Fellow
Francisco José Barrantes
  • Medical Science
  • rtfjb1@gmail.com

Director, Laboratory of Molecular Neurobiology, Institute of Biomedical Research, University of Argentina-CONICET; Member of National Academy of Medicine, Buenos Aires; Fellow and Former Vice president of the World Academy of Sciences; Member of Latin American Academy of Science

Information

Membership Number: FCA1219

Membership Type: Fellowship

Division: Natural Science

Corresponding Email: rtfjb1@gmail.com

Homepage(s): https://orcid.org/0000-0002-4745-681X


 

Present and Previous Positions

Director, Laboratory of Molecular Neurobiology, Institute of Biomedical Research, Faculty of Medicine, Pontif. Cath. University of Argentina-CONICET (National Scientific and Technical Research Council of Argentina)


2015-2017. Science Without Borders Visiting Senior Scientist, Federative Republic of Brazil, at the Institute of Biophysics Carlos Chagas Filho, Federal Univ. of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

2014- Visiting Adjunct Professor, Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Mumbai, India. 2007-2009/2009-2011. Director of CONICET-Bahia Blanca (National Scientific and

Technological Research Council of Argentina, Centro Científico Tecnológico CONICET- Bahía Blanca: Institutes of Chemical Engineering, Mathematics, Physics, Electrical Engineering, Chemistry, Oceanography, Biochemistry, Agronomy, Geology and Economy and Regional Development), Argentina (2007-2009) (and second term, 2009-2011). 

1983-2011.     Director of Institute of Biochemical Research (INIBIBB), Bahía Blanca, Arg. Natl. Research Council (CONICET), Argentina.  

2009-2013. Visiting scientist. National Center for Biological Sciences (NCBS), Tata Institute for Fundamental Reseach, Bangalore, India. 

1993-1994. Visiting Professor, Biochemistry Dept. Oxford University, England.

1994-to date. Highest rank research category in the National Scientific Research Council (CONICET) of Argentina.

1993. Visiting professor, Dept. of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Univ. of Extremadura, Spain. 

1992-1994. Visiting Professor, Biochemistry Dept., Univ. Bath, England. 

1991 Royal Society (London) Guest Research Fellow at the Medical Research Council, Laboratory of Molecular Biology, Cambridge, U.K. Trinity College, University of Cambridge.

1990-1991. Human Frontier Research Fellow. Medical Reseach Council, Laboratory of Molecular Biology, Cambridge, U.K. Trinity College, University of Cambridge.

1987 Visiting professor. Dept. Neurobiology, Weizmann Institute of Science, Rehovot, Israel. 1986-1987 Visiting professor. Dept. Neurobiology and Behavior, State University of New York at Stony Brook, N.Y., U.S.A.

1986 Fellow. The Neurosciences Institute, Rockefeller University, New York, U.S.A. 1983-1994. Principal Career Investigator, National Scientific Research Council (CONICET) of Argentina 

1978-1983.  Joint Head of the Membrane Biophysics Group (Gruppe 14, Barrantes-NeherSakmann) together with Drs. Erwin Neher and Bert Sakmann at the Max-Planck-Institute for Biophysical Chemistry, Göttingen, Germany.

1974-1977. Member of Research Staff. Department of Molecular Biology,  Max-Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry, Göttingen, Germany.   (Dr. T. Jovin).

1973-1974.  Research Associate, Inst. Cell Biology, Fac. Medicine, Univ. of Buenos Aires.   1972-1973. Research Associate. Department of Biochemistry, School of Chemical Sciences, Univ. of Illinois. Urbana-Champaign (Prof. G. Weber).

1969-1971.  Research Fellow, Argentine Scientific Research Council, Inst. Cell Biology, Faculty of Medicine, Univ. Buenos Aires (Prof. E. De Robertis). 


Other Employment or External Roles


2018- Elected President of the Alumni Association of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation in Argentina.

2017-  Appointed member of the Editorial Board, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s Diseases.

2017- Appointed member of the selection committee for the Weber Thesis Award 2017.

2016- Appointed member of the Editorial Board, OBM Neurobiology.

2016- Appointed Associate Editor, Frontiers in Cell and Developmental Biology.

2016- Appointed Associate Editor, Frontiers in Physics, Frontiers in Molecular Biosciences.

2014- Appointed Associate Editor, Frontiers in Synaptic Neurosciences.

2014- Appointed member of Editorial Board, Journal of Advanced Neuroscience Research.

2014- Appointed member of Editorial Board, World Journal of Neuroscience.

2012- Appointed  member, Scientific Exchange Programme of the German-Argentinian Center for University Exchange, having acted as reviewer of proposals since.

2010-     Appointed member of the Research Council, Pontificial Catholic University of Argentina.

2011-     Appointed Senior Editor, Internat. J. Biochemistry & Molec. Biology.

2010- Appointed Associate Editor of Frontiers in Membrane Physiology and Biophysics, a specialty section of Frontiers in Physics.

2009-2012. One of the two members of the Scientific Advisory Board of the FP7 European Project NeuroCypres on Cys-loop Receptors.

2008- Associate Editor, Biochemica et Biophysica Acta (BBA), Biomembranes.

2008-    Member of Advanced School Committee, ISN.

2008-2012  Member of the editorial board, Biophysical Reviews.

2006-2008. Appointed Member of Council, International Union for Pure and Applied Biophysics (IUPAB).

2006-2007. Chairman, Biochemistry Reviewing Committee, Arg. Scientific Research Council (CONICET).

2007-  Member of the Editorial board, The Open Structural Biology Journal.

2006-to-date. Appointed member of the Basic Science Subcommission, International League Against Epilepsy (ILAE).

2006.  Co-chairman, Biochemistry Reviewing Committee, Arg. Scientific Research Council (CONICET).

2004- Appointed member of the editorial board of the Braz. Journal of Medical and Biological Research.

2003-to date. Reviewer for Am. J. Physiology, Biochemistry, BBA, Biophys. J., Chem. Phys. Lipids, Eur. Biophys. J., Eur. J. Pharmacol., Mol. Brain Res., Nature Biotechnology,

J. Neuroscience, Brit. J. Pharmacol., Biophys. J., 

2003-to date. Member of the External Reviewing Board of FONDAP, Catholic University of Chile.

2002- Appointed Member of the Biology Committee of the Latin American Network for Biological Sciences (RELAB). UNESCO.

1997-1998. Editor, ISN News, International Society for Neurochemistry.

1994 Member of the Special Evaluation Commission, Secretariat of Science and Technology, Universidad Nacional del Sur.

1993 Appointed Member of the Banco de Evaluadores de Actividades Científicas and Tecnológicas and de Posgrado del Consejo Interuniversitario Nacional.

1991-1998. Member of the editorial board, Comments on Molecular and Cellular Biophysics.

1991-1993. Member of the Scientific Advisory Committee of the Argentinian-Brazilian Center for Biotechnology (CABBIO).

1988  External reviewer, Instituto Nacional de Tecnología Industrial (INTI). 

1986-1989. Member of the Chemistry Reviewing Committee, Arg. Scientific Research Council (CONICET).

1988-1990. Member of the Council of the Sociedad de Biofísica Latinoamericana (Latin American Biophysical Society, SoBLA).

1988-1990. Member of the Special Commission on Cell and Membrane Transport of the International Union for Pure and Applied Biophysics (IUPAB).   Elected member of the Executive Committee of the above commission  1988-1990. Member of the editorial board, Neurochemistry International.

 Member of the Biology Committee of the Latin American Network for Biological Sciences (RELAB). UNESCO.

1987-1989. Elected Secretary of the Argentine Neurochemical Society.

1988-to date Reviewer. Scientific Research Council (CONICIT), Chile.  

1987(Oct) Consultant of the Biotechnology Program of the Argentine Secretariat of State for Science and Technology (SECYT) in the Federal Republic of Germany. 

1979-1988. External reviewer of the National Science Foundation (NSF), U.S.A.  

1984-1987. Member (nominated) of the Special Commission on Cell and Membrane Biophysics of the International Union of Pure and Applied Biophysics (IUPAB). 


2021  “Master of Medicine” Award. The Argentine Medical Press.

2021  Gregorio Weber Award for Excellence in Fluorescence Theory and Applications, Biophysical Society, USA.

2017. Argentine Biochemical Association Prize 2017. Together with Drs. Mariela L. Paz, Paula N. Manuelli, Florencia Aguirre, Andres Villa and  Juliana Leoni for the work “Cell-free fluorescent microbead-based autoantibody diagnostic test for myasthenia gravis”. Argentina.

2017.  Award together with Drs. Pablo. G. Sanz and Lina Grasso: “Strategies to improve quality of life for the elderly with Alzheimer´s Disease through transdisciplinary assistance and translational research” within the framework of the call “Developing ideas and talents”, Universidad Católica Argentina. 

2016. Bernardo Houssay Award from the Center for the Study & Development of the Chemical-Pharmaceutical Industry in Argentina (CEDIQUIFA).

2015. “Science without Frontiers” award from the Ministry of Education (MEC) and the Ministry of Science and Technology (MCT) of Brazil, through their respective funding agencies - CAPES and CNPq.

2013. The World Academy of Sciences (TWAS) Medal.

2011. Elected Member. National Academy of Sciences of Argentina.

2009. Awarded the 2009 Senior Consacration Prize of the National Academy of Exact, Physical and Natural Sciences of Argentina.

2008. Awarded the Miguel Lillo Medal. Society for Biology, Tucuman, Argentina.

2006. Awarded the Prémio União Latina, Lisbon, Portugal, together with Prof. Dr. M. Prieto.

2006. Elected member of Council of the International Union of Pure and Applied Biophysics (IUPAB). (2006-2008).

2006. Chancellor’s Award in the Neurosciences, Univ. Louisiana,  U.S.A.

2005.  Fulbright Scholar, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA, USA.

2004. Awarded the Eduardo De Robertis Medal and delivered the 2004 De Robertis Lecture of the Argentine Society for Neurosciences. 

2003. Awarded one of the five 2003 Konex Foundation awards in Science and Technology, in the discipline Molecular Biology and Cytology, Argentina (“one of the five most relevant Argentine scientists in Neurobiology in the decade; awarded every 10 years).

2002. Awarded the Sarojini Damodaran International Trust Award, India.

1999. Elected President, Argentine Society for Neurochemistry (SAN). (1999-2001).

1997-1999. Designated Chairman of the Committee for Aid in Neurochemistry, International Society for Neurochemistry (ISN).

1997-1999. Elected Vicepresident, Argentine Society for Neurochemistry (SAN). (19971999).

1998. Awarded the Alexander von Humboldt Research Prize (AvH Forschungspreis). Germany. 

1995-1997. Elected member of the Committee for Molecular and Cellular Neurosciences, International Union of Physiological Sciences (IUPS).

1995-1997. Elected chairman of the Committee for Aid in Neurochemistry, International Society for Neurochemistry (ISN).

1994-1996. Elected member of the Special Commission on Cell and Membrane Biophysics (IUPAB, International Union of pure and Applied Biophysics).

1993-1996. Elected member of the Board of Directors (Council), International Society for Neurochemistry (ISN).

1993. Elected member of the Argentine Association for the Advancement of Sciences.

1993. Elected member of the Committee for Aid in Neurochemistry of the International Society for Neurochemistry (ISN).

1992. Guest Research Fellow, Royal Society, London, U.K. At the Laboratory for Molecular Biology (LMB), Medical Research Council (MRC), Cambridge, UK

1991. Human Frontier Science Program Fellowship at the At the Laboratory for Molecular Biology (LMB), Medical Research Council (MRC), Cambridge, UK. 

1990-1991. Awarded Fellowship of the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, New York.

1989. The World Academy of Sciences (TWAS) 1988 Award in Biology.

1987. "Bernardo Houssay Award" from the Argentinian Scientific Research Council (CONICET) for work on neurotransmitter receptors.

1986.  Fellow, The Neurosciences Institute, New York, U.S.A.

1971. Daniel Goytía Award of the Argentinian Association for the Advancement of Science for the work on "Structure and Function of Biomembranes". Award presented by Nobel Awardee in Chemistry, Prof. Luis F. Leloir.

1970. Wellcome Trust Fellowship, U.K., to conduct short training period with Prof. B. Finean, Univ. Birmingham, England. 


Fields of Scholarship and Research Interests

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Honors, Awards and Other Membership

2022. Elected Corresponding National Member, Academy of Medical Sciences in Cordoba, Argentina.

2018. Elected Full Member, National Academy of Medicine, Buenos Aires, Argentina. Seat No. 30 (J.A. Domínguez), formerly occupied by his supervisor, Prof. E. De Robertis.

2015. Elected member of the 2016-2018 Council Nominating Committee, TWAS.

2013-2015. Elected Vice president,  World Academy of Sciences (TWAS) (2nd. Term). 2011. Elected Corresponding Member, Natl. Academy of Sciences, Argentina.

2010-2012. Appointed member, TWAS Programmes, Policy and Planning Committee.

2010-2012. Elected Vicepresident,  World Academy of Sciences (TWAS).

2009-2012. Re-elected Member, Executive Council, Latin American Regional Office of the TWAS, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

2007-2009. Appointed Chairman,  TWAS Prize Committee in the field of Biology.

2006-2012. Elected by direct vote member of the Council, Latin American Academy of Science (Academia de Ciencias de América Latina, ACAL).

2005. Elected Member of the Board of Directors (Council), International Society for Neurochemistry (ISN) (2006-2009 period).

2005. Elected Foreign Fellow, Indian National Science Academy (INSA).

1998. Elected Corresponding Member, Brazilian Academy of Sciences (ABC).

1996. Designated one of the five members of the Nominations Committee for the election of the Council of the Academy of Sciences for the Developing World for the 1997-1999 period.

1995-1998. Elected Member of the Membership Committee in Biology of the Academy of Sciences for the Developing World (TWAS).

2004. Appointed Member, Executive Council, Latin American Regional Office of TWAS, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. 

2004. Appointed Full Member, European Academy of Sciences and Arts.

1999. Elected Corresponding Member, National Academy of Medicine, Buenos Aires, Argentina. 

1994. Elected Full Member, Latin American Academy of Sciences (ACAL).

1993. Elected Fellow, The World Academy of Sciences, Trieste, Italy. 

1991. Elected Corresponding Fellow, The World Academy of Sciences, Trieste, Italy. 


 

Selected Publications

https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=7sloyzoAAAAJ&hl=en

 

Other Information

barrantes_cv2022.pdf