Marcelo Calderón is an Ikerbasque Research Professor at POLYMAT, the Basque Center for Macromolecular Design and Engineering, since 2019. He received a bachelor’s degree in chemistry in 2003 and a Ph.D. degree in Chemical Sciences in 2007, both from the National University of Córdoba, Argentina. He was progressively a post-doctoral fellow, a Junior Group Leader focused on NanoScale, and an Assistant Professor at the Institute for Chemistry and Biochemistry, Freie Universität Berlin from 2007 to 2018.
Professor Calderón today is a leader of the Responsive Polymer for Therapeutics Group at POLYMAT. He was highlighted as an ‘Emerging Investigator’ by the Royal Society of Chemistry journals Chemical Communications (2015) and Journal of Material Chemistry B (2017). He was the recipient of the Arthur K. Doolittle Award in 2010 (American Chemical Society, Polymer Materials: Science and Engineering Division), the Cesar Milstein Fellowship in 2011 (Ministry of Science, Technology and Productive Innovation, Argentina), the NanoMatFutur Grant for Young Scientists from the German Ministry of Science in 2012. He completed his bachelor and doctoral studies with fellowships from the YPF Foundation and the Research Council of Argentina (CONICET), respectively.
Professor Calderón has more than 170 publications in peer-reviewed journals, more than 20 conference proceedings, 22 reviews and editorials, 4 book chapters, and 2 patents. He is a frequent reviewer of the American Chemical Society, Royal Society of Chemistry, amongst others.
His group research activities have focused toward the development of polymer-based nanomaterials that are able to sense environmental triggers and respond to them at the site of action as novel therapeutic and diagnostic approaches for novel efficient materials suitable for nanomedicine. The materials synthesized by the group were successfully used for imaging, controlled drug delivery, tumor ablation by hyperthermia, capture, and quantification of circulating tumor cells (CTCs), and topical drug delivery.