Dr. Carmen Escolano

Laboratory of Medicinal Chemistry
Faculty of Pharmacy and Food Sciences
University of Barcelona & Institute of Biomedicine (IBUB)
Tel. 93 4024542

ORCID: 0000-0002-9117-8239
Scopus Author ID: 6603704436
Researcher ID:  F-3073-2016

Carmen Escolano

is a Full professor at the Unit of Medicinal Chemistry in the Faculty of Pharmacy and Food Sciences in the University of Barcelona. She received her PhD from this University in 1993. Then, she spent four months stay in the University College of London as Honorary Fellow and two years funded by a Marie Curie Research Training Contract in Kingston University (UK) working in the synthesis of complex molecules with biological interest. In 2003, was awarded with a Ramon y Cajal contract and in 2007 was appointed as associate professor. In 2016 funded by a Salvador de Maradiaga grant she spent three months in the Institute of Cancer Research (UK).

Her present research is aimed to face multidisciplinary projects within chemistry and biology. She is involved in the design and synthesis of organic entities to be used as pharmacological tools for the discovery of molecular mechanisms of action. The team is also developing new chemical entities that face health problems with high social impact. In particular, in unmet medical needs such as cancer (glioblastoma), neuropathic pain and neurodegenerative diseases (Alzheimer Disease, AD).

Her teaching activities at the Faculty of Pharmacy and Food Sciences have been related to the subjects Organic Chemistry and Medicinal Chemistry.


Maria-Eleni Kouridaki


Priscila Paola Dario

Visiting PhD Student

Fernando Romero Becerra

PhD Student

Ainoa Sánchez Arfelis

PhD Student

Joel Muixi

Undergraduated Student


Carla Barbaraci (PostDoc, 2024)
Andrea Bagán Polonio (PhD, 2022)
Judit Pujol Turró (M.S, 2022)
Sergio Rodríguez Arévalo (PhD, 2021)
Alice Cavallo (Erasmus, 2023)
Elisa Murgioni (Erasmus, 2023)

Selected Projects

Preclinical progression of a structurally new anti-glioblastoma drug. 2023 LLAV 00050_Ajuts d’Indústria del Coneixement per a l’any 2023. 20.000 euros. 2023-2024. PI: C. Escolano.

Preclinical progression of a structurally new anti glioblastoma drug. Ajusts Prova de Concepte (PdC) dins del Fons per a l’impuls de la Innovació (F2I). F2I PdC_2023-003. 25.000 euros. PI: C. Escolano.

Multicomponent reaction platform for reaction discovery and generation of new biomed compounds (PID2022-13918OB-I00). Ministerio de Ciencia, Innovación y Universidades. 212.000 euros. 2023-2026. PI: C. Escolano/R. Lavilla.

Phosphoiminoproline LPIP, a Disease-Modifying Drug for Alzheimers Disease (2022-2024) Prueba de concepto Ministerio de Ciencia e Innovación. Spain. PDC2022-133441-I00. 130.000 euros. PI: Carmen Escolano/Rodolfo Lavilla.

Medicinal Chemistry and Pharmacology of Neurodegenerative diseases. Ajuts per donar suport a l’activitat científica dels grups de recerca de Catalunya (SGR-Cat 2021). 2021 SGR 00357. 60.000 euros. PI: Carmen Escolano.




Synthetic I2 Imidazoline Receptor Ligands for Prevention or Treatment of Human Brain Disorders. Escolano, C.; Pallás, M.; Griñán-Ferré, C.; Abás, S.; Callado, L.-F.; García-Sevilla, J. A. WO 2019/121853 A1, June 27, 2019.

G9a inhibitors. Griñán-Ferré, C.; Pallàs, M.; Bellver, A.; Escolano, C.; Vázquez, S.; Barbaraci. C. EP23382641, June 22, 2023.



  • Mercè Pallàs (University of Barcelona, Spain)
  • Luis F. Callado (University of the Basque Country, Spain)
  • Jesús A. García Sevilla and M. Julia García-Fuster (University of the Balearic Islands, Spain)
  • Katarina Nikolic (University of Belgrade, Serbia)
  • Mabel Loza and José M. Brea (Universidad de Santiago de Compostela, Spain)
  • Javier Luque (Universitat de Barcelona, Spain)
  • Lieve Naesens, Dirk Daelemans and Steven de Jonghe (KU Leuven, Leuven, Belgium)
  • Manuel Vázquez-Carrera (University of Barcelona, Spain)
  • Jose C. Perales (University of Barcelona, Spain)
  • Elies Molins (Institut of Material Sciences, Spain)
  • Belén Pérez (Autonomous University of Barcelona, Spain)
  • José Ángel Morales-García (Complutense University of Madrid, Spain)
  • Sergio Casas Tintó (Instituto de Investigación de Enfermedades Raras (IIER-ISCIII)
  • Caridad Díaz, Rosario Fernández and Olga Genilloud (Fundación Medina)