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Dr. Jordi Hernandez-Borrell

Department of Physical Chemsitry
Shool of Pharmacy
Av.Joan XXIII s.n.

Brief Biography:

Jordi Hernandez-Borrell is Professor of Physical-Chemistry at the School of Pharmacy, University of Barcelona U.B., Catalonia, Spain. He got is Ph.D. in 1987 at the U.B. and became engaged as an Associated Researcher by the Centre d’Immunologie of the Centre Nationale de la Recherche Scientifique (C.N.R.S.) at Marseille-Luminy (France). Under the supervision of Dr. Lee D. Leserman he collaborated in the development and cellular applications of immunoliposomes as anticancer agents (Noé et al., Biochim.Biophys.Acta 946, 1988, 253-260). Back in Barcelona he established a group on liposomes technology and drug delivery (Aliño et al., J.Microencapsulation 4, 1990, 497-503) that is since then active in the field. In 1991 he joined the group of Dr. Kevin Keough at the Memorial University of Newfoundland, Canada, where he worked on thermal properties of liposomes incorporating cholesterol (Hernandez-Borrell and Keough, Biochim.Biophys.Acta 1153, 1993, 277-282) and in the development of a vaccine-based in liposome technology for the fishing industry (Nakhla et al., 6, 1996, 141-151). In 1995 and 1997 he was hosted in sabbatical leave by Ronald Kaback at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute of the University of California Los Angeles, USA.  In collaboration with John Voss (UC Davis) he collaborated in the implementation of paramagnetic resonance spectroscopy (PRS) to membrane proteins (Lactose permease of Escherichia coli) (Voss et al., Biochemistry, 36, 1997, 15055-15061). Combining his expertise in phospholipids and membrane proteins, in 2000 he shifted his research to the bionanotechnology of the biomembranes. His group is now investigating the formation and origin of phospholipid domains (Domènech et al., Biochim.Biophys.Acta 1768, 2007, 100-106) and 2D-crystals of membrane proteins for eventual manipulation. The main goal is to provide know-how on supported planar bilayers for biosensor (antibiotic sensor) design (Merino et al., Biosen.Bioelectronics 20, 2005, 1843-1846). Member of the Editorial Board of Recent Patents on Nanotechnology



Academic positions:

Professor of Physical Chemistry, Uniersity of Barcelona.


Research interests:

Biophysics of Biological Membranes

Atomic Froce Microscopy

Membrane Proteins


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