About Francisco Leon
Francisco Leon obtained his B.S. in chemistry from the National University of Colombia, Bogota, Colombia. He completed his M.S. and Ph.D. in organic chemistry at La Laguna University, Tenerife, Spain. After postdoctoral positions at the European University of Madrid, Canary Islands Cancer Research Institute and The University of Mississippi. Leon was appointed as a researcher at the Natural Products and Agrobiology Institute, Spanish National Research Council, Spain. Leon then returned to the University of Mississippi as a research scientist. In 2017, Leon joined the University of Florida College of Pharmacy department of medicinal chemistry as an assistant scientist. His research interests include the exploration of the chemistry expressed through natural products from different sources, such as, plants and fungi. He has honed expertise in different methodologies; isolation of secondary metabolites, bioassay-guided fractionation strategies, structural elucidation of various natural products as well as, the synthesis/semisynthesis of natural compounds. Currently, his work is focused on the evaluation of these extracts/fractions/pure compounds for their ability to interact with opioid, cannabinoid or neuropeptide FF receptors with the goal of identifying new agents for pain treatment, anxiety and addiction.