Freddy Alexander Bernal

PhD Freddy Alexander Bernal

Transfer Group Anti-infectives +49 3641 532-1044

Curriculum vitae

Main Research Areas
  • Computer-Aided Drug Discovery
  • Organic Synthesis of Drug-like Antimicrobial Compounds
Professional Career
Since 09.2020 Chemist for Drug Discovery, Transfer Group Anti-infectives, Leibniz Institute for Natural Product Research and Infection Biology – Hans Knöll Institute (HKI), Jena, Germany. Topic: Computer-aided discovery and optimization of novel antimicrobials.
08.2015-10.2019 Doctorate (Doctor of Natural Sciences – Pharmacy), Westfälische Wilhelms – Universität Münster, Münster, Germany. Dissertation title: Qualitative and quantitative structure-activity relationships on 2-phenyl-2,3-dihydrobenzofurans as Leishmanicidal agents. Research advisor: Prof. Dr. Thomas J. Schmidt
02.2012-05.2015 Research Assistant. Bioorganic Chemistry, Military University Nueva Granada, Cajicá, Colombia.
07.2011-05.2015 Lecturer, General Chemistry. Department of Chemistry, Military University Nueva Granada, Bogotá, Colombia.
08.2011-12.2013 Lecturer, Instrumental Analysis and Spectroscopy. Department of Educational Chemistry, Distrital University Francisco Jose de Caldas, Bogotá, Colombia.
02.2010-12.2010 Lecturer, Organic Chemistry and Analytical Chemistry. Technological Corporation of Bogota, Bogotá, Colombia.
08.2007-10.2009 Master in Sciences – Chemistry, National University of Colombia, Bogotá, Colombia. Thesis title: Isolation of secondary metabolites from the leaves of Iryanthera ulei Warb. (Myristicaceae), evaluation of their antimicrobial activity and synthesis of one 8-O-4′-neolignan. Research advisor: Prof. Dr. Luis E. Cuca.
02.2002-02.2007 Bachelor in Chemistry, National University of Colombia, Bogotá, Colombia.


Bernal FA, Cuca LE (2009) Chemical constituents from Iryanthera ulei Warb. Biochemical Systematics and Ecology 37(6), 772-775.
Cuca LE, Bernal FA, Coy CA, Coy ED (2009) Essential oil composition and antimicrobial activity of fruits of Iryanthera ulei W. from Colombia. Journal of the Chilean Chemical Society 54(4), 289-291.