Organization

 

 

The CQAB is divided in three functional unities: a) The Fine Chemicals Pilot Plant (PPQF), b) The Bioanalytics and Quality Control Unit (UBACC) and c) the Biotechnology Unit (UB). The CQAB personnel, formed by researchers, technical support staff and administrative assistants, works for the different unities and has a working contract for assigned personnel to University and to the UAH´s General Foundation (FGUA).

 

 

 

 

Prof. Juan José Vaquero - Scientific Director. Degree in Chemistry from the Universidad Complutense de Madrid (1976) and ScD in Chemistry from the Universidad de Alcalá (1981). Postdoctoral at the Imperial College (London), 1984-1985 in the group of Prof. C.W. Rees, where he worked in nitrene chemistry and its application to the synthesis of natural alkaloids. In 1986 he gained the position of Assistant Professor in the Department of Organic Chemistry at the Universidad de Alcalá and in 1988 he became Professor of Organic Chemistry at the same University. His research lines over the last decade have been focused on Chemistry and Biology of DNA selective intercalators with antitumor stimulation, total synthesis of natural and analogue alkaloids, and the development of bioactive compounds for therapeutic targets involved in renal diseases. ScD. Vaquero has directed 20 public research projects and 45 projects from the pharma-chemical industry. He has also directed 20 Doctoral Thesis, published 150 articles in international magazines from the Chemistry and Medical Chemistry sectors, and he is co-inventor of 22 patents. He has edited 4 volumes of “The Modern Heterocyclic Chemistry in 2011 and has been granted with five six year research programmes. He has been acting as Vice-Dean of the Faculty of Sciences (1987-1999) and Dean of the Faculty of Chemistry of the University of Alcalá (1999-2006). 

   

Dr. Jose Luis Novella Robisco - Technical Director. Born in Madrid 1959, he took his degree in Industrial Pharmacy from the Universidad Complutense de Madrid (1981), and the Postdoctoral Course on Organic Chemistry from the Universidad de Alcalá (1990) under the direction of Professor Julio Álvarez-Builla Gómez. he was given an Extraordinary Doctorate Award. He is certified in Pharmaceutical Technology and Industrial Pharmacy as well as in Drug Analysis and Control. In 1986 he joined the ELMU chemical-pharmaceutical group as Head of the Aliana Factory, where he was in charge of production, planning and research issues. In 1988 he was promoted to Factory Director, where he accomplished the modernization of the chemical factory infrastructures for pharmaceutical use. In 1993 he joined the R+D department of the BYK-LEO pharmaceutical division. In 1998 becomes Technical Director of the Fine Chemistry Pilot Plant at the Universidad de Alcalá. 

   

Prof. Julio Alvarez-Builla ScD. - Born in Madrid 1946, he obtained his ScD in 1976 in the Department of Organic Chemistry in the Faculty of Pharmacy from the Universidad Complutense de Madrid (UCM), under the direction of Professor G. González Trigo, In 1978 he joined Prof. A. R. Katritzky´s group from the University of East Anglia (Norway, UK). In 1980 he returned to the UCM and in 1981 he joined the Universidd de Alcalá where he established the Heterobetaines Research Group. This research group works in the field of  heterocyclic chemistry, in close collaboration with the pharmaceutical industry sector. In 1989 Prof. Álvarez Builla  organized the Fine Chemicals Pilot Plant, in collaboration with researchers from Organic Chemistry, Chemical Enginnering, Analytical Chemistry and Microbiology. This research centre was devised to carry out the University and Industry research. In 1992 Prof. Álvarez-Builla was appointed director of the PPQF. In 1993 he became full Professor of the department of Organic Chemistry. He was appointed Vice-rector for research of the Universidad de Alcalá (1995-1998), and a few years later Vice-rector for Scientific and Technological Development (1998 -2000), in order to promote relations between the University and the Business sector in the fields of hired research. Nowadays, Prof. Álvarez-Builla is a Lilly consultant (Spanish branch of Ely&Lilly Co.) and works on a regular basis on different projects for Lilly, Janssen-Cilag, Servier, Cermol, Chemo (Geneve, Switzerland), I. F. Cantabria, Sant Charles Pharmaceuticals (N. Orleans, USA), and for other companies from the chemical and pharmaceutical industry.

 

Dr. Antonio Crego Navazo - Born in Salamanca in 1963, he obtained a degree in Analitical Chemistry from the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid (UAM) in 1988. In 1991 he obtained a ScD in Chemical Sciences (UAM) under the direction of ScD. José Carlos Diez-Masa and Manuel V. Dabrio Bañuls, at the Analysis Unit from the CSIC National Centre for Organic Chemistry. In 1991 Dr. Crego joined the Centro de Investigaciones del Agua del CSIC (Research Centre for Water) as Head of the Analysis Unit. In 1993 he joined the Universidad de Alcalá as Associate Professor to the Department of Analytical Chemistry. In 1999 he was appointed Coordinator of the Analysis Department of the Fine Chemistry Pilot Plant, where he is in charge of assessment, planning and research issues. In 2001 he gained the position of Senior Lecturer of the Department of Analytical Chemistry. Over these years and as a consequence of his research activity, Dr. Crego has published around 20 scientific papers world renowned, and has participated in more than 20 international Congresses in  the fields of analytical separation techniques. In addition to this, ScD Crego has collaborated in a regular basis with different companies of analytical instruments, as a consulting expert and teacher.

 

Dr. Antonio Rodríguez Fernández-Alba - Born in Madrid Nacio in 1950, he obtained a Degree in Technical Chemistry from the Universidad Complutense de Madrid in 1974, a Degree in Pharmacy (UCM, 1989) and a ScD in Chemistry from the Universidad de Alcalá in 1998. In 1991 he joined  the UAH as an associate Lecturer in the department of Chemical Engineering, where he collaborated in different research European projects related to the design of bioreactors  and biological and chemical treatment processes of water waste, under the direction of ScD García Calvo. Since 2002, ScD Rodríguez is Senior Lecturer at the Department of Chemical Engineering of the UAH, and Coordinator of the Biotechnology Area of the Fine Chemistry Pilot Plant as well as and Head of Research Projects relative to the use of ozone in the treatment of aqueous medium emerging pollutants and other projects in collaboration with private companies for the development of technologies for the treatment of organic solid waste and the production of proteins with therapeutical use.

 

Dr. Juan Carlos Flores Serrano. ScD in Chemistry (1992) under the direction of ScD Pascual Royo and ScD Tomás Cuenca; postdoctoral degree at the University of Massachussets (USA) with Dr. Marvin D. Rausch and Dr. James C. W. Chien (1993 y 1994). He signed a contract with the Ministry for Science and Education (1995-97) at the Universidad de Alcalá, where he became Senior Lecturer of Inorganic Chemistry since 1998. His research work focuses in organ metal synthesis, dendrimers and innovative catalytic applications.   ScD Flores is co-author of more than 50 articles for international magazines and has been a referee in many of them. He has also worked in 4 patents, one of them awarded the best patent Price at the Madri+d 2008 Patent contest,  organized by the CM,  another one in Santander, and the other one in Mexico by Dinasol/Repsil YPF, all of them widespread together with another 15 patents. Positions: He became Director of Doctoral Thesis of  Degree,  Master and Initiation Research Programmes. Academic positions; Secretary of Department, Director of a Support Research Centre, Secretary of the Faculty of Pharmacy of the UAH, member of the AENOR Group of Nanotechnology Normalization (AEN/GET 15) since 2007 to 2011. In the Working Party on Manufactured Nanomaterials of the OCDE (OECD-WPMN) since 2006 to 2011, he became a Spanish delegate accredited by the Ministry for Environment and Rural and Marine areas.

Dr. Alberto Domingo Galán. Senior Lecturer of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at the Universidad de Alcalá since 1993. He obtained his degree in Biology from the Universidad Complutense de Madrid and a ScD in Biology from the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid. He has been Research Associate to the Department of Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology of the University of Colorado, Boulder, CO. USA, from 1989 to 1993, he worked in the field of Developmental Cellular and Molecular Biology and SELEX methods of nucleic acid sequence combination. He gathers over 30 years experience in teaching and research in a wide range of basic and applied areas, including spatial biology, bioinformatics, clinical immunology, and in vitro fertilization. He also has a solid  experience in scientific assessment and collaborations in R+D projects with biotech companies. Over the last years he has concentrated in the frontier research of biological chemistry and in the development of high performance methodologies for the screening of potential drugs against DNA.  ScD Domingo has shown a great interest in education, since his first contact with the University in 1978, always developing an innovative style when teaching.
 
   
   
D. Juan Hernando Garcia - Born in Bilbao, 1972. He obtained his degree in Chemical Sciences from the Universidad de Alcalá in 1996, where he took his Doctoral Thesis with ScD Antonio Lorente Pérez. In 1998 he joined the Fine Chemistry Pilot Plant as a researcher, and in 2003 he was promoted as supervisor of the CQBA Chemical Technology area.
 
Dra. Leonor Nozal Martínez - Born in Córdoba, 1976. She obtained her degree in Chemical Sciences in 2001 from the Universidad de Córdoba. In 2002 she was given a University-Business scholarship at the Local Water Company of Córdoba, in the Analysis and Quality Control Unit. In 2003 she joined the Department of Analytical Chemistry from the Universidad de Cordoba, under the direction of the Lecturers M. Valcárcel, A. Ríos and L. Arce. She focused her research work on the development of new analytical strategies to improve the potential capacity of capillary electrophoresis.

Dra. Florentina Castro Rubio. Born in Madrid, 1976. In 2000, she obtained a degree in Chemical Sciences, Analytical Chemistry specialty, from the Universidad de Alcalá. In 2007 she obtained a ScD in Chemical Sciences from the Universidad de Alcalá, working under the direction of ScDs M. Luisa Marina and Concepción Garcia. In 2008 she joined the Unit of Bioanalysis and Quality Control (UBACC) of the Centre for Applied Chemistry and Biotechnology (CQAB) as supervisor.