• Dr. Antoni Planas Sauter

Dr. Antoni Planas
Laboratory of Biochemistry, Bioengineering Department
Biological Chemistry and Biotechnology Group (GQBB)
IQS School of Engineering
Universitat Ramon Llull
Via Augusta 390, 08017 Barcelona, Spain
Tel. +34 93 267 20 00
Fax +34 93 205 62 66
ORCID: 0000-0001-7073-3320


PhD in Chemical Engineering (IQS, 1987)
Degree in Chemical Engineering (IQS, 1982)
Degree in Biochemistry (UAB, 1987)
Postdoctoral fellow in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (University of California, Berkeley, 1988-1989)
Research Associate (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, 1990-1992)
Professor at IQS since 1993. Visiting Professor:Univ. of California, Berkeley (1992)
University of Antioquia, Colombia (1997 and 2006)
INSA, Toulouse, France (2005)
Univ. of Connecticut, USA (2017-18).

Professor (2003-),
Head of the Bioengineering Department (2007-2018)
Head of the Biochemistry Laboratory (1993-)
Coordinator of the Biological Chemistry and Biotechnology Group (GQBB, 1999-)
President, Grupo Especializado de Hidratos de Carbono, Real Sociedad Española de Química (2021-)
Board member, Division of Chemistry in Life Sciences, European Chemical Society (EuChemS) (2020-)
Board member, European Carbohydrate Organization, Spanish representative (2015-)
President, European Carbohydrate Organization (2017-2019)
Elected academic fellow of the Reial Acadèmia de Cièncias i Arts de Barcelona (2019-)
Emyl Fischer Award 2013 by the European Carbohydrate Organization 



Biochemistry (Degree in Chemistry)

Metabolism and Regulation, Protein Engineering, Interdisciplinary Seminars (Degree in Biotechnology)

Synthetic Biology (Master in Bioengineering)

Research Lines

Enzyme engineering in Glycobiology and Biocatalysis. Biomedical targets. Protein structure-function. Metabolic Engineering.

  • Protein engineering and enzymology of glycosidases, glycosyltranferases, and carbohydrate esterases
  • Therapeutic targets in infectious diseases
  • Biocatalysis: enzyme redesign, directed evolution of enzymes
  • Genetic and Metabolic Engineering of bacteria, yeast, and microalgae for the production of high-value products
  • Amyloidogenic proteins in neurodegenerative diseases.


Biological Chemistry and Biotechnology Group (GQBB)