Fernando Albericio was born in Barcelona, Spain in 1953. He received his Ph.D. in Chemistry at the University of Barcelona, in 1981 under the supervision of Ernest Giralt. Following postdoctoral work with Victor A. Najjar at Tufts University, Boston, Jurphaas van Rietschoten at the Université d'Aix-Marseille, France, and George Barany at the University of Minnesota, 1981-1984, he returned to Barcelona as Associate Professor.
During the 1992-1994 periods, he was Director of Peptide Research with Milligen/Biosearch at Boston. He rejoined the University of Barcelona, where he was promoted to Professor in 1995. Nowadays, he is holding a triple appointment as General Director of the Barcelona Science Park, Professor at the University of Barcelona, and Group Leader at the Barcelona Biomedical Research Institute.
Fernando's major research interests cover practically all aspects of peptide synthesis and combinatorial chemistry methodologies, as well as synthesis of peptides and small molecules with therapeutic activities. Thus, main programs in his research are devoted to the synthesis and structure-activity relationship studies of antitumoral compounds isolated from the sea.
Fernando has published over 500 papers, several review articles, more than forty patents, and co-author of the books, Chemical Approaches to the Synthesis of Peptides and Proteins and Solid-Phase Synthesis &emdash; A Practical Guide. He is currently editor of International Journal of Peptide Research and Therapeutics.
He received the Leonidas Zervas award from the European Peptide Society in 1994. Recently, Fernando Albericio has been honored with a Doctorate Honoris Causa by the Universidad de Buenos Aires, Argentina.