Francisco Javier Rodriguez MejiasFrancisco Javier RODRIGUEZ MEJIAS, Dr.
Postdoc Researcher  

Institute of Pharmacy/Pharmacognosy
University of Innsbruck
Center for Chemistry and Biomedicine
Innrain 80 - 82/IV
Room: L.04.052
6020 Innsbruck / Austria



I have gotten my Bachelor in Chemistry in July 2016 from the University of Cadiz and the Chemical Sciences and Technology Master in September 2017 from the UNED University (Madrid, Spain). I have obtained the Extraordinary Prize for the best academic record during my Master. I joined the Institute of Biomolecules of the University of Cádiz as an R&D Support Technician within the Youth Guarantee Program of the Andalusian Region until June 2018. Subsequently, I joined the group of Allelopathy in Higher Plants and Microorganisms, from the Department of Organic Chemistry at the University of Cadiz, where I began my PhD with a Research Staff Training Grant (FPI-UCA).

The main topic of my PhD was the design of new fully organic encapsulation agents and their application in the pharmacological and agrochemical fields. I finished it in July 2021, with an outstanding cum laude mark, and with the distinction of European doctor after I developed a research stay at the Jacobs University of Bremen (Germany) for 3.5 months. Currently, I have published 12 articles concerning new formulation techniques for natural products, all of them collected in JCR Q1 and Q2, as well as 2 patents related to new encapsulation systems, and 1 book chapter. One of these articles has been awarded as the most read between 2018-2019 by the Wiley editorial board. In addition, I have attended three research conferences providing oral and poster presentations, as well as providing results to more than 18 conferences. Recently, I have been awarded the Prize for the Best Doctoral Thesis Dissertation 2020-2021 by the Royal Spanish Society of Chemistry in the Andalusian Region, and also the same prize by the University of Cadiz in the topic Biomolecules. In addition, I have been awarded with the second place in the international award “Dr. Mariola Macias Award” from the “Phytochemical Society of Europe” for the best contribution in the science of natural products in the year 2021-2022.

I am a Member of the Quality Assurance Commission of the Biomolecules Doctoral Program at the University of Cadiz, and I have added experience in management after joining the Electronic Journals Commission of the same University for 2 years. I have worked as a postdoctoral researcher in the Allelopathy group at the University of Cádiz for 6 months and I am currently a Margarita-Salas NextGenerationEU postdoctoral researcher at the Department of Pharmacognosy at the University of Innsbruck (Austria).

Scientific Experience

  • Member of Spanish National Project: “Parasitic plant biostimulators. New approaches to their control in interested crops”. (01/01/2018 – 30/09/2021). AGL2017-88083-R
  • Member of Spanish National Project: “Synthesis and nano-encapsulation of phytotoxin hybrids with agricultural application”. (01/09/2021 – 31/08/2024). PID2020-115747RB-I00
  • R&D Support Technician in the Institute of Biomolecules from University of Cadiz. (01/06/2017 – 01/06/2018)
  • Predoctoral Research Stay at Jacobs University of Bremen (Germany). (11/11/2020 – 03/03/2021)
  • Postdoctoral Researcher from Organic Chemistry Department at University of Cádiz (27/07/2021 – 31/12/2021)
  • Margarita-Salas NextGenerationEU Postdoctoral Researcher from Pharmacognosy Department at University of Innsbruck (Austria). (01/01/2022 – 01/01/2025)

R&D Management and Scientific Committees

  • Member of Electronic Journals Commission in the University of Cadiz. (22/01/2020 – 10/09/2021)
  • Secretary of Quality Assurance Commission of the Biomolecules Doctoral Program in the University of Cadiz (24/03/2020 – 27/07/2021)
  • Postdoctoral Researcher Member of the Quality Assurance Commission of the Doctoral Program in Biomolecules of the University of Cádiz (Since 27/07/2021)
  • Reviewer of 8 research articles (more info. ORCID)
  • Guest Editor of Molecules in the Special Issue: Organic Nanomaterials: Synthesis and Applications


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