Prof. Dr. Pedro Merino
Pedro Merino (b.Zaragoza, Spain) received his M.Sc. degree in Organic Chemistry in 1986 at the University of Zaragoza where he was awarded (1986) the Gregorio Casanal-Poza Price from the Faculty of Sciences. In 1989 he obtained his Ph.D. in Chemistry (Heterocyclic Chemistry) under the supervision of Professor Enrique Melendez in the same University. Between 1989 and 1991 he worked in Ferrara (Italy) as a post-doctoral associate with Professor Alessandro Dondoni on the application of Thiazole Chemistry to Asymmetric Synthesis. In 1992 he joined the University of Zaragoza as Assistant Professor where he started his independent research on Asymmetric Synthesis. In 1993 he was promoted to Associate Professor and in 1994 he was appointed Senior Lecturer at the same University. In 2005 he won his habilitation as full professor in Organic Chemistry and in 2006 won a Chair in Organic Chemistry at the University of Zaragoza where he is currently developing his research. From 2010 to 2015 he has been Chairman of the CHEM panel in ITN Marie Curie Actions (EU, Brussels). From 2012 to 2016 he was appointed DIrector of the Department of Synthesis and Structure of Biomolecules of the Institute of Chemical Synthesis and Homogenous Catalysis (ISQCH) at the University of Zaragoza. In 2016 he moved from ISQCH to the Institute of Biocomputation and Physics of Complex Systems. Recently, he has included in the top-150,000-rank list of world scientis (43,737th) in a study published in PLoS Biology 2019, 17(8), e3000384 . DOI: 10.1371/journal.pbio.3000384. Within the are of Chemistry he occupies 52th position between spanish chemists.
Pedro Merino is the responsible of the Biological and Computational Chemistry Research group (recognized by the Regional Government of Aragon as a consolidated group since 1992) and his docent activities include coordination of the european Socrates-Erasmus program with the Universities of Firenze, Messina, Napoli, Torino, Ferrara and Catania, in Italy and Toulouse and Paris in France. Pedro Merino is coauthor of more than 250 papers (h = 47. Google Scholar) including several reviews, compendia and book chapters. He contributed to the major reference work Science of Synthesis (Thieme) with six chapters and an update, and in 2012 Thieme sponsorized his plenary lecture at the XXV European Colloquium on Heterocyclic Chemistry helded at Reading, UK. He is also the editor of the book "Chemical Synthesis of Nucleoside Analogues", published by Wiley in 2013. Since 2015 (vol. 19), he is co-editor with Profs. O. Attanasi and D. Spinelli, of the "Targets in Heterocyclic Synthesis" book series. He has, recently, published the entire book "Chemical Biology of Neurodegeneration", published by Wiley in 2019. SInce 2000 he has given more than 60 conferences in congresses, symposia and research centers. His research interests include Asymmetric Synthesis, Chemical Biology, Glycobiology, Computational Chemistry and Asymmetric Catalysis including Organocatalysis. He is a member of the Royal Spanish Chemical Society (RSEQ), the American Chemical Society (ACS) and the International Society of Heterocyclic Chemistry (ISQCH).
He currently resides in Zaragoza with his wife Rosa (environmental chemistry engineer) and their sons Pedro (b. 1996), Javier (b. 1998) and Ignacio (b. 2006). Outside the University he enjoys cycling (both road and MTB) and swimming. He is member of Mensa and he likes to listen to classical music and to read books of (almost) any type. He is an enthusiastic of the computers, its applications to exchange of chemical information and in his free time he updates the web site of his research group at the Laboratory of Asymmetric Synthesis.
ORCID ID: 0000-0002-2202-3460
Researcher ID: K-2742-2014
Scopus ID: 7005415867