Am. J. Phys. Anthropol. Sep;125(1):85-89, 2004.
  • Carriquiry F, Bacallao K, Acuña M, Cifuentes L.. Gene frequencies for three hypervariable DNA Loci in a Chilean Population of mixed ancestry. J Forensic Science 48(1): 220, 2003.
  • Cifuentes L, Acuña M, Sepúlveda D. Allele frequencies for six STR in a Chilean Population. J.Forensic Sci. 47(4): 904-905, 2002.
  • Cifuentes L, Armanet L, Aguirre R, Vargas J, Acuña M. Multilocus DNA fingerprinting in paternity analysis: a  Chilean experience. Genetics and Molecular Biology 23(4):  725-727, 2000.
  • Cifuentes L. and Jorquera H. Paternity Analysis in case of father-daughter incest using multiallelic loci. Hum.Hered.47:288-294, 1997.