Surgeon, Biochemist, Researcher, Professor and Academic. He studied at the Faculty of Medicine of the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM). He began his work as a researcher, being a disciple of Guillermo Massieu Helguera. In 1969, he was the first person to obtain a doctorate in Biochemistry at the Faculty of Chemistry at UNAM. He specialized in the area of neuroscience, conducted research on synaptic chemical transmission and neurodegenerative diseases. He began his teaching work teaching biochemistry classes when he was still a medical student, a work he did for more than fifteen years. He also taught the molecular biology class. He was visiting professor in Argentina, Honduras (National Autonomous University of Honduras), Uruguay and Venezuela (University of Zulia). He taught at the Center for Research and Advanced Studies of the National Polytechnic Institute (Cinvestav), at the Autonomous Metropolitan University (UAM), at the University of Guanajuato and at the University of Guadalajara. He also was a visiting researcher at the Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics at the University of California, San Francisco, in 1980. He was head of the Department of Experimental Biology at the UNAM Institute of Biology, where he founded the Center for Research in Cell Physiology in 1979. He was a member of the Mexican Society of Biochemistry, of the International Society of Neurochemistry, of the American Society of Neurochemistry, of the National Academy of Medicine, of the Mexican Academy of Sciences, of the Mexican Society of Physiological Sciences, of the Academy of Sciences of New York and of the Latin American Network of Natural Bioactive Compounds. He was the founder of the College of Bioethics, in 2003. He became a national researcher in excellence through the National System of Researchers and a member of the Science Advisory Council of the Presidency of the Republic. He published more than 300 articles for national and international magazines and wrote 23 chapters for collective books. He was co-author of 5 textbooks on biochemistry and neurobiology, and 1 popular science book. He was director of the journal "Ciencia" of the Mexican Academy of Sciences from 1977 to 2000, and was executive editor of "Neurochemistry International." He served on the editorial boards of the "Journal of Neurochemistry," "Neurochemical Research," and "Archives of Medical Research." Some of his works include: "Temas selectos de Fisiología Celular" (1981), "Regulatory Mechanisms of Synaptic Transmission" (1981), "La construcción de la Bioética" (2007), and "Las células de la mente" (1987).
Bio by: Ola K Ase