Alberto Martínez

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Alberto Martínez, Assistant Professor

Courses Taught:

  • CHEM 1000
  • CHEM 1110
  • CHEM 1110L
  • CHEM1210
  • CHEM 1210L


  • Post-doctoral fellowship, Brooklyn College, City University of New York, 2006-2012
  • Post-doctoral fellowship, Virginia Commonwealth University/Massey Cancer Center, 2010-2011
  • PhD, University of Barcelona, Chemistry, 2005
  • MS, University of Barcelona, Chemistry, 2001
  • BS, University of Barcelona, Chemistry, 2000

Research Interests:

  • Design and synthesis of small molecules as ionophores for the understanding of the role that metal ions play in Alzheimer's disease.
  • Chemotherapy of Malaria: Synthesis and mechanistic studies of organometallic ruthenium compounds of chloroquine and organic/organometallic 1,2,4-trioxane derivatives.
  • Design and synthesis of Ru(II) and Ru(III) complexes of azole molecules with sterol biosynthesis inhibitor (SBI) properties for the treatment of trypanosomatid diseases.
  • Synthesis and mechanistic studies of Pt(II) and Pt(IV) coordination complexes with antitumor properties.


  • Robles-Escajeda, E.; Martínez, A.(co-first author); Varela-Ramírez, A.; Sánchez-Delgado, R.A.; Aguilera, R. "Analysis of the Cytotoxic Effects of Ruthenium-Ketoconazole and Ruthenium-Clotrimazole Complexes on Cancer Cells". Cell Biol.Toxicol. 2013, 29, 431-443.
  • Iniguez, E.; Sánchez, A.; Vasquez, M.A.; Martínez, A.; Olivas, J.; Sattler, A.; Sánchez-Delgado, R.A.; Maldonado, R.A. "Metal-Drug Synergy: New Ruthenium(II) Complexes of Ketokonazole Are Highly Active against Leishmania major and Trypanosoma cruzi and Nontoxic to Human or Murine Normal Cells", J. Biol. Inorg. Chem. 2013, 18, 779-790.
  • Martínez, A.; Carreon, T.; Anzellotti, A.; Sánchez, A.; Tyan, M.; Sattler, A.; Herrera, L.; Maldonado, R.A.; Sánchez-Delgado, R.A. "Searching for New Chemotherapies for Tropical Diseases: Ru-Clotrimazole Complexes Display High in vitro Activity Against Leishmania major and Trypanosoma cruzi and Low Toxicity Toward Normal Mammallian Cells", J. Med. Chemistry, 2012, 55, 3867-3877.
  • Glans, L.; Ehnbom, A. ; de Kock, C. ; Martínez, A. ; Estrada, J. ; Smith, P.J. ; Haukka, M. ; Sánchez-Delgado, R.A. ; Nordlander, E. "Ruthenium(II) Arene Complexes With Chelating Chloroquine Analogue Ligands: Synthesis, Characterization and in vitro Antimalarial Activity", Dalton Trans. 2012, 41, 2764-2773.
  • Benedetti, B.T. ; Peterson, E.J. ; Kabolizadeh, P. ; Martínez, A. ; Kipping, R. ; Farrell, N.P. "Effects of Noncovalent Platinum Drug-Protein Interactions on Drug Efficacy: Use of Fluorescent Conjugates as Probes for Drug Metabolism", Mol. Pharm. 2011, 8(3), 940-948
  • Navarro, M.; Castro, W.; Martínez, A.; Sánchez-Delgado, R.A. "The Mechanism of Antimalarial Action of [Au(CQ)(PPh3)PF6 : Structural Effects and Increased Drug Lipophilicity Enhance Heme Aggregation Inhibition at Lipid/Water Interfaces", J. Inorg. Biochem. 2011, 105, 276-282.
  • Martínez, A.; Suárez, J.; Shaund, T.; Magliozzo, R. ; Sánchez-Delgado, R.A. "Interactions of Arene-Ru(II)-Chloroquine Complexes of Known Antimalarial and Antitumor Activity with Human Serum Albumin (HSA) and Transferrin", J. Inorg. Biochem. 2011, 105, 39-45
  • Martínez, A.; Rajapakse, C.S.K.; Aguilera, R.; Lema, C.; Varela, A.; Sánchez-Delgado, R.A. "Arene-Ru(II)-Chloroquine Complexes Interact With DNA, Induce Apoptosis On human lymphoid cell Lines and Display low Toxicity to Normal Mammalian Cells", J. Inorg. Biochem. 2010, 104, 967-977
  • Galindo, M.A.; Amantia, D.; Martínez, A.; Clegg, W.; Harrington, R.W.; Moreno, V.; Houlton, A. "Reactions of Pd(II) with Chelate-Tethered 2,6-diaminopurine Derivatives: N3 coordination and reaction of the Purine System", Inorg. Chem. 2009, 48, 11085-11091
  • Galindo, M.A.; Amantia, D.; Martínez, A.; Clegg, W.; Harrington, R.W.; Moreno, V. ; Houlton, A. "Probing Metal-Ion Purine Interactions at DNA Minor-Groove Sites", Inorg. Chem. 2009, 48, 10295-10303
  • Jiménez, S.; López, J.A.; Ciriano, M.A.; Tejel, C.; Martínez, A.; Sánchez-Delgado, R.A., "Selective Hydrogenation of Cynnamaldehyde and Other α,β-unsaturated Substrates Catalyzed by Rhodium and Ruthenium Complexes", Organometallics, 2009, 28(11), 3193-3202
  • Martínez, A.; Rajapakse S.K., C.; Jalloh, D.; Dautriche, C.; Sánchez-Delgado, R.A. "The Antimalarial Activity of Ru-Chloroquine Complexes Against Resistant P. falciparum is related to Lipophilicity and Heme Aggregation Inhibition Ability Near Water-Octanol Interfaces", J. Biol. Inorg. Chem. 2009, 14, 863-871
  • Rajapakse, C.S.K. ; Martínez, A. ; Naoulou, B. ; Jarzecki, A.A. ; Suárez, L. ; Deregnaucourt, C.; Sinou, V.; Schrével, J.; Musi, E. ; Ambrosini, G. ; Schwartz, G.K.; Sánchez-Delgado, R.A. "Synthesis, Characterization, and in vitro Antimalarial and Anticancer Activity of New Ruthenium(II) Complexes of Chloroquine", Inorg. Chem. 2009, 48, 1122-1131.
  • Shaik, N; Martínez, A.; Augustin, I; Giovinazzo, H.; Varela, A; Aguilera, R; Sanau, M; Aguilera, R.J.; Contel, M. "Synthesis of Apoptosis-Inducing Iminophosphorane Organogold(III) Complexes and Study of Their Interactions with Biomolecular Targets", Inorg. Chem. 2009, 48, 1577-1587
  • Martínez, A.; Moreno, V.; Sanglas, L.; de Llorens, R.; Avilés, F.X.; Lorenzo, J. "Study by HPLC-MS of the Interaction of Platinum Antitumor Complexes with Potato Carboxypeptidase Inhibitor (PCI)", Bioorg. Med. Chem. 2008, 16, 6832-6840.
  • Martínez, A.; Rajapakse S.K., C.; Naoulou, B.; Kopkalli, Y. ; Davenport, L.; Sánchez-Delgado, R.A. "The Mechanism of Antimalarial Action of the Ruthenium(II)-Chloroquine Complex [RuCl2(CQ)]2", J. Biol. Inorg. Chem. 2008, 13, 703-712.
  • Martínez, A.; Lorenzo, J.; Font-Bardía, M.; Solans, X.; Prieto, M.J.; Moreno, V. "Influence of the Position of Substituents in the Cytotoxic Activity of Trans Platinum Complexes with Hydroxymtehylpyridines", Bioorg. Med. Chem. 2007, 15, 969-979
  • Stehlikova, K; Kasparkova, J.; Novakova, O.; Martínez, A.; Moreno, V.; Brabec, V. "Recognition of DNA Modified by Trans-[PtCl2NH3(4-hydroxymethylpyridine)] by Tumor Supresor Protein p53 and Character of DNA Adducts of this Cytotoxic Complex", The FEBS Journal, 2006, 273, 301-314
  • Martínez, A.; Lorenzo, J.; Prieto, M.J.; de Llorens, R.; Font-Bardía, M.; Solans, X.; Avilés, F.X.; Moreno, V., "Synthesis, Characterization and Biological Activity of trans-Platinum(II) and trans-Platinum(IV) Complexes with 4-Hydroxymethylpyridine", ChemBioChem, 2005, 6, 2068-2077.
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