Dr. José S. Calderón Pardo


Department of Natural Products


Address: Circuito Exterior s/n, Ciudad Universitaria. District Coyoacán. ZIP Code 04510. Mexico City. Mexico

Telephone: +52 (55) 56-22-44-52
Fax: +52 (55) 56-16-22-17







Chemistry (1962-1966) at the School of Chemistry, National Autonomous University of Mexico. Defense of thesis entitled “Synthesis of some substituted ciclopentanes” on November 9, 1967. Published in: Rev. Latinoamer. Quím., 5, 196 (1974).



Graduate Studies Division, School of Chemistry, UNAM. Defense of thesis entitled “Isolation and structural determination of two new sesterterpenes alboceric-I and albocerl acids”

Published in: Experientia, 34, 421 (1978) y Chem. and Ind., 548 (1978).


Dr. Calderón is Full Researcher at the Institute of Chemistry, UNAM. He has been awarded level C at the UNAM’s academic performance program and the highest level at the National Research System. He is also lecturer at the School of Chemistry since 1973. He was Secretary of Academic Affairs at the Institute of Chemistry, from April 19th, 1991 to August 10th, 1995 and Head of Medicinal Plants Research Unit from March 1st, 1996 to June 30th, 1998.


He is qualified supervisor of the graduate program in Chemical Sciences and has supervised 61 theses and published 104 scientific articles. His articles have been cited 700 times.



  • Natural products from plants (Phytochemistry):
  • Identification and structural determination of secondary metabolites from plants of the genera Stevia, Brickellia, Ageratum and Ageratine, employing IR, UV, NMR, EM, and chemical reactions.
  • Research on compounds with anti-inflammatory activity from plants belonging to the Asteraceae family.
  •  Isolation of compounds with insecticidal activity from the Asteraceae family (botanical pesticides).
  • Compounds with inhibitory activity of tyrosinase with application in the food industry.



  • Diterpenoids from the roots of Mexican Salvia species. Phytogeographical and evolutionary significance. Baldomero Esquivel, José S. Calderón, Maria Genoveva Arano. Paola M. Hernández and Ana Adela Sánchez. Rev. Latinoamer. Quim. 33, (2) 82-89 (2005).
  • Trypanocidal activity of oleoresin and terpenoids isolated frrom Pinus oocarpa. Julieta Rubio, José S. Calderón, Angélica Flores, Clementina Castro and Carlos L. Céspedes. Z. Naturforsch C. 60, 711-716 (2005).
  • Plant-growth regulatory properties of natural sesquiterpene lactones from Parthenium weedy species and analogous derivatives : A comparative study. C. L. Céspedes, A. Uchoa and J. S. Calderón. Biopesticides International (Biopestic. Int.) 1 (3/4), 142-164 (2005).
  • Insect Growth Inhibitory Activity and Cytotoxicity of Tannic Acid From Gallae Rhois. Isao Kubo, Ikuyo Hori, Ken-ichi Nihei, Hiroki Satooka , Carlos L. Céspedes A. and José S. Calderón. Biopesticides International (Biopestic. Int.) 4 (1),6-14 (2008).
  • Bioactive C-Glycosylflavone from Piper ossanum (Piperaceae). A compound conformationally controlled by weak interactions. María Larionova, Iraida Spengler, Clara Nogueiras, Leovigildo Quijano, Karla Ramírez-Gualito, Gabriel Cuevas and José S. Calderón. Journal of Natural Products, 73, 1623-1627 (2010).
  • Antiviral activity of Ageratina havanensis and major chemical compounds from the most active fraction. Del Barrio, G.; Spengler, I.; García, T.; Roque, A.; Alvarez, A. L.; Calderón, J. S.; Parra F. Braz. J. Pharmacogn. 2011, 21, 915-920.