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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 been awarded the extraordinary doctoral prize in the Neurosciences program. He has completed two postdoctoral stays in Paris (Institut de Biologie Phisico-Chimique. Prof. Philippe Devaux) and Heidelberg (European Molecular Biology Laboratory. Prof. Luis Serrano). His current research interests are focused on the use of computational approaches for the development of compounds that modulate the activity of proteins of biomedical interest (cancer, obesity, diabetes). The use of molecular modeling, docking and dynamics techniques allows high-throughput screening of chemical libraries for the selection of candidate compounds to modulate the activity of proteins of interest, which are then tested on the bench.

To date, he has co-published 91 primary and review articles.

He is currently developing his research activity at the Institute for Research, Development and Innovation in Health Biotechnology of Elche (IDiBE).

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).

Indicators of scientific productivity
  • 91 peer reviewed articles in international journals. Indicators according to google scholar (March 2024):
  • Total number of citations: 2842
  • Citations in the last 5 years: 1650
  • H index: 31
  • i10 index: 68
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
Telephone number: + 34 96-665 8453

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

Born in Cardeñosa (Ávila - Spain) in 1968.

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