Professional trajectory

2004 - 2009

University of Oviedo

PhD with Profs. Barluenga, Fañanás and Rodríguez

Abraham was born and raised in Gijón, a city in the beautiful coast of Asturias (north of Spain). There, he completed his undergraduate studies in Organic and Inorganic Chemistry in the University of Oviedo (2000-2004). Then, Abraham joined the research group of Prof. José Barluenga at the same university, under the co-supervision of Prof. Javier Fañanás and Dr. Felix Rodríguez (2003-2010). Following an early education (MSc) on the organometallic chemistry of metal-carbene complexes, his PhD was earned studying new modes of catalytic activation of alkynes, culminating in the total synthesis of (–)-Berkelic Acid.

2010 - 2012

The Scripps Research Institute

Post-doc with Prof. Phil S. Baran

After completing his PhD, he was honored to join Prof. Baran’s laboratories at The Scripps Research Institute (La Jolla, CA, USA) on a Fulbright Fellowship (2010-2012). Under Phil’s mentorship, he was introduced to the total synthesis of natural products using C-H functionalization logic (taxanes) and the development of methods for that purpose.

2012 - 2013

The University of Cambridge

Post-doc with Prof. M. J. Gaunt

Then, he moved back to Europe as a Marie Curie Fellow (2012-2014) at the University of Cambridge, working under the supervision of Prof. Matthew Gaunt on bioorthogonal chemistry and C-H insertion catalysis.

2013 - 2022

Stockholm University

2013 - Junior Group Leader
2017 - Tenure as Knut & Alice Wallenberg Fellow
2021 - Associate Prof. (Docent in Organic Chemistry)

In late 2013, he started his independent career at Stockholm University (Dept. of Organic Chemistry) as a Junior Researcher of the Swedish Research Council. In 2017, he was tenured with the generous sponsorship of the Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation and the European Research Council (ERC). In 2021, he became associate professor at Stockholm University as Docent in Organic Chemistry.

2022 -

University of Valencia

2022 - Distinguished Researcher

In mid 2022, he accepted a position at the Institute of Molecular Science (ICMol) at the University of Valencia as a Senior Distinguished Researcher of the Valencian Government (Generalitat Valenciana). His group is currently pursuing the development of new synthetic methods towards a more sustainable and efficient organic synthesis.

Fellowships and Awards

  • FPU National Graduate Fellowship (Spain, 2005)
  • Extraordinary doctorate award (U. Oviedo, 2010)
  • Fulbright Fellowship (US Department of State, 2010)
  • Marie Curie Intra-European Fellowship (EU, 2012)
  • JSP Fellow (Swiss Chemical Society, 2016)
  • Thieme Chemistry Journals Award (2017)
  • RSEQ Young Group Leader Award (Spanish Royal Society Chemistry, 2023)
  • Eli Lilly Young Researcher Award (2023)
  • Grants as PI

  • Junior Researchers Grant (Swedish Research Council)
  • Marie Curie Career Integration Grant (FP7, EU)
  • Patent Development Funding (Swedish Innovation Agency, VINNOVA)
  • Strategic funds (EXSELENT)
  • ERC Starting Grant (H2020, EU)
  • Industrial PhD (Swedish Foundation for Strategic Research)
  • Wallenberg Academy Fellows (KAW Foundation)
  • Swedish Research Council Project Grant
  • Wallenberg Academy Fellows Extension (KAW Foundation)
  • CIDEGENT Senior (Generalitat Valenciana)