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Patrick Gámez

Patrick Gámez

Universitat de Barcelona

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 MPI für Kohlenforschung and at the University of Strasbourg, he became research associate at Leiden University. Since October 2010, he is ICREA Research Professor in bioinorganic chemistry at the Universitat de Barcelona. His research group is financed by the MICINN and is recognized by the Catalan Government. He is the (co-)author of over 250 publications (h-index: 58; >13410 citations - WoS). He is vice-president of the Spanish Bioinorganic Chemical Society (AEBIN) and a member of the Society of Biological Inorganic Chemistry (SBIC), the RSC, the RSEQ and the Advisory Board of Inorganic Chemistry Frontiers (IF = 6.569). He has been  Associate Editor of RSC Advances (2015-2017). Since June 2016, he is Fellow of the RSC.

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 applying novel photochemical and nanotechnological strategies for the development of efficient diagnostic and therapeutic tools (theranostics; drug delivery and detection) against these two important public health issues (

Selected publications

– Caballero AB & Gamez P 2021,’Nanochaperon-base strategies to control protein aggregation linked to conformational diseases‘, Angewandte Chemie International Edition, vol. 59, pp 41-52.

– Kowalczyk J, Grapsi E, Espargaró A, Caballero AB, Juárez J, Busquets MA, Gamez P, Sabate R & Estelrich J 2021, ‘Dual effect of Prussian blue nanoparticles on Aβ40 aggregation: β-Sheet Fibril reduction and copper dyshomeostasis regulation‘, Biomacromolecules, 22, 2, 430 – 440.

– Rafols L, Josa D, Aguilà D, Barrios LA, Roubeau O, Cirera J, Soto-Cerrato V, Pérez-Tomás R, Martínez M, Grabulosa A & Gamez P 2021,’Piano-Stool Ruthenium(II) Complexes with Delayed Cytotoxic Activity: Origin of the Lag Time‘, Inorganic Chemistry, vol. 60, pp 7974–7990.

– Palmeira-Mello MV, Caballero AB, Lopez Espinar A, Guedes GP, Caubet A, Teles de Souza AM, Lanznaster M & Gamez P 2021, ‘DNA-interacting properties of two analogous square-planar cis-chlorido complexes: copper versus palladium‘,  Journal of Biological Inorganic Chemistry, vol. 26, pp 727-740.

Selected research activities

  • President founder of the Association Science Squared ( and editor-in-chief of the open-access journal Chemistry Squared (
  • Member of the Scientific Committee of the network HC3A between Occitanie and Catalonia (website); Leader of Work Group 4
  • Vice-president of the Spanish Bioinorganic Chemical Society (
  • Member of three PhD defense committees (two as President)
  • Organizer of the online Young Researcher’s Day 2021 (YRD2021) of the Spanish Association of Bioinorganic Chemistry (AEBIN)

ICREA Memoir 2021