Fernando Coelho graduated in Industrial Pharmacy from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, where he also obtained an M.D. degree in organic chemistry/natural product chemistry. He then moved to France where he completed his Ph.D. degree in synthetic organic chemistry under the guidance of Professor Andrew E. Greene at the Joseph Fourier University at Grenoble in 1987. After a postdoctoral stage at the Joseph Fourier University in Grenoble at the same laboratory, working in the total synthesis of bakkane sesquiterpenes, he returned to Brazil to work at the Faculty of Pharmacy in Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ, 1988-1989). He then moved to Maceió (northeast of Brazil), where he coordinated the Organic Synthesis Laboratory of the P&D Department of Braskem (ex-Salgema), Chemical Industry S/A (1989-1995). He returned to the University of Campinas, where he has been working as a Fulltime Professor of organic chemistry since 2010. Coelho is the author of more than 70 research articles, one book chapter, and four patents, and has directed 28 Ph.D. theses and dissertations. He received awards and distinctions, such as the Elsevier Award for the most cited paper in Tetrahedron Letters in 2006. Recently a Ph.D. thesis developed in his laboratory received an Honor Mention from CAPES Great Thesis Award Contest. At present, his research interest focuses on the mechanistic studies and synthetic uses of the Morita-Baylis-Hillman reaction on the synthesis of natural products, asymmetric synthesis, synthesis of drugs, and biologically active compounds and chemical waste management. He is recipient of a research fellowship from the Brazilian National Council for Scientific and Technological Development, level 1C. Coelho headed the Organic Chemistry Department at the University of Campinas (2000-2004, 2006-2008), the Director of the Organic Chemistry Division of the Brazilian Society of Chemistry (2004-2006), and the President of the Unicamp´s Commission of Environmental Management (2002-2010).
Biography Updated on 4 February 2012