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Mariana Morales de la Peña - Faculty

Mariana Morales de la Peña, Professor Researcher

Mariana Morales de la Peña

Professor Researcher

Campus Querétaro, School of Engineering and Sciences, Tecnológico de Monterrey.


Biotechnology and food analysis
Design and development of products
Nutraceutical compounds
Food preservation
Emerging technologies for food preservation
Minimal food processing
Functional foods and beverages



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Mariana Morales de la Peña has a Ph.D. in Food Science and Technology from the University of Lleida, in Spain. As part of Tecnológico de Monterrey, she is currently the regional coordinator of the Biotechnology graduate program. In addition, she is a full-time research professor at the institution, creating collaborations and managing several food research and development projects with various companies such as Alpura, with whom she completed a research project within the Alpura Chair.

During her postdoc at the Tecnológico de Monterrey, she collaborated on a project that sought the development of functional foods and nutraceutical products through the application of emerging technologies.

Professor Mariana Morales has extensive experience in the area of ​​product development. Among her work, stands out the collaboration with companies such as Mead Johnson Nutritions®, in Mexico City, in the elaboration of products for the nutrition of babies and children like developing new milk formulas for infants. In previous years, she collaborated in the design of a tuna production plant and in the development of derived products such as juice, jam, and minimally processed tunas for the company Integral Solutions for the Food Industry S.A.C.V. in Puebla, Mexico.

She has co-written articles for renowned scientific journals such as Food Engineering Reviews, Journal of Food and Bioprocess Technology, and Journal of Food Control, among others.

In addition, she has participated in important scientific conferences such as the 33rd EFFoST International Conference, Sustainable Food Systems - Performing by Connecting, which took place in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, organized by the European Federation of Food Science and Technology.

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Teaching Activities

  • Food science
  • Fundamentals of food processing
  • Development of food and bioproducts
  • Food plant design
  • Food safety
  • Healthy food design
  • Emerging process engineering
  • Research methods and innovation

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Education and Training

Ph.D. in Food Science and Technology, University of Lleida, Spain

Master's Degree in Research in Agrifood Production Systems, University of Lleida, Spain

Bachelor in Food Engineering, Universidad de las Américas Puebla (UDLA-P), Puebla, Mexico

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  • Maldonado Rosas, Rubén & Tejada-Ortigoza, Viridiana & Cuan-Urquizo, Enrique & Mendoza-Cachú, David & Morales-de la Peña, Mariana & Alvarado Orozco, Juan & Campanella, Osvaldo. (2022). Evaluation of rheology and printability of 3D printing nutritious food with complex formulations. Additive Manufacturing. 58. 103030. 10.1016/j.addma.2022.103030.
  • Rios-Corripio, Gabriela & Morales-de la Peña, Mariana & Welti-Chanes, Jorge & Guerrero-Beltrán, Joséángel. (2022). Pulsed electric field processing of a pomegranate (Punica granatum L.) fermented beverage. Innovative Food Science & Emerging Technologies. 79. 103045. 10.1016/j.ifset.2022.103045.
  • Morales-de la Peña, M., Rábago-Panduro, M., Soliva-Fortuny, R., Martín-Belloso, O. and Welti-Chanes, J. (2021). Pulsed electric fields technology for healthy food products. Food Engineering Reviews, 1 – 15.
  • Rábago-Panduro, M., Martín-Belloso, O. and Welti-Chanes, J. and Morales-de la Peña, M. (2020). Changes in Bioactive compounds content and antioxidant capacity of pecan nuts (Cayra illinoinensis (Wangenh. K. Koch)) during storage. Revista Mexicana de Ingeniería Química, 19 (3), 1439 - 1452

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Awards and Honors

Member of the Circle of Distinguished Professors awarded by the Tecnológico de Monterrey

Member of the National System of Researchers (SNI), Level I, granted by the Consejo Nacional de Ciencia y Tecnología (CONACYT), Mexico