Who we are

Our team is the most valuable thing we have; in fact our experience and know-how is almost all we have. As you will see it’s very international: 25 people, 5 countries. And this without taking into account our scientific advisory board (which is completely international).
So here we are, managers, personnel and collaborators. Remember that you can read our Mestrelab Blog and Carlos NMR Blog to keep in touch (and discuss) with us.


Founders and Management


Carlos Cobas

Dr. Carlos Cobas is co-founder and President of MESTRELAB RESEARCH. He was born in Santiago de Compostela in 1971, were he started programming in the early eighties. He received his B.Sc. in Chemistry from the University of Santiago de Compostela. After spending a year at the University of Leicester (U.K.) under the supervision of Dr. Paul R. Jenkins, he returned to the University of Santiago, where he obtained an M.Sc. degree in 1995 and a Ph.D. in 2000. At the end of 2004, after 8 years working on the MestReC project, he took the decision to spin off from the Universidad de Santiago de Compostela and launch MESTRELAB RESEARCH.



Santi Dominguez

Santiago Domínguez is a co-founder and CEO of MESTRELAB RESEARCH. Santi was born in Madrid in 1971. He received his BA in Business Studies from the University of Santiago de Compostela in 1994. For the last 10 years, he has resided in the UK, where he occupied positions of increasing responsibility in the American multinational NCH. Initially with a sales and customer service background, he has acquired extensive experience in sales and marketing, general management and company start-ups and has also held a directorship in an import and retail business. His main business interests are the launch of new, dinamic businesses and the building of long-term relationships with customers, suppliers, investors and all other stakeholders.



Javier Sardina

Javier Sardina is a co-founder and Director of the Scientific Advisory Board of MESTRELAB RESEARCH.
He was born in Santiago de Compostela (Spain) in 1958. He was trained as a synthetic organic chemist at the University of Santiago de Compostela, where he received both his B.S. (1980) and Ph.D. (1985) degrees. From 1986 to 1988 he was a Fulbright Scholar at the University of California, Berkeley, working in the laboratory of the late Prof. Henry Rapoport. Currently, he is a Professor of Organic Chemistry at the University of Santiago and his research interests range from asymmetric organic synthesis to the development of scientific computer software.


Vice Presidents and Directors


Dr. Manuel Pérez Pacheco is Senior VP – BD and Product Strategy. He holds a Chemistry Degree by the University of Salamanca, where he also carried out his Graduate Project, at the Department of Organic chemistry, in Cyclopropane Synthesis, between 1999-2000.He achieved his PhD with Prof. R.J.Abraham (Proton NMR prediction of Amides and Peptides) at University of Liverpool, between 2000-2004. He held a position as Senior NMR spectroscopist at Pfizer between 2004-2011, supporting the entire of the Discovery synthetic and medicinal chemistry based at Sandwich (Kent), which consisted of more than 180 chemists, as well as providing advanced solutions to design teams of different Medicinal Chemistry areas and other partners lines such as computational chemistry and the pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics teams.
During his career he has a tracked record as a multidisciplinary scientists, having worked in diverse areas such as synthetic chemistry, physical organic chemistry, open-access support, computational chemistry, PK/PD and medicinal chemistry. He has published in all of these fields and is inventor in three patents in the pain therapeutic area. Receiver of multiple performance awards in Pfizer and runner up for the Medicinal chemists award of the year in Pfizer in 2009 for his studies in the characterisation and engineering of intra-molecular hydrogen bonds.
Some of his interests are: FBDD by NMR, study of non-covalent interactions in organic compounds, computational chemistry, automatic analysis approaches, chemoinformatics, software enabled automation, organic compound structure elucidation, natural products, project management, NMR prediction approaches, metabolomics and mass spectroscopy.


Michael Bernstein

Dr. Michael Bernstein is Vicepresident of Research and Development in Mestrelab since May 2011 and the editor of our publication. He received his Ph. D. in Physical Biochemistry at the Department of Chemistry of the University of British Columbia, for his work on ‘Chemical and Spectroscopic Studies of Complex Organic Molecules’, supervised by Prof. Laurie Hall. He has over 30 years of experience in solution-state NMR in Pharmaceutical Research, wirking for Merck Frosst Canada, Montreal QC, and then at AstraZeneca R&D Charnwood, Loughborough, UK, where he was responsible for NMR requirements at the site (over 150 chemists.
Based in the UK, he maintains his interests in NMR outreach by continuing to serve on the Royal Society of Chemistry NMRDG.
Michael has many NMR interests in high-resolution NMR. He currently has a particular focus on Reaction Monitoring, Automated Structure Verification, and in situ impurity identification.



Chen Peng

Dr. Chen Peng is Vicepresident of Business Development for US and China since he joined MESTRELAB RESEARCH in May 2008. He was born in China in 1967, and got his B.Sc. in Organometallic Chemistry from Wuhan University in 1987. He obtained his PhD from the Shanghai Institute of Organic Chemistry with a thesis work on computer-assisted structure elucidation for organic compounds and natural products using 1D and 2D NMR data. Between 2004 to 2006, he did post-doctoral research work in Prof Geoffrey Bodenhausen’s group in the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory in 1994-1996. Between 1996 to 1998, he worked as the main developer of NMR-SAMS, the first commercial software product for structure elucidation, in Spectrum Research. From 1998 to 2005, he worked as a senior software product developer for Felix in Molecular Simulation Inc (Accelrys). From 2005 to 2008, he worked as a senior software developer and product manager for NMR related tools in the KnowItAll software package of Bio-Rad Informatics.

Scientifc Advisory Board


Istvan Pelczer PictureDr. Istvan Pelczer is a native of Hungary, where he received his education and degrees, and started working on NMR spectroscopy projects. After several years spent at research institutions, mostly in the field of drug research, he moved to Syracuse, NY, in the US in 1989, by the invitation of Prof. George Levy. After about seven years he transferred to the Department of Chemistry, Princeton University, where he has been working since, as Sr. NMR Spectroscopist.
He has visited several laboratories, including those of Jeremy Sanders, Cambridge, U.K., Ad Bax at NIH, Heinz Ruterjans, Frankfurt, Germany, and Alberto Spisni, Parma, Italy. His activity covers diverse applications of NMR spectroscopy, from structure and dynamics of biomolecules, ligand binding and ligand screening, through technical issues of multidimensional NMR and data processing, as well as methodology and applications of metabolic analysis.


Stan Picture


Dr. Stan Sykor (Extra Byte) Physicist (Dr.Ing.) and physical chemist (Ph.D.) and expert in spectroscopy (NMR, IR, Raman). Dr. Sykora is a world-wide recognized expert in simulation and manipulation of spectrometry and molecular data; with publications about this since 1967. Currently he is developing new systems of quantum simulation in NMR data; and advanced digital data processing of noisy data in Spectroscopy.



Sales and Customer Support

Our Sales and Customer Support team is aimed to deliver excellence and value to our customers. How? Offering them the best solution we have and solving their cases and doubts in less than 24 hours

Cristina Geada’s focus at Mestrelab is the delivery of excellent service and value to customers since she joined MESTRELAB RESEARCH in May 2005. She was born in London to Galician parents. She received her BA in French & Hispanic Studies from King’s College London in 2000. She began her career in an international customer service/sales role with a New York based company in London. She moved to Spain in 2003 to work for a Spanish transport agency, responsible for setting up new accounts with European suppliers and carriers, and negotiating regular terrestrial routes.

Pablo Monje


Pablo Monje is our Applications Chemist since February 2007. He was born in Oviedo (Spain) in 1978. He received his B.S. in Organic Chemistry in 2001 at the University of Santiago de Compostela where he joined Javier Sardina’s research group to work in the field of Stability of the Organolithium Compounds and Asymmetric Organic Synthesis. From 2002 to 2006 he was a grant holder of the Spanish Ministry of Education and Culture (FPU). In 2004 he worked in Trauner’s group at the University of California, Berkeley and he returned to Spain to obtain his Ph.D. degree in the last year of the research fellowship.




Olalla Lema joined Mestrelab Research in November 2011. She was born in A Coruña (Spain) in 1984. Olalla holds a Political Science Degree by University of Santiago de Compostela. From 2008 to 2009 she obtained a Master in International Right and Humanitarian Aid by Carlos III University  in Madrid and held trainee at NGO. From 2009 to 2011 she was Lead Buyer in Energy Industry, working for several factories based all over the world.




Our developers team is managed by Carlos, Santi and Nikolay Larin.