HISTORY

Our research group was founded in the middle of 2019 by Dr. Eduardo Sobarzo-Sánchez, full professor and researcher subscribed to the Facultad de Ciencias de la Salud at the Universidad Central de Chile (UCEN) as a way to gather a group of researchers that, across their skills and research expertise, the members of the Medicinal and Bioinorganic Chemistry (QMEDBIN) research group could generate new knowledge and attract with their academic achievements and research, under- and postgraduate students either at the Universidad Central de Chile and other chilean universities. In this sense, the collaboration of researchers in the scope of the Medicinal Chemistry and Natural Products in varied universities in- and out of Chile, it will enable our growth as research group and obtaining financial support either with internal or external grants. From beginnings of 2019, Dr. Marianela Saldías Pérez joined this research group as main researcher of the Programa de Atracción e Inserción de Capital Humano Avanzado-PAI 2019, the first project of this type financed by CONICYT that Universidad Central de Chile obtained as sponsoring institution and that places it in an advanced clear way onto the university scientific research.

Nevertheless, the incorporation of international collaborators as well as of new under- and post-doctoral researchers with training in chemistry (chemists, pharmacists and similar) it will be able to make to arise in an exponential way our research proposals under protection of the enthusiasm and the curiosity that every young component of QMEDBIN will be able to reach. QMEDBIN wants to collaborate of ingenious enthusiast and assiduous in the emergence of the chemical research of excellence inside Universidad Central de Chile, giving capacity to the new proposals of research and collaboration, being able in short time to reach the achievements and merits sufficient to become as an university with high standard of quality and excellence in the fundamental research in chemistry.

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Full professor and researcher at the Instituto de Investigación y Postgrado, Facultad de Ciencias de la Salud, Universidad Central de Chile (CHILE). He was professor and researcher at the University of Chile (CHILE) and University of Santiago de Compostela (USC, SPAIN), wherein he follows as associate researcher at the Faculty of Pharmacy (USC) in the field of Natural Products - Medicinal Chemistry against CNS diseases, experimental studies about drug delivery systems, phytochemistry and parasitology. From these research lines, there have been generated more than 100 scientific articles of high impact index in the field of the Chemistry, Pharmacy and Nanotechnology compiled in several journals. On the base of the excellent experimental results, and of direct application in the scope of the health, such results have been protected in more than 9 (European) protection patents and PCT (Patent Cooperation Treaty) that cover the scope of the applied nanomedicine in neuro-degenerative and parasitic diseases. At the present time, he is International Referee of Research Projects in the fields of Biomedicine, in Argentina and Chile (FONCYT and FONDECYT, respectively), and Spain for the National Agency of Evaluation and Prospective (ANEP).

ACADEMIC STAFF

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PROF. DR. MARIANELA SALDÍAS PÉREZ

Bachelor in Sciences mention Chemistry, Faculty of Natural Sciences, Mathematics and Enviroment, Universidad Tecnológica Metropolitana and Ph.D. Engineer Sciences mention Material Science Faculty of Engineer, Universidad de Chile, 2006 and 2013, respectively. Since 2013, active researcher interested on Inorganic Chemistry Coordination compounds with transition metal centers. 

Professor of Chemistry, Inorganic Chemistry between 2012-2018 at the Universidad Andrés Bello (Chile) and Postdoctoral researcher 2017-2018 in the same Institution. Currently, as main researcher in the Programme "Subvención a la Instalación en la Academia", Project developed in Universidad Central de Chile for three years 2019-2021 with focus in Coordination Complexes with Potential Medicinal Application, especifically on perimidinone with Cu(II) and Zn(II) complexes as potential oxygen singlete photosensitizer and application in photodynamic therapy.

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MEMBERS

PROF. DR. EDUARDO SOBARZO-SÁNCHEZ (Coordinator)

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PROF. DR. GABRIELA VALENZUELA BARRA

Pharmacist and PhD in Pharmaceutical Sciences from the Faculty of Chemical and Pharmaceutical Sciences, Universidad de Chile. She is an academic in Pharmacognosy and Pharmaceutical Botany at the Universidad de Chile and Pharmacology at the Universidad Central de Chile.

 

PhD. Valenzuela has experience in research on the anti-inflammatory, anti-diabetic activity and chemical characterization of natural products (quillay, propolis, murta, matico and stevia, among others). She did a doctoral internship at Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Spain, which allowed him to reach much-updated knowledge and being in a place of advanced science worldwide. PhD. Valenzuela is currently researching issues about anti-inflammatory, neuroprotective and anti-diabetic activities of diverse native chilean plants. She is author/co-author of several WoS-publications, chapters of the book, international congresses in the area of natural products.

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PROF. DR. MARCELO PEÑA CERDA

Bachelor in Pharmaceutical Science and Ph.D. in Pharmaceutical Science, Faculty of Chemical and Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of Chile. From 2010 to 2017, he did his research as a part of the Natural Product Laboratory in Universidad de Chile and perform a six-month doctoral internship in the Natural Products Laboratory of the University of Leiden, Netherlands, learning Plant Metabolomics.

 

He is currently working as a full-time professor in the Universidad Central de Chile, where he teaches the lectures for Pharmacology and Biochemistry, and as a part-time professor of Pharmacognosy in Universidad San Sebastian de Chile, where he also was the National Coordinator of the course from 2017 to 2019. Dr. Peña is also a Member of the American Society of Pharmacognosy located in USA and an advisory committee member for the PAR-Explora RM-Norte project for scientific communication.

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PROF. DR. MARCO MELLADO GARCÍA

Bachelor in Education at Universidad de Playa Ancha, Valparaíso (2009). Later he did postgraduate studies in natural products obtaining their Master's degree at Universidad Técnica Federico Santa María (Valparaíso, 2012). Following the Ph.D. studies on organic synthesis, biological evaluation, and computational studies (quantitative structure-activity relationships- QSAR, and molecular docking) at the Universidad Técnica Federico Santa María – Universidad de Valparaíso (Valparaíso, 2016). Later their postgraduate studies, Ph.D. Marco Mellado was award a postdoctoral fellow at Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaíso (2017), based in the design and assess of fluorescent chemosensors of analytes with biochemical interest, and the 2018, he awards a Postdoctoral grant by Agencia Nacional de Investigación y Desarrollo (ANID) performed at Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaíso. Currently, Ph.D. Mellado is the principal researcher in the program “Subvención a la Instalación en la Academia” (PAI-2021) at the Universidad Central de Chile (2022-2024). This research is focused on fluorescent probes of heterocycle compounds and their potential application in neurodegenerative diseases.

INTERNATIONAL COLLABORATIONS

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PROF. DR. ESRA KÜPELI AKKOL

She was born in Turkey. She got her Bachelor of Science degree in Faculty of Pharmacy, Gazi University, Turkey and got her Ph.D. degree in Pharmacognosy Department from the University of Gazi. She is currently Professor in the Gazi University, Faculty of Pharmacy, Department of Pharmacognosy. She served in many capacities in her field including service on several editorial boards and numerous review committees for journals such as Journal of Ethnopharmacology, Journal of Pharmacy Sciences, The Internet Journal of Herbal and Plant Medicine, International Journal of Genuine Traditional Medicine, Advances in Pharmacological Sciences, Evidence Based Complementary Alternative Medicine and The Open Pain Journal. She has conducted 48 projects and 15 thesis in Gazi University. She has 185 published articles in SCI International Journals, 13 articles in National Journals and 10 chapters in International books.

Her research combines pharmacognosy and pharmacological approaches to focus on

- Bioassay guided isolation of active constituents

- Phytochemistry and Analytical Pharmacognosy

- Anti-inflammatory, antinociceptive, antirheumatic activities of folk remedies and synthesized

  compounds

- Wound healing assessment of medicinal plants and their secondary metabolites

- Antidepressant and sedative activities of folk remedies and synthesized compounds

- Isolation of the natural compounds from the medicinal plants used against gynecological 

  disorders

- Anti-carcinogenic assessment of medicinal plants and their secondary metabolites

Further information: https://avesis.gazi.edu.tr/esrak

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PROF. DR. TAPAN BEHL

Dr. Tapan Behl has a rich experience in Research and Teaching. Dr. Behl is deft in conducting Animal Experimentation, Diabetes and Associated Complications, Neurological Studies, Hepatological Studies, Scientific Literature Extraction, Retina Isolation, Retro-orbital Plexus and Surgical Procedures; keep abreast of recent developments by reading current literature, liaising with colleagues and have ability to manage multitasking projects in both individuals as well as part of a team. He has completed PhD in Medical Pharmacology in the year 2017 from Vallabhbhai Patel Chest Institute, University of Delhi, Delhi, India and is also a recipient of Gold Medal for the academic excellence during master’s tenure. Till date, having approximately 200 publications in peer reviewed journals with cumulative impact factor 380.7, 665 citations, h-index 12 and I 10-index 13 to the credit. Dr. Tapan is efficient in completing the projects assigned on time to government and private agencies. Dr. Behl also handled the project from CCRAS, Ministry of AYUSH, Government of India entitled Effect of Indian Almond and Sweet Almond in Diabetes induced Nephropathy and Cataract in rats. Dr. Behl has received International Travel Grant from Science and Engineering Research Board, Department of Science and Technology, Government of India to present research work in prestigious 18th World Congress of Basic and Clinical Pharmacology at Kyoto, Japan. He has to his credit many reputed awards few of them include Young Scientist Award, Tech Research Award, Young Researcher Award, Fellow of Medical Research Council and Fellowship in Health Promotion and Education. He has been serving as an Editorial Board Members of reputed journals including NATURE too. Dr. Tapan Behl is currently guiding students for award of Masters and PhD degree.

Further information: https://www.chitkara.edu.in/global-week/profile/tapan-behl/

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PROF. MD. ATIAR RAHMAN, Ph.D.

Md. Atiar Rahman PhD is working as a professor and Chairman of the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology of University of Chittagong. Dr. Rahman is the principal investigator of the Laboratory of Alternative Medicine and Natural Product Research of the aforesaid department. He has completed his PhD from United Graduate School of Agricultural Sciences, Ehime University, Japan. He is carrying out the research to explore the novel and indigenous phytomedicinal and functional food sources as alternative therapeutics to deliver in the cellular target. He published more than hundred articles in peer-reviewed and high impact journals. Dr. Rahman is serving as vice president of National Young Academy Bangladesh (NYAB), Joint secretary of Bangladesh Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (BSBMB), ExCo member of Bangladesh Biosafety and Biosecurity Society (BBBS), ExCo member of Global Network of Bangladeshi Biotechnologists (GNOBB), ExCO member of Federation of Asian Biotechnology Associations (FABABA) and Board member of Asian Federation of Biotechnology (AFOB). He is also working as editorial board members of quite a good number of journals and he presented his works in around twenty countries. He has been awarded BAS-AASSA young Scientistis Award 2108, Biosfety Award 2017, Joint Travel Award by Malaysian Academy of Science and US National Academy of Sceience, Engineering and Medicine (2017) MEXT scholarshi 2003, NRF Fellowship, South Africa.

His research Interest: Medicinal & functional foods, Bioactive Natural Product, Complementray and Alternative medicine for chronic diseases.

Further information: https://am-npr.cu.ac.bd/ 

THE HISTORY OF QMEDBIN IN PHOTOS

THE RESEARCH GROUP BETWEEN 2019-2021

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