Patrick Gámez

Universitat de Barcelona (UB)

Experimental Sciences & Mathematics

Patrick Gamez received his PhD at the University of Lyon and was awarded the French Chemical Society Prize for his PhD research. After postdoctoral stays at the Max Planck Institüt für Kohlenforschung and at the University of Strasbourg, he joined the group of Prof. J. Reedijk at Leiden University (The Netherlands). Since October 2010, he is ICREA Research Professor in bioinorganic chemistry at the Universitat de Barcelona. His research group has been recognized by the Catalan Government (AGAUR - 2014 SGR 85). He is the (co-)author of over 226 publications (h-index: 50). He is a member of the Spanish Bioinorganic Chemical Society, the Royal Society of Chemistry and the Advisory Board of Inorganic Chemistry Frontiers. He is Associate Editor of RSC Advances, Workgroup Leader within the network GDRI-HC3A (between Catalonia and Midi-Pyrénées) financed by the CNRS, and Coordinator of the Spanish network of excellence "MetDrugs". He has been elected Fellow of the RSC in June 2016.

Research interests

Cancer and Alzheimer’s disease (AD) represent two major chronic diseases that are in the top ten leading causes of mortality worldwide and their incidence will increase exponentially in the coming decades, as the result of population ageing. My current research interests are aimed at developing new strategies for the development of efficient diagnostic and therapeutic tools (theranostics) against these two important public health issues (

Selected publications

– Aromí G, Gamez P & Roubeau O 2016, ‘Molecular Magnetism’ in Spin States in Biochemistry and Inorganic Chemistry, Swart M & Costas M (eds).: John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, 2016, Chapter 12, pp 263-296.

– Gamba I, Salvadó I, Brissos RF, Gamez P, Brea JM, Loza MI, Vázquez ME & Vázquez-López M 2016, ‘High-affinity sequence-selective DNA binding by iridium(III) polypyridyl organometallopeptides’, Chemical Communications, vol. 52, pp 1234-1237.

– Nayak S, Pevec A, Seaton CC, Gamez P & Reedijk J 2016, Polyhedron, vol. 105, 172-175.

– Liu X, González-Castro A, Mutikainen I, Pevec A, Teat SJ, Gamez P, Sanchez Costa J, Bouwman E & Reedijk J 2016, Polyhedron, vol. 110, pp 100-105.

– Caballero AB, Terol-Ordaz L, Espargaró A, Vázquez G, Nicolás E, Sabaté R & Gamez P 2016, Chemistry: A European Journal, vol. 22, pp 7268-7280.

– Presa A, Leoní Barrios L, Cirera J, Korrodi-Gregório L, Pérez-Tomás R, Teat SJ & Gamez P 2016, ‘Non-Switching 1,2-Dithienylethene-based Diplatinum(II) Complex Showing High Cytotoxicity’, Inorganic Chemistry, vol. 55, pp 5356-5364.

– Meenongwa A, Brissos RF, Soikum C, Chaveerach P, Gamez P, Trongpanich Y & Chaveerach U 2016, ‘Effects of N,N-heterocyclic ligands on the in vitro cytotoxicity and DNA interactions of copper(II) chloride complexes from amidino-O-methylurea ligands’, New Journal of Chemistry, vol. 40, pp 5861-5876.

Gamez P 2016, ‘Polyphenylene Oxides by Oxidative Polymerization of Phenols’ in Liquid Phase Aerobic Oxidation Catalysis: Industrial Applications and Academic Perspectives, Stahl SS & Alsters PL (eds). John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, 2016, Chapter 7.1, pp 97-105.

Selected research activities

– Jury member for 7 PhD defenses in 2016.

– Sentinel of Science Award 2016.

– Guest Editor of a special issue of Molecules entitled “Metal Based Drugs: Opportunities and Challenges”.

– Evaluator for the ERC, MINECO, the Foundation for Polish Science, the National Science Center Poland, the Comisión Nacional de Investigación Científica y Tecnología de Chile and the Italian National Agency for the Evaluation of Universities and Research Institutes.