Maria Torre is a Full Professor at the Inorganic Chemistry Department (DEC) of the Facultad de Química (UdelaR), Montevideo, Uruguay, and she is the Assistant Director of the Development Program of Basic Sciences (PEDECIBA) created by the United Nations Development Programme, UdelaR and the Ministry of Education of Uruguay. She received her Ph.D. degree in bioinorganic chemistry, directed by Dr. Enrique J. Baran (UNLP, Argentina) and the Engineer Eduardo Kremer (UdelaR, Uruguay). Her research interests are bioinorganic chemistry, medicinal chemistry, and pharmaceutical chemistry. As a part of her research work, Dr. Torre developed new metallic complexes with sulfonamides, quinoxaline derivatives, and alditols, with antimicrobial activities. Particularly, new Fe-quinoxaline complexes with antimycobacterium activity were patented. Besides, new copper complexes with oligopeptides were studied as antitumor agents. On the other hand, she studied the incidence of hypocupremia in cattle in Northern Uruguay, the causes, the consequences, and the alleviation with an injected copper-amino acid complex developed by the research group. She has published more than 60 articles in peer-reviewed journals, she presented her work in several meetings, and she gave several lectures worldwide. She is a Foundation Member of the Cancer Association in Uruguay and the Medical Geology Chapter, and she is a Member of the Pharmaceutical Chemistry Association.
Biography Updated on 13 April 2012