He received his PhD at the Universidad Autonoma de Madrid (UAM, 1982) with Prof. Francisco Fariña. After a postdoctoral stay in Boston College with Prof. T. Ross Kelly, he joined the UAM as an Assistant Professor. Following a two-years period as a NATO-fellow with Prof. John K. Stille in Fort Collins (Colorado State University), he joined the Institute of Organic Chemistry of the CSIC in Madrid. In 1992, he returned to the UAM as a Professor of Organic Chemistry and in 2004 he moved to Tarragona as a Group Leader at the Institute of Chemical Research of Catalonia (ICIQ). Since 2004, he is also Professor of Research of the CSIC.
Prof. Echavarren has been Liebig Lecturer (Organic Division, German Chemical Society, 2006), Abbot Lecturer in Organic Chemistry (University of Illinois at Urbana-Campaign, 2009), Schulich Visiting Professor (Technion, Haifa, 2011), Sir Robert Robinson Distinguished Lecturer (University of Liverpool, 2011), and Novartis Lecturer in Organic Chemistry (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2015). In 2013, he got a European Research Council Advanced Grant and in 2014 he was the president of the 49th EUCHEM Conference on Stereochemistry (Bürgenstock conference). Since 2014, he is a Thomson Reuters Highly Cited Researcher.
Prof. Echavarren is a member of the Advisory Board of Organic & Biomolecular Chemistry, Chemical Society Reviews, Advanced Synthesis and Catalysis, ChemCatChem, and Organic Letters, member of the Editorial Board and Chemistry European Journal, and Associate Editor of Chemical Communications. He received the 2004 Janssen-Cylag Award in Organic Chemistry of the Royal Spanish Chemical Society (RSEQ), the 2010 Gold Medal of the RSEQ and an Arthur C. Cope Scholar Award from the ACS in 2015. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry, has been Secretary General of the RSEQ (1999-2004) and is President of the Catalan Section of the RSEQ (since 2012).
Prof. Echavarren has supervised 45 PhD Thesis and 55 postdoctoral associates. He is the author of more than 250 scientific publications. Full CV and list of publications can be found at his website (http://www.iciq.org/research/research_group/prof-antonio-m-echavarren/) (research ID: A-2116-2010, http://orcid.org/0000-0001-6808-3007).