This group performs cutting-edge research in nutrigenomics in order to identify phytochemicals preferably associated with Mexican native plants and foods that have the potential to prevent and treat cancer and chronic degenerative diseases. Important efforts are implemented to extract, identify and isolate phytochemicals, perform in-vitro tests with human and mammalian cells as well as animal tests in laboratory. Additionally, bioprocesses will be developed to obtain tablets, pills and products with nutraceutical and / or pharmacist degrees.

The mechanisms by which phytochemicals prevent or treat chronic-degenerative diseases (diabetes, inflammation, cholesterol and cancer) will be studied by nutrigenomics techniques.

The development of vegetable proteins for food applications, aimed to replace expensive animal proteins, is another important research task of our group. Novel raw materials are being identified, structural modifications of macromolecules are made, novel processes to improve efficiency and functionality of the extraction will be developed as well as the application of proteins in the development of food (dairy, cereals, beverages and other). Biotech also studies the minimization of post-harvest loss of grains and especially molecular markers that increase the nutraceutical capacity of cereals and other grains. This line also studies the processing of the nutraceutical capacity of grain-based foods.

This group will also focus on the creation of a laboratory which processes and does research on the generation of tablets and pills that can be used in clinical studies. This group will do research in the area of genomics.

Research lines

• Nutrigenomics
• Development of plant proteins
• Identification of molecular markers in cereals and grains
• Generation of tablets and pills for clinical studies


Sergio Román Othón Serna Saldívar

Core researchers

Carmen Téllez Pérez
Cristina Elizabeth Chuck Hernández
Daniel Guajardo Flores
Esther Pérez Carrillo
Janet Alejandra Gutiérrez Uribe
María Anaberta Cardador Martínez
María del Refugio Rocha Pizaña
Sandra Teresita Martín del Campo Barba
Silverio García Lara
Yolanda Arlette Santacruz

Adjunct researchers

Daniel Guajardo Flores
Julián de la Rosa Millán
María Cristina Molina Rosell (Institute of Agrochemistry and Food Technology)
Marilena Antunes Ricardo
Yolanda Sanz Herranz (Institute of Agrochemistry and Food Technology)

Distinguished researcher

José Javier Benedito Fort (Universitat Politècnica de València)


Postdoctoral researchers

Diana Sanchez Hernández
Erick Heredia Olea
Laura Margarita López
Nydia Estrellita Buitimea Cantua


Doctoral students

Alberto Castañeda Yáñez
Ana María Leal Díaz
Ángel Iván Hernández Aguirre
Beatriz Andrea Acosta Estrada
Blanca Isabel Maldonado Guevara
César Armando Puente Garza
César Rodríguez Rodríguez
Cintya Geovanna Soria Hernández
Diana Sampogna Mireles
Elier Vélez Jiménez
Enrique Cortés Ceballos
Fabiola Elizabeth Ayala Soto
Johanan Espinosa Ramírez
Jorge Alberto Carrasco González
Leticia Hernández Galán
Lidia López Barrios
Liliana Santos Zea
Luis Miguel Figueroa Galván
Marco Antonio Lazo Vélez
Margarita Ortiz Martínez
Priscila Desireé Santiago Mora
Rebeca García Varela
Rubén Zárraga Alcántar
Víctor Olvera García

Authors Title Publication
César Rodríguez-Rodríguez, Nimbe Torres, Janet A. Gutiérrez-Uribe, Lilia G. Noriega, Iván Torre-Villalvazo, Ana M. Leal-Díaz, Marilena Antunes-Ricardo, Claudia Márquez-Mota, Guillermo Ordaz, Rocío A. Chavez-Santoscoy, Sergio O. Serna-Saldivar, Armando R. Tovar The effect of isorhamnetin glycosides extracted from Opuntia ficus-indica in a mouse model of diet induced obesity. Food and Function, 2015, DOI: 10.1039/C4FO01092B
Cristina Chuck-Hernandez, Esther Perez-Carrillo, Cinthya Soria-Hernández, Sergio O. Serna-Saldivar Functionality and organoleptic properties of maize tortillas enriched with five different soybean proteins. Cereal Chemistry, 2015,
Fernando F. Castro-Álvarez, Manilal William, David J. Bergvinson, Silverio García-Lara. Genetic mapping of QTL for maize weevil resistance in a RIL population of tropical maize. Theoretical and Applied Genetics, 2015, 128: 411-419
Víctor Olvera-Garcia, Anaberta Cardador-Martínez, Sandra Teresita Martín del Campo. Effect of thermal process and filtration on the antioxidant activity and physicochemical parameters of Agave atrovirens extracts. Journal of Food Research, 2014, 4 (1), p155