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Nutriomics and Emerging Technologies

About the Group

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

Aurora Valdez Fragoso
Cristina Elizabeth Chuck Hernández
Erick Heredia Olea
Esther Pérez Carrillo
Janet Alejandra Gutiérrez Uribe
Jorge Santos Welti Chanes
Juan Ignacio Valiente Banuet
Julián de la Rosa Millán
María del Refugio Rocha Pizaña
Marilena Antunes Ricardo
Sandra Teresita Martín del Campo Barba
Silverio García Lara
Zamantha Judith Escobedo Avellaneda

Adjunct researchers

Abraham Palacios Romero
Arturo Castro Rocha
Ashutosh Sharma
Aurea Karina Ramírez Jiménez
Beatriz Andrea Acosta Estrada
Beatriz Garcia Castro
Carmen Téllez Pérez
Celeste Concepción Ibarra Herrera
César Armando Puente Garza
Claudia Aurora Espinosa Leal
Daniela Guardado Félix
Fabiola Elizabeth Ayala Soto
Grisel Fierros Romero
Johanan Del Pino Espinosa Ramírez
José Javier Benedito Fort
Laura Margarita López Castillo
Liliana Santos Zea
Luis Eduardo García Amézquita
Ma. Anaberta Cardador Martínez
María Cristina Molina Rosell
Mariel Calderón Oliver
Maritza Alonzo Macías
Miguel Angel Ontiveros Torres
Nydia Estrellita Buitimea Cantúa
Sara Luisa Rodríguez De Luna
Sarahí Rodríguez González
Tomás García Cayuela


Top 5 of publications 2015-2019

- Graphene and graphene oxide: Functionalization and nano-bio-catalytic system for enzyme immobilization and biotechnological perspective
Authors: Adeel, M., Bilal, M., Rasheed, T., Sharma, A., & Iqbal, H.

- Topical anti-inflammatory effects of isorhamnetin glycosides isolated from opuntia ficus-indica
Authors: Antunes-Ricardo, M., Gutiérrez-Uribe, J., Martínez-Vitela, C., & Serna-Saldívar, S.

- Effect of High Hydrostatic Pressure on the Content of Phytochemical Compounds and Antioxidant Activity of Prickly Pears (Opuntia ficus-indica) Beverages
Authors: Jiménez-Aguilar, D., Escobedo-Avellaneda, Z., Martín-Belloso, O., Gutiérrez-Uribe, J., Valdez-Fragoso, A., García-García, R., Torres, J., & Welti-Chanes, J.

- Changes in antioxidant and antiinflammatory activity of black bean (Phaseolus vulgaris L.) protein isolates due to germination and enzymatic digestion
Authors: López-Barrios, L., Antunes-Ricardo, M., & Gutiérrez-Uribe, J.

- Microbial degradation of indole and its derivatives
Authors: Arora, P., Sharma, A., & Bae, H.