PROFESORADO UNIVERSIDAD AUTÓNOMA DE MADRID

 

Javier Adrio Sevilla

Javier Adrio (Madrid, 1968) received his BSc from Universidad Autónoma de Madrid (UAM) in 1992. From 1995 to 2000 he carried out his PhD. thesis at the Department of Organic Chemistry (UAM), under the supervision of Prof. Juan Carlos Carretero. Up to 2003 he worked on PharmaMar S. A. as a senior scientist, during this period he undertook postdoctoral studies at the University of Pennsylvania with Prof. Madeleine M. Joullié. He returned to the UAM as a Ramon y Cajal researcher until he was appointed Associate Professor in 2010. His research interest includes the development of new methodologies in asymmetric catalysis and transition metal-catalyzed reactions. 

 

José Alemán 

José Alemán obtained his Ph.D., working on sulfur chemistry, under the supervision of Professor Jose Luis García Ruano in 2005. In 2003, he spent six months in the laboratory of Professor Albert Padwa at Emory University, Atlanta, USA. He subsequently carried out postdoctoral research (2006–2008) at the Center for Catalysis in Aarhus (Denmark) with Professor Karl A. Jørgensen. He returned to Spain in 2009 and is currently a ‘Ramón y Cajal’ researcher at the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid (Spain). His research interests include asymmetric synthesis and catalysis. More recently, he received a Consolidator Grant awarded by the European Research Council.

 

M. Inés Alonso Montero 

M. Inés Alonso Montero received her Ph.D degree from Universidad Autónoma de Madrid (UAM), Spain, in 1993 under the supervision of Prof. José L. García Ruano and Prof. Juan C. Carretero. During this period, she was appointed as Assistant Professor at the Department of Organic Chemistry. After postdoctoral studies in the Organic Chemistry Institute at CSIC in Madrid (with Dr. N. Khiar in Prof. M. Martín Lomas’s group) and at the University of Cambridge (UK, with Prof. P. Raithby), in 1995 she returned to the Department of Organic Chemistry of the UAM, where she became Associate Professor in 2006. In 2001, in collaboration with Prof. M. Alcamí (Department of Chemistry of the UAM) she began her work on computational chemistry. Her current research is driven by puzzling mechanistic questions in the areas of stereoselective synthetic reactions, asymmetric catalysis, stereocontrolled metal-catalyzed reactions and C-H activation processes.

 

Giovanni Bottari 

Giovanni Bottari received his Bachelor degree from the University of Messina (Italy) and his Ph.D. degree from the University of Edinburgh (United Kingdom) working in the preparation and study of stimulus-responsive rotaxane-based systems. In 2003, he joined the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid (UAM) initially as a Marie Curie Intra-European Fellow and later as a “Ramón y Cajal”. Currently, he is Assistant Professor of Organic Chemistry at UAM and Associate Scientist at IMDEA Nanoscience. His current research interests include the synthesis and study of covalent and supramolecular phthalocyanine-based donor−acceptor molecular materials and their self-organization both in solution and on surfaces.

 

Elena Bueñuel Magdalena

Elena Buñuel Magdalena graduated in Chemistry from the Universidad de Zaragoza and received his PhD in Organic Chemistry at this university under the supervision of Prof. Carlos Cativiela Marín and Dr. M. Dolores Díaz de Villegas Solans. After a postdoctoral stay at the Dyson Perrins Laboratory (University of Oxford-UK) with Prof. Stephen G. Davies, she joined the Department of Organic Chemistry of the Universidad de Zaragoza as a Postdoctoral Researcher to work on asymmetric synthesis of amino acids. In 2001, she moved to the Department of Organic Chemistry of the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid (UAM), as an Assistant Professor, to work on the computational study of metal-catalyzed reaction mechanisms with Prof. Antonio Echavarren Pablos. In 2004 she participated, with Prof. Diego Cárdenas Morales, in the creation of the research group called ”Organometallic Chemistry Directed Towards Organic Synthesis” of the Department of Organic Chemistry (UAM). In 2008, she got the position as an Associate Professor at this University. From the creation of this research group to the present, she has carried out her research work co-supervising the students and coworkers at the group. Her research interests are the development of new synthetic methods based on the organometallic chemistry of transition metals, and the experimental and computational study of metal-catalyzed reaction mechanisms.

 

Diego J. Cárdenas 

Diego J. Cárdenas graduated in Chemistry at the Universidad de Granada in 1990, and received his Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry at the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid (UAM) in 1994, under the supervision of Prof. Antonio M. Echavarren. After a postdoctoral stay (1995-96) at the Université Louis Pasteur (Strasbourg, France) with Prof. Jean-Pierre Sauvage, he joined the Department of Organic Chemistry of the UAM as an Assistant Professor. In 2001 he was awarded the Young Researchers Award by the Spanish Royal Society of Chemistry, and was promoted to Associate Professor. He became full Professor in 2010. Prof. Cárdenas has published over 90 articles in organic and organometallic chemistry (h = 33). His current research interests are the development of new synthetic methods based on the organometallic chemistry of transition metals, and the experimental and computational study of metal-catalyzed reactions mechanisms. Along his career his has been also involved in the synthesis of organic natural products and electro- and photoactive compounds, as well as in the study of water-mediated proton-coupled electron transfer reactions.

 

Mª Carmen Carreño

M. Carmen Carreño was born in Madrid, Spain.

 

She studied Chemistry at the Universidad Complutense de Madrid and she received her Ph. D. in 1978 under the guidance of Professor Francisco Fariña at the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid (UAM). After a three years period working on conformational analysis of sulfur compounds with Professor J. L. García Ruano (UAM) she began working in Asymmetric Synthesis with sulfoxides. In 1984 she assumed the position of Profesor Titular and in 2005 full Professor at the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid. Since 1990 she has been Associate Professor at the Ecole de Chimie, Polymères et Matériaux (ECPM), Université de Strasbourg, (UdS) Strasbourg (France). She is the coordinator at the UAM of the Double Master Diplome UAM/ECPM/UdS.

 

She had been visiting Professor at the ECPM/UdS (France) and at the University of East Anglia, Norwich, (UK). Since 1989 she has been developing a scientific collaboration with Professors Guy Solladié and FranÇoise Colobert (ECPM/UdS) .

 

Her current research interests include synthetic and mechanistic aspects of diastereoselective nucleophilic additions and asymmetric Diels-Alder reactions involving sulfoxides and total synthesis of biologically active compounds as well as enantiopure new materials. 

 

Juan Carlos Carretero Gonzálvez 

Juan Carlos Carretero Gonzálvez (Madrid) se licenció en Ciencias Químicas por la Universidad Autónoma de Madrid (UAM) en 1982 (Premio Extraordinario de Licenciatura) y realizó la Tesis Doctoral en el Departamento de Química Orgánica de la UAM bajo la dirección del profesor José Luis García Ruano en el área de síntesis y análisis conformacional de compuestos de azufre, obteniendo el grado de doctor en 1985 (Premio Extraordinario de Doctorado). Realizó a continuación una estancia postdoctoral en la Universidad Católica de Lovaina (Bélgica) en el grupo del profesor Leon Ghosez. Durante esta estancia postdoctoral (1986-1988) participó en diversos proyectos en áreas de metodología en síntesis orgánica y química médica, especialmente el desarrollo de nuevos equivalentes de homoenolato y la síntesis de inhibidores de D,D-peptidasas. En 1988 se reincorporó al Departamento de Química Orgánica de la UAM como Profesor Titular y en el año 2000 obtuvo una plaza de Catedrático de Química Orgánica. Ha sido director del Departamento de Química Orgánica durante 2010-2014.

 

Desde el comienzo de su carrera investigadora el Dr. Carretero se ha interesado por el desarrollo de nueva metodología en síntesis orgánica, inicialmente en el ámbito de la síntesis asimétrica con auxiliares quirales y en la última década en el campo de la catálisis por metales de transición, con especial énfasis en las áreas de la catálisis asimétrica (desarrollo de nuevos ligandos quirales y procesos de cicloadición enantioselectivos) y funcionalización selectiva de enlaces múltiples C-C y C-N, así como nuevos métodos de activación C(sp2)-H y C(sp3)-H.

Ha impartido más de 80 conferencias en congresos e instituciones nacionales e internacionales y ha sido profesor visitante por la Universidad de Estrasburgo (2008). Ha publicado más de 180 artículos científicos y dirigido 25 Tesis Doctorales.

 

Reconocimientos

Premio a Investigadores Noveles de la RSEQ (1990).

Premio de la Fundación General de la UAM a la Investigación (1993).

Premio de Química Orgánica de la RSEQ (2010).

Conferencia Serratosa (2015).

 

Mª Belén Cid

Mª Belén Cid completed her Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry (with Prof. M. C. Carreño and Prof. J. L. García Ruano, 1995) at the Autónoma University of Madrid in 1995 in the area of asymmetric synthesis. Between 1996 and 1999, she worked in the laboratories of Prof. Gerald Pattenden, at the Nottingham University as a Marie Curie postdoctoral fellow on the total synthesis of amphidinolide B. After several years working on carbohydrate chemistry (CSIC of Seville and Madrid), she returned as a Ramón y Cajal Researcher to the Autónoma University of Madrid where she was promoted to Associate Professor in 2009. Dr Cid has also been visiting professor at the Center for Catalysis in Aarhus (Denmark) working with Professor Karl Anker Jørgensen. Her research interests focus on the development of new organocatalytic transformations, the use of organosulfur compounds in organic synthesis and more recently on the potential applications of graphene derivatives as support of metallic and organic catalysts. 

 

Alberto Fraile

Alberto Fraile received his Ph.D. in 2003, focusing on asymmetric 1,3-dipolar cycloadditions to chiral vinyl sulfoxides at the Universidad Autonoma de Madrid (Madrid, 2003) under the supervision of Dr. María Rosario Martín Ramos and Professor José Luis García Ruano. After that, he was working together Sanofi-Aventis Company on “studies on improving intermediate synthesis of several drugs” during six years. In 2011 he carried out postdoctoral stay at the Center for Catalysis in Aarhus (Denmark) with Professor Karl Anker Jorgensen. In 2000 he achieved a position as Assistant Professor at the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid and since 2013 is an Associate Professor. His research involves asymmetric synthesis, sulfur chemistry and organocatalysis.

Ramón Gomez Arrayás

 

Ramón Gómez Arrayás (Sevilla, 1969) se licenció en Ciencias Químicas en la Universidad Autónoma de Madrid en 1992. Obtuvo el Grado de Licenciatura en 1994 con un trabajo sobre síntesis asimétrica de ciclopentitoles mediada por sulfóxidos dirigido por el Prof. José Luis García Ruano y la Prof. M. Carmen Carreño. Desarrolló su Tesis Doctoral en síntesis asimétrica empleando sulfonas bajo la dirección del Prof. Juan Carlos Carretero, obteniendo el título de Doctor en Químicas por la UAM en junio de 1999 (Premio Extraordinario de Doctor UAM-2000). Movido por su interés en la química organometálica, en septiembre de 1999 inició una estancia posdoctoral de 27 meses en el grupo del Prof. Lanny S. Liebeskind (Universidad de Emory, Atlanta), período en el que disfrutó de una beca OTAN y trabajó en reacciones de cicloadición de complejos p-molibdeno enantiopuros dirigidas a la síntesis asimétrica de sistemas heterocíclicos complejos. En enero de 2002 regresó al Departamento de Química Orgánica de la UAM, reincorporándose al grupo del Prof. Carretero como Investigador Ramón y Cajal. Desde 2003 dirige, junto con el Prof. Carretero una nueva línea investigadora en catálisis metálica basada en el empleo de grupos coordinantes de azufre. En 2006, a la finalización del contrato Ramón y Cajal fue contratado por la UAM como Profesor Contratado Doctor. En julio de 2007 superó la prueba de Habilitación Nacional para Profesor Titular de Universidad y en mayo de 2008 fue nombrado por la UAM Profesor Titular, cargo que ocupa hasta la fecha.

Es coautor de más de 70 artículos, ha impartido más de 10 conferencias invitadas en congresos y centros de investigación nacionales e internacionales. Asimismo ha codirigido 10 Tesis Doctorales en los últimos 10 años, tres de las cuales han recibido el premio Lilly de investigación (otras dos fueron finalistas), y dos han recibido el premio RSEQ a la mejor Tesis de la Comunidad de Madrid. Sus intereses se centran en el desarrollo de nuevas estrategias para el control de la reactividad y selectividad de procesos catalíticos para dar solución a importantes desafíos sintéticos. Entre las líneas de trabajo más activas destacan la activación de enlaces C-H y la funcionalización catalítica de sistemas p basada en complejos B-Cu y Si-Cu.

David Gonzalez Rodriguez

 

David Gonzalez-Rodriguez (Madrid, 1976) obtained his degree in Chemistry in 1999 at the Universidad Complutense de Madrid. He then joined the Nanoscience and Molecular Materials research group of Prof. Tomas Torres at the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, where he obtained his PhD in Organic Chemistry in 2003. Between 2005 and 2008, Dr. Gonzalez-Rodriguez worked in the laboratories of Prof. E.W. (Bert) Meijer, at the Technological University of Eindhoven as a Marie Curie postdoctoral fellow.

Dr. Gonzalez-Rodriguez is the author of around 50 publications as well as several patents and book chapters. He has been the recipient of numerous Spanish and International Fellowships and Grants, among them the Marie Curie Intra-European Fellowship, the Marie Curie Reintegration Grants, and more recently, an ERC-Starting Grant (PROGRAM-NANO). He has also been awarded with several prizes for young researchers: the 2010 SUSCHEM Prize, the 2011 Sigma Aldrich Emerging Investigator Award of the Spanish Royal Society of Chemistry (RSEQ), the 2012 Young Investigator Award from the International Society of Porphyrins and Phthalocyanines, or the 2012 Young Researcher Award from the Universidad Complutense de Madrid. Since 2013 he is a member of the advisory board of Chemical Communications.

Since 2011, he leads the group of Nanostructured Molecular Systems and Materials (MSM) at the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, where he is Associate Professor. His research interests focus on the development of new, versatile strategies to improve or create novel functions in organic materials by rationally ordering molecules at the nanoscale using the tools of self-assembly. The potential applications of such molecular nanostructured systems range from optoelectronic p-functional devices to custom-tailored nanoporous networks.

 

Marta Gutiérrez Rodríguez

Marta Gutiérrez-Rodríguez obtained her degree in Chemistry in 1998 and the Master degree one year later, at the Universidad Complutense de Madrid. After that, she joined the Instituto de Química Médica (CSIC) to work in the peptidomimetics field under the supervision of Dr. Rosario Herranz. Once she obtained her PhD degree in 2004 from the Universidad Complutense de Madrid, she started a post-doctoral stay in the group of Prof. H. Waldmann at the Chemical Biology Department of the Max Planck Institute. Her research was focused on the microarray technology and its application to the discovery of biochemical interactions. Afterwards, back in Spain, she worked at the Spanish National Cancer Research Centre (CNIO) during two years. In 2008, she got a permanent position as tenured scientist at the Instituto de Química Médica (CSIC), where she is currently running her scientific activity. Her research interest focuses on the study of new modulators of protein-protein interactions relevant in neurodegeneration.

 

Gunther Hennrich 

Gunther Hennrich graduated 1997 in chemistry from the Universität Regensburg and obtained his Ph.D. from the TU Berlin, Germany (2000). After a two-year postdoctoral stay with Prof. Eric V. Anslyn at the University of Texas at Austin, he joined the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid as Ramón y Cajal Research Fellow. In 2008 he was appointed Associate Professor and in 2010 promoted to Assistant Professor at the same university. He has published approx. 60 scientific papers and book chapters in international journals in the fields of multidisciplinary chemistry and materials science. The ISI web of knowledge lists his current h–index as 17.

 

Ana María Martín Castro

Ana María Martín Castro (Madrid, 1964) was graduated in Chemical Sciences (specialized area of Organic Chemistry) from the Universidad Autonoma of Madrid (1982-87). She received her M.D. (1988, Special Degree Award with honours) and Ph.D. (1993, Special Doctoral Award with honours) from the Universidad Autonoma of Madrid under supervision of Professors J. L. García Ruano and J. H. Rodríguez Ramos, in the field of the sulfoxide-assisted asymmetric synthesis. As a postdoctoral fellow she joined the groups of Professors P. R. Raithby (Cambridge, 1997) and V. K. Aggarwal (Sheffield, 1998-2000) with funding from the Royal Society of London. Dr. Martin Castro is currently an Associate Professor at the Organic Chemistry Department of the Universdad Autonoma of Madrid, a position that she holds since March 2006. Her current research interests include the development of novel asymmetric methodologies assisted by a chiral sulfinyl group, and more recently connected with the field of asymmetric catalysis. She has supervised three doctoral thesis and over ten master projects. For over fifteen years she is engaged in the subject related to structural and stereochemical aspects of organic compounds within the Doctoral Programme of the Organic Chemistry Department of the Autonoma University of Madrid.

 

Mercedes Martín Martínez

Licenciada y doctora en ciencias químicas por la Universidad Complutense de Madrid. La tesis doctoral la realizó en el instituto de Química Médica (IQM, CSIC), y posteriormente se incorporó al el grupo del Prof. Tom Blundell, Universidad de Cambridge, para una estancia postdoctoral dentro del campo de la modelización molecular. Tras dicha estancia se reincorporó al IQM y su actividad investigadora se enmarca dentro de la búsqueda de compuestos capaces de modular la actividad biológica de proteínas de interés terapéutico.

Entre sus líneas de investigación se encuentra el estudio de aminoácidos conformacionalmente restringidos como inductores de estructura secundaria peptídica, de interés para la modulación de interacciones proteína-proteína. En este campo se han descrito inductores de giros inverso, b y g, y de estructuras helicoidales.

A lo largo de su trayectoria ha estado implicada en el estudio de diversas diana terapéuticas, entre ellas los receptores de CCK, BDNF, VEGF... Actualmente se centra en el estudio de dos proteínas relacionadas con canales iónicos, en concreto el receptor mineralocorticoide y la proteína DREAM. En estos estudios se utilizan las herramientas del diseño asistido por ordenador en la obtención de hits, asi como en su posterior optimización. Se buscan tanto prototipos que puedan servir de base para el desarrollo de futuros fármacos, como herramientas que permitan entender el interactoma y funciones biológicas de las diana en estudio.

 

M. Victoria Martínez-Díaz

Since 2002 M. Victoria Martínez-Díaz is Associate Professor of Organic Chemistry at Universidad Autonoma of Madrid (UAM) and a member of the Nanoscience and Molecular Materials research group. Her current research focuses on the synthesis, supramolecular aspects and photovoltaic applications of phthalocyanine-based materials, area in which she has published more than 70 coauthored papers. Before that, she gained her PhD in 1994 from UAM under the supervision of Prof. Torres. After one year at CEA-Saclay (France) working on the organization of molecules by the Langmuir-Blodgett technique, she was research fellow for two years in the group of Prof. F. J. Stoddart in Birmingham (UK) studying the self-assembly of switchable interlocked molecules.

Pablo Mauleón 

 

Dr. Pablo Mauleón earned his PhD. Degree at the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid in 2006, working with Prof. Juan C. Carretero to develop Pd and Rh catalyzed stereo- and enantioselective transformations on vinyl sulfones. During his graduate studies, Pablo discovered a cascade reaction by sequencing a series of C-H functionalization events, and later developed the first application of metal coordinating pyridyl sulfones in transition metal-catalyzed processes. In 2006-2008, and as an MICINN Postdoctoral Scholar with Prof. F. Dean Toste at the University of California, Berkeley (USA), Pablo worked on the development of new Au catalyzed ligand control [2+2], [3+2], [4+2], and [4+3] cyclization reactions, with particular emphasis on the study of reaction mechanisms. In this context, he studied the oxidation of gold-carbenoids and the rearrangement of propargylic esters, arguably two of the most prominent gold catalyzed transformations. In 2009 Pablo moved to the University of Basel (Switzerland), where he worked as a Marie Curie Postdoctoral Scholar with Prof. Andreas Pfaltz on the synthetic and theoretical study of alternatives to Frustrated Lewis Pair systems for small molecule activation. During this period, Pablo developed the first FLP system that uses oxygen-containing bases for dihydrogen heterolytic activation. After a six-years stint, Pablo returned the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid in 2011 as a Ramón y Cajal Researcher in the Department of Chemistry, where he is currently working on new methods for the stereo- and regioselective functionalization of olefins, alkynes, or allenes, as well as the development of conceptually novel pyridinum-based hydrogenation processes.

María Jesús Pérez de Vega

 

Tras una primera etapa de formación, en la que su labor investigadora se desarrolló en el ámbito de la Síntesis Orgánica (Universidad de Murcia, Tesis Doctoral, 1987) y la Química Supramolecular (Estancia postdoctoral con el Prof. J.M. Lehn, en el Collège de France, París 1988-1989), se incorporó, en calidad de Químico Médico, al Departamento de Investigación Básica de Laboratorios Knoll SA  (División Farmacéutica de BASF).  Durante un periodo de 12 años su trabajo estuvo centrado en el diseño, síntesis y desarrollo de nuevos agentes con actividad terapéutica, participando en diferentes proyectos de investigación, enmarcados todos ellos en el área terapéutica de Oncología/Inmunología.

Desde enero de 2003 desarrolla su actividad en el Instituto de Química Médica del CSIC, Durante esta última etapa su trabajo se ha enmarcado principalmente en el área de la modulación de interacciones proteína-proteína de interés terapéutico. El proyecto en el que ha estado más directamente involucrada tenía como objetivo la búsqueda de agentes capaces de modular la interacción del factor del crecimiento del endotelio vascular (VEGF) con sus receptores (VEGFRs), con el fin de encontrar nuevos agentes antiangiogénicos. Recientemente, su trabajo se ha enfocado hacia la modulación del funcionamiento de diversos canales iónicos, y más de lleno en la búsqueda de moduladores alostéricos positivos de los receptores nicotínicos α7, y de antagonistas de los canales termosensoriales TRPV1 y TRPM8.

 

Eva María Priego Crespo

Graduated in Chemistry (Complutense University in Madrid), she has developed her scientific career working with several research groups where she has been able to work in different fields of organic synthesis, applied chemistry, medicinal chemistry and computational chemistry. Her training began in Prof. Nazario Martin group (Faculty of Chemistry from Complutense University), first to receive her Bachelor´s Degree, and later in 1999 thanks to a collaboration grant with the pharmaceutical company JANSSEN-CILAG. In 2000, she joined the Medicinal Chemistry Institute of CSIC to complete her Ph. D. under the supervision of Prof Mª Jesús Pérez Pérez. Then, she performed a postdoctoral stay (2004-2006) at Cambridge University working in bioinformatics and molecular modeling within Sir Tom Blundell research group. In 2007 she came back to the Nucleoside Group at IQM-CSIC where she is Tenured Scientist since 2009. Her research interests are in the areas of computer-aided drug design, homology modeling, computer simulations of biological systems and virtual screening.

During her professional career, she has worked in different therapeutic areas such as antivirals, adenosine receptor antagonists, and, above all, cancer. In this sense, it is important to highlight her contributions in the molecular modeling of transcription regulators involved in a type of lymphoblastic leukemia, and especially in antivascular strategies against tumor growth, both with the design and synthesis of angiogenesis inhibitors, and more recently, in the design of vascular disrupting agents, thus opening a new research line in the group and the supervision of two Ph. D. students who got their Ph.D. degrees in 2014 and 2017.

 

Ernesto Quesada del Sol

Ernesto Quesada del Sol se licenció en Ciencias Químicas (especialidad Química Orgánica) por la Universidad Autónoma de Madrid (UAM, 1990-1995) y obtuvo el grado de licenciatura en la misma Universidad en 1997 (Prof. Tomás Torres). Posteriormente, obtuvo el grado de Doctor en Ciencias en el año 2000 (UAM) tras llevar a cabo la Tesis Doctoral conjuntamente en los Institutos de Química Orgánica General (IQOG) y de Química Física Rocasolano (IQFR) del CSIC (Dr. Francisco Amat-Guerri y Dr. Ulises Acuña). Durante este periodo realizó diferentes estancias predoctorales en la Université Louis Pasteur/CNRS en Strasbourg (Francia) (Prof. Guy Ourisson). A continuación, llevó a cabo un postdoctorado en el IQOG (2001-2002) (Prof. Serafín Valverde) y posteriormente en la University of York (Reino Unido, 2003-2005) (Prof. Richard J. K. Taylor).

En 2005 regresó a España, donde se incorporó al grupo de investigación Nucleósidos y análogos como fuente de moléculas bioactivas del Insituto de Química Médica CSIC (IQM) con un contrato JAE-DOC, obteniendo en 2007 la plaza de Científico Titular.

Su trayectoria ha abarcado diferentes facetas de la química orgánica, desde la síntesis total de productos naturales hasta el desarrollo de metodología sintética, centrándose desde su incorporación al IQM en la obtención de moléculas con actividad biológica dirigidas al tratamiento de enfermedades infecciosas.

 

Nuria Rodríguez

Nuria Rodríguez was born in 1978 in Valencia (Spain). After completion of her chemistry studies at the University of Valencia, she gained her doctorate in the group of G. Asensio and M. Medio-Simón. She worked with L. J. Gooßen as a Humboldt postdoctoral fellow starting 2006. The emphasis of her work was the development of decarboxylative cross-coupling reactions. In 2011, she took up a Ramon y Cajal research position at the University of Madrid (Spain). Her current research focuses on the development of catalytic systems for the activation of C-H inert bonds.

Mª Mercedes Rodríguez Fernández

 

Mª Mercedes Rodríguez Fernández was graduated in Chemistry at the Universidad Complutense de Madrid. She received her Ph.D. in 2001 from the Universidad Complutense de Madrid, working on the synthesis of glycosidase inhibitors from carbohydrates via free radical cyclization strategies, under the supervision of  Professor J. L. Marco Contelles (Instituto de Química Orgánica General, CSIC). In 2001 she joined the group of Professor J. L. García Ruano at the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, working in the field of asymmetric synthesis with sulfoxides. From 2005 to 2007 she carried out two research stays at the University of Poitiers (France) and the University of Bristol (UK). Since 2008 she is Profesora Contratada Doctora at the Organic Chemistry Department of the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid. Her current research interests include the study of stereoselective radical processes and asymmetric synthesis. For one year she is engaged in the subject related to “Scientific information and Patents in Chemistry” within the Master's Degree in Organic Chemistry of the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid.

 

M. Salomé Rodríguez-Morgade

M. Salomé Rodríguez-Morgade is an Associate Professor at the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid (UAM). After her graduation in Chemistry (1988) at the same university, she worked for two years as a researcher at the pharmaceutical company Alonga-Synthelabo. In 1991, she joined Prof. Tomás Torres group (UAM) and received her Ph. D. degree in 1995, working on the chemistry of [2,1]benzisoxazolequinones. Following postdoctoral work at Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen (1996, Human and Capital Mobility) and at Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine (1997-1999, Marie Curie Fellow), she returned to Madrid with a Reintegration Grant. She was honoured with a Ramón y Cajal research contract in 2003. In 2008, she was appointed Assistant Professor and promoted to Associate Professor in 2010. Her research interests comprise the synthesis and properties of several classes of azaporphyrins including phthalocyanines, porphyrazines and their expanded and contracted analogues, as well as the assembly of covalent and supramolecular multichromophore hybrids, for their application in PDT and artificial photosynthesis.

Juan Carlos Rodríguez Ubis

 

Juan Carlos Rodríguez-Ubis received his PhD (1983) from UAM, where he worked on the synthesis of natural products. In 1983, he moved to France as a postdoctoral fellow with Prof. Lehn (Université Louis Pasteur, Strasbourg) doing research on synthetic cryptands based on pyridine subunits as light antenna for lanthanide emission.
In 1986, he became Organic Chemistry Assistant Professor and in 2010 Full Professor at UAM. He was director of the research facilities (SIdI) of the University (1995-2010). His current research interest involves supramolecular processes associated with lanthanide luminescent probes with application in bioassays, luminescent Metal Organic Frameworks (MOFs) and gels, layered materials based on zirconium phosphate as well as organic synthesis and organic reaction mechanism.
He has also a fruitfully and long term collaboration with pharmaceutical company “ERCROS PHARMACY” being director of a sponsored chair.

 

Gema de la Torre Ponce

Gema de la Torre graduated in Chemistry (1992) and obtained her PhD (1998) from Universidad Autónoma de Madrid (UAM). Currently she is Associate Professor in the Organic Chemistry Department at UAM, at the Nanoscience and Molecular Materials Research Group.  Her current research interests are the synthesis of new phthalocyanines as Molecular Materials, in particular for their application as single-molecule magnets, in organic solar cells, and in related energy conversion systems based on carbon nanostructures, the latter including phthalocyanine-nanotube and phthalocyanine-graphene ensembles. She has published more than 70 papers in high impact journals.

Antonio Urbano

 

Antonio Urbano obtained his Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry from the Universidad Autónoma of Madrid (Prof. J. Luis. García Ruano and Prof. M. Carmen Carreño) in 1991. He spent one postdoctoral year (1992-1993) working with Professor Guy Solladié at the Université Louis Pasteur in Strasbourg (France) on the total synthesis of natural leukotriene B4. In 1994, he was appointed Assistant Professor at the UAM and promoted to Associate Professor in 1998. He has designed and developed different strategies towards the total synthesis of several natural products such as angucyclines, chromans, p-quinols, macrolactones, cyclic ethers…  His current research interests are in the synthetic applications of Oxone as a source of singlet oxygen, the asymmetric preparation of natural products and the synthesis and properties of chiral helicenes and ferrocenes.

María Zarzuelo

 

María M. Zarzuelo received her BSc (1993) and her PhD Degree (2000) at the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid (UAM), working with Prof. José Luis García Ruano in asymmetric synthesis induced by quiral sulfoxides. In 1999 she joined PharmaMar where she has directly work in different research and CMC (Chemistry, Manufacturing and Controls) activities through the lifecycle of oncologic drugs from discovery to market, in the first years as part of the R&D Area and then (from 2001) in the Development Department in Operations Area.

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