Core team

Dr. Amadeu Llebaria

Director

Amadeu Llebaria graduated in chemical engineering at Institut Químic de Sarrià  (IQS, Barcelona) and in chemistry at Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB). He obtained a PhD in chemical engineering (IQS, 1990) and a PhD in chemistry (University of Barcelona, 1992) working in synthesis methods mediated by transition metals. After a postdoctoral period in Germany (Gottingen, Armin de Meijere) as Alexander von Humboldt fellow he obtained a scientist position at CSIC (Spanish National Research Council) where he has developed his scientific career. During this time he has been working in different fields related to the synthesis and optimization of bioactive molecules. He has led several basic research and applied projects financed by public and private sources. His interests are related to the design and synthesis of molecules with biological activity. He is now working in different drug development projects in collaboration with biotech and pharmaceutical companies. The basic current research activities are related to the development of sugar mimetics and its therapeutic use in lysosomal storage diseases and as immunostimulants, and to give chemical support to collaborative projects in the role of glutamate receptors in pain. Research on light control of protein activity by means of small-molecule photoswitches has been started recently, with high potential for photopharmacology development and consolidation. The molecules have interesting uses as pharmacological tools in pharmacology, neurosciences, biochemistry and biology and show promise for radical innovations in drug development. He has a large experience in multidisciplinar collaborative research at the interface between chemistry, biochemistry and biology and in the development of molecules for biological and therapeutic use.

+34 93 400 61 08 / +34 689 002 398
amadeu.llebaria@iqac.csic.es
https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Amadeu_Llebaria

Dr. Xavier Gregori

Dr. Xavier Gregori

Management and Promotion

Xavier Gregori studied Chemistry at the University of Barcelona (UB) and obtained a PhD in Biochemistry at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB). He also holds a Master‘s degree in Biotechnology, a Master’s degree in Innovation Management and a postgraduate degree in Medical Devices.
After several years as a researcher, he moved to the field of intellectual property, where he has held several management positions both in private companies and academia, mainly related to intellectual property management and technology transfer.

Tel. (+34) 934 006 100 ext. 1264
xavier.gregori@iqac.csic.es

Dra. Carme Serra

Dra. Carme Serra

Technical Director

Carme Serra studied Chemistry at the University of Barcelona and obtained her PhD also in this field. She has worked as a researcher in the Medicinal Chemistry Department of a pharmaceutical company, leading several medicinal chemistry projects. Later, she joined the SIMChem (part of MCS) as Technical Director. She has been in charge of several collaboration projects, mainly with pharma and biotech companies, that involved custom synthesis, process development, etc.

Tel. (+34) 934 006 100 ext. 2166
carme.serra@iqac.csic.es

Dra. Lourdes Muñoz

Dra. Lourdes Muñoz

Analysis Manager

Lourdes Muñoz graduated in Chemistry at the University of Barcelona and obtained a Master’s degree and later a PhD in Organic Chemistry. She worked as a postdoctoral researcher at the University of California, Davis-USA. She has also had a number of post-doctoral research positions before joining the MCS.

Tel. (+34) 934 006 100 ext. 2315
lourdes.munoz@iqac.csic.es

Dr. Juanlo Catena

Dr. Juanlo Catena

Synthesis Manager

Juanlo Catena graduated in Pharmacy at the University of Barcelona and received his PhD in synthesis of natural products from the same University. After a post-doctoral stay at the University College of London, he worked for two pharmaceutical companies as a researcher and lately as Head of the Medicinal Chemistry Department. He has been involved in the management of medicinal chemistry projects, process development, regulatory compliance and quality assurance. Before joining the MCS, he held a position of Project Manager in a biotech company.

Tel. (+34) 934 006 100 ext. 2119
juanlo.catena@iqac.csic.es