Julio Benites Vilchez is a Pharmaceutical Chemist from Universidad Nacional de Trujillo, Perú and a PhD in Exact Sciences, minor in Chemistry from the Pontifica Universidad Católica de Chile. He Assumed the Dean’s Office from the Faculty of Health Sciences of University Arturo Prat after having developed a vast experience in the field of Medical Chemistry and Natural Products, his research areas are: Medical Chemistry, Green Chemistry and Essential Oils.

Dr. Benites has developed also as Head of the Chemical and Pharmaceutical Sciences Department; Head of the EthnoPharmacology Institute (IDE), Head of the Chemistry Postgraduate course of University Arturo Prat, and member of the Faculty Meeting of the Northern Macro Zone Chemistry PhD Program. He is currently a part of the Exact and Natural Sciences Institute (ICEN).

He has participated with lectures in National and International Conferences, has published articles in both ISI and Scielo Journals and he has been awarded Fondecyt Research projects. In the Educational field, he has also overseen undergraduate and postgraduate thesis.