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José Antonio Encinar is associate professor (Profesor Titular de Universidad) of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Miguel Hernández de Elche University. He obtained his doctorate (Biochemistry-Neuroscience) in 1998 (Instituto de Neurociencias de Alicante). He has obtained the extraordinary doctorate award in Neurociencias. He enjoyed two postdoctoral stays in Paris (Institut de Biologie Phisico-Chimique. Prof. Philippe Devaux) and Heidelberg (European Molecular Biology Laboratory. Prof. Luis Serrano). He established his current research activity with a main interest in the computational study dedicated to the search for compounds that modulate the activity of proteins of biomedical interest (cancer, obesity, diabetes).

In recent years, his main line of research has been the study of structure-function relationships in membrane proteins, with three main lines of activity:

  1. Study of interactions between inactivating peptides of potassium channels and lipid vesicles.
  2. Modulation of the activity of the nicotinic acetylcholine receptor exerted by membrane lipids.
  3. Structure-function relationships in the KcsA ion channel.

He has published 79 primary and review articles.

He currently develops his research activity at the Instituto de Investigación, Desarrollo e Innovación en Biotecnología Sanitaria de Elche (IDiBE) and Instituto de Biologia Molecular y Celular.

As a professor, Dr. Encinar has participated in multiple teaching activities for the Bachelor degrees of Biochemistry, Biotechnology and Food Science and Technology (EPSO-UMH).

Contact address

Instituto de Investigación, Desarrollo e Innovación en Biotecnología Sanitaria de Elche (IDiBE).
Av. de la Universidad. Despacho 2,08. Edif. Torregaitan. E-03202. Elche. Alicante. Spain
. + 34 96-665 8453 . + 34 96 665 8758

Academic background
  1. 1998, PhD degree in Science at Univ. Miguel Hernández of Elche
  2. 1993, Bachelor's thesis in Biology at Univ. of Salamanca
  3. 1992, Bachelor's degree in Biology at Univ. of Salamanca
Professional background
  1. PhD student (fellowship of M.E.C.) at Instituto de Neurociencias. University of Alicante: 1994 - 1997.
  2. Assistant professor (Ayudante L.R.U. type I) at Universidad Miguel Hernández of Elche: 1997 - 1999.
  3. Assistant professor (Ayudante L.R.U. type II) at Universidad Miguel Hernández of Elche: 1999 - 2002.
  4. Postdoctoral fellow at Department of Cell Biology and Histology, Academisch Medisch Centrum. University of Amsterdam: 1-VIII-2000 to 31-X-2000.
  5. Postdoctoral fellow at Institut de Biologie Phisico-Chimique. Universitè Paris VII: 1-XI-2000 to 31-XI-2001.
  6. Assistant professor (Profesor Colaborador-L.O.U.) at Universidad Miguel Hernández of Elche: 2002 - 2005.
  7. Scientific Visitor at EMBL: Biostructure and Biocomputing group. Heidelberg: 2004 - 2006.
  8. Assistant professor (Profesor Contratado Doctor) at Universidad Miguel Hernández of Elche: 2005 - 2009.
  9. Associate professor (Profesor Titular de Universidad) at Universidad Miguel Hernández of Elche: 2009 - present.
Teaching activities
  1. Bachelor's in Food Science and Technology.
  2. Biochemistry. 1º course. 6 ECTS. Coordinator and professor.
  3. Food Biochemistry. 2º course. 4.5 ECTS. Coordinator and professor.
Indicators of scientific productivity

79 peer reviewed articles in international journals. Indicators according to google scholar (September 2021):

  1. Total number of citations: 1877
  2. Citations in the last 5 years: 1046
  3. H index: 26
  4. i10 index: 55

Born in Cardeñosa (Ávila - Spain) in 1968.