Dr. Fernando Reyes

Position
Head of the Chemistry Department

Institution/Company
Fundación Medina

Address
Centro de Excelencia en Investigación de Medicamentos Innovadores en Andalucía, Avda. del Conocimiento 3, 18016 Armilla, Granada, España

Fernando Reyes

Fernando Reyes received his PhD in Organic Chemistry from the University of Granada (Spain) in 1995, working under the supervision of Profs. Alejandro F. Barrero and Eduardo Cabrera. In 1997, he started an 18 month post-doctoral stage with Prof. Chris Abell at the University of Cambridge (UK), focused on the synthesis of potential inhibitors of enzymes of the shikimate and pantothenate pathways. Over the last 15 years, he has worked on the isolation and structural elucidation of bioactive natural products from several sources and for different companies, including Smithkline Beecham and PharmaMar. His work in this last company during the period 2000-2010 was mainly dedicated to the isolation of bioactive metabolites from marine organisms. Additionally, he possesses a wide experience in the structural elucidation of natural products using spectroscopic techniques, having solved a huge number of complex structures.

Currently, Fernando Reyes is Area Head of the Chemistry Department at Fundación MEDINA, where he leads a group of scientists working on isolation and structural characterisation of bioactive metabolites from microbial sources, including actinomycetes and fungi. He has co-authored more than 30 scientific publications in the field of natural products chemistry and is co-inventor of 11 international patents, all of them on anticancer marine natural products.  He is member of the editorial board of Marine Drugs and serves regularly as reviewer of several journals in the area of natural products.

Significant career milestones

Since September 2010
Area Head of the Chemistry Department at Fundacin Medina, Spain

2000-2008
Head of Natural Products Chemistry

2000-2008
Team Leader at PharmaMar

2000-2010
Senior Researcher at PharmaMar 

1998-2002
Researcher at SmithKline Beecham

1997 - 1998
Post-doc at the University of Cambridge, UK

1995
PdD in Organic Chemistry, University of Granada, Spain