Olga Genilloud – Scientific Director of Fundación MEDINA
Olga is the Scientific Director of Fundación MEDINA and Head of the Microbiology Department. She has more than 25 years’ research experience in the discovery of bacterial natural products both in the academic (Hospital Ramón y Cajal (Spain) & Harvard Medical School, Boston) and in the pharma sector (MSD, Spain) where she has led a research team focused on the discovery of novel bacterial natural products leads. She is especially interested in exploring the natural products production capacities of MEDINA’s unique microbial collections, using new synthetic biology tools, and developing new approaches for the efficient profiling of microbial secondary metabolism. She has contributed to the discovery of novel antibiotics with new mode of action (i.e. platencin, platensimycin, philipimycin and kibdelomycin) and the exploitation of the biosynthetic potential of actinomycetes for the production of novel natural productsText
José Rubén Tormo – Associate Area Head of Chemistry
José has more than 20 years research experience. He has a solid background in biology, biochemistry, natural products chemistry, pharmacology, screening and automation, with experience in the design and implementation of global Standard Operation Procedures (SOPs) for Screening Laboratories. He has developed and supervised automated chemical extraction techniques for microbial fermentations, compound management of synthetic and natural products, isolation and structural elucidation of natural products. He is currently managing MEDINA’s Natural Products libraries, and he is actively focusing his research in the metabolomic characterisation of microbial fermentations and collections of extracts and the isolation and identification of active compounds
Fernando Reyes – Head of Chemistry
Fernando is the Head of Chemistry at MEDINA and has more than 18 years research experience in the isolation and structural elucidation of bioactive natural products from several biological sources He currently leads a group of 11 scientists working on the isolation and structural characterisation of bioactive metabolites from microbial sources, including actinomycetes, bacteria and fungi, and on the development of new strategies for the fast dereplication of known compounds contained in natural product extracts.
Mercedes Pérez Bonilla – Post Doctoral Researcher
Mercedes has been a Postdoctoral Researcher in the Chemistry Department of MEDINA since 2014. She has over 8 years’ research experience in the isolation, purification and structure elucidation of bioactive natural products from several biological sources. Her work at MEDINA has been mainly dedicated to the isolation and structural characterisation of bioactive metabolites from plants and their endophytic fungi, and from marine microbial sources; as well as the dereplication of known compounds contained in natural product extracts. Currently, she is focused on the metabolomic characterisation of microbial fermentations and the isolation and identification of the active compounds.
This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No. 720793