M.Sc. Ignacio Sottorff

Research Division 3: Marine Ecology
RU Marine Symbioses

Room: DW-314
Phone: +49 431 600-4492
Fax: +49 431 600-4482
Email: isottorff(at)geomar.de

Düsternbrooker Weg 20
D-24105 Kiel




Since October 2015

PhD Student at GEOMAR-Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel, Germany.

2012 - 2014

MSc. Marine Chemical Biology at Scripps Institution of Oceanography. La Jolla, CA, USA.

2010 – 2011

Internship in Vegetal Biotechnology for alkaloid production. Universidad Mayor, Santiago, Chile.


Research Assistant. Natural products laboratory, Natural and Oceanographic Sciences faculty, Universidad Concepcion. Concepcion, Chile.


Bachelor of Engineering, Marine Biotechnology and Oceanography. Universidad de Concepcion. Concepcion, Chile.



  • Marine Natural Products Chemistry.
  • Understanding of the expression of Natural Products
  • Elicitation and co-culture of marine bacteria
  • Biosynthesis of marine natural products
  • Mass Networking
  • NMR


Sottorff, I., A. Aballay, Hernández, V., Becerra, J., Silva, M, Astuya, A. Characterization of bioactive molecules isolated from sea cucumber Athyonidium chilensis. Revista de biología marina y oceanografía 48: 23-35, 2013.

Sottorff, I., Díaz, A., Rozas, Z., Hernández, V., Becerra, J., Silva, M Astuya, A. COMPUESTOS BIOACTIVOS (SAPONINAS) DESDE ATHONIDIUM CHILENSIS. ¿FUENTE POTENCIAL DE FARMACOS PARA LA INDUSTRIA ACUICOLA. Biological Research. R-107. Volume 41 (supplement A) 2008.



Attendance. 25th Frontiers in Chemistry. Scripps Research Institute. La Jolla, California, USA, January 2014.

Attendance. 16 th Annual San Diego MEDCHEM Symposium, University of California at San Diego. July 2013.

Poster Presentation. II Internal Congress of Bioengineering (Biological Science department). Presenting: Athyonidium chilensis (ECHINODERMATA, HOLOTHUROIDEA) and its biotechnological applications”. Concepción, Chile. August 2009.


Poster Presentation. XXIX Congress of the Marine Sciences Society. Presenting: Athyonidium chilensis (ECHINODERMATA, HOLOTHUROIDEA) and its biotechnological applications. Talcahuano”, Chile. May 2009.


Poster Presentation. LI Congress of the Biology Society of Chile. Presenting: Athyonidium chilensis (ECHINODERMATA, HOLOTHUROIDEA): as a potential source of drugs for aquaculture? Pucón, Chile. November 2008.


Attendance. XL Annual Reunion of the Genetic Society of Chile. “Genetic and Biotechnology”. Tome, Chile. November 2007.


Attendance.  Safety of genetically modified food: An European view. Faculty of Veterinary Sciences, University of Concepción. Concepción, Chile. October 2007.


Attendance. Chilean Congress of Biotechnology: A tool for development in the Bio-Bio region. University of Concepción Auditorium. Concepción, Chile. October 2007.