Líder del grupo
Dr. Roberto Parra.
Profesor Investigador S.N.I I, Miembro de la Academia Mexicana de
Ciencias y líder de la Cátedra de Bioprocesos ambientales. Ha publicado más de
en revistas científicas de arbitraje estricto,
9 patentes y 3 capítulos de libros,
550 citas. Experto en Agua, Energía y Alimentos
food and high
Nutraceutics and fuctional food
• Process development for agricultural waste.
• Biocompounds production.
• Development of enzymes for industrial processes.
Biotechnology in microorganisms
• Isolation of microorganisms
• Genetic codification.
• Genetic recombination.
• Development of extraction processes.
• Secondary metabolites extraction.
• Pigment and antioxidant extraction.
Bioenergy and wastewater treatment
• Biodiesel, bioethanol and biogas generation.
• Anaerobic digestion and N and P removal for wastewater treatment.
• Bioreactor Engineering.
Optimization of process conditions by microencapsulation and
Search for more appropriate and natural polymers (mesquite
gum, gum arabic, chitosan and banana starch).
Isolation and purification of metabolites of high economic value for their
use in the production of functional foods and nutraceuticals
Biorefinery and Biocatalysis
Revaluation of agro-industrial waste.
Obtaining bioactive ingredients for functional
foods and nutraceuticals.
Microbial production of enzymes
6 PhD candidates
6 MSc candidates
8 Exchange students
8 Social Service
A) Genetic charachterization of new isoenzymes of lacasse from
Pycnoporus sanguineus for water and soil bioremediation
(FINNOVA) No. 192118
$ 1 M
B) Bioethanol and biomass production from remaining product
$ 4 M
System and process development for supercritical
extraction of microalgae based added value metabolites
Biomex S.A. de C.V.
$ 12.7 M
Advanced electrocoagulation as an innovative process for
vinazes pretreatment from tequila industry in pilot scale
“Development and design of systems and
processes of algae “ CONACyT 209590
Anaerobic reactor design
Biogas production from vinasses wastes (Tequila industry)
process for pre-treatment of vinasses at pilot level”
Technological Development 2015
E) Development of technology for saving resources: pericarp
recovery for use in the production process cornmeal enriched
$ 11 M
C) Development of systems and process technology for obtaining
and supercritical extraction of secondary metabolites with high
Collaborative projects 2015
Red Temática BIOCATEM
Biocatalisis para las industrias Alimentaria, Técnica y Médica
British Council - CONACYT
Bilateral participation in the development of biotechnology on the
environment, agriculture and food sciences.
Bioenergy and Wastewater Tretament
The Bioenergy and Wastewater Treatment research line seeks to
integrate different disciplines to develop solutions in the
energy-water nexus. The main areas to tackle are: biogas,
biodiesel and biojet fuel production, Nitrogen and Phosphorus
removal and use from industrial wastewater, wastewater
Gibrán Sidney Alemán Nava, PhD
Gibran Aleman has a PhD Engineering in Environmental Systems with a BSc in Biochemistry Engineering. Currently he is Leader of Bioenergy and Wastewater Treatment area in Chair of Environmental Bioprocesses. He has experience in microalgae biomass and lipid productivity optimization. His research has been focus on the optimization of operation conditions of medium scale photobioreactors. Moreover, he also develops projects related to anaerobic treatment for biogas production. He has been awarded with the Genera Monterrey, Hacerlo Mejor 2011 and DOW Sustainability Innovation Student Challenge awards, and is coauthor of two pending patent.
System and process development for supercritical extraction of microalgae based added value metabolites CONACYT-PROINNOVA: 195966. Tecnología Ambiental Biomex S.A. de C.V.
Advanced electrocoagulation as an innovative process for vinasse pretreatment from tequila industry in pilot scale (3rd stage) CONACYTPROINNOVA 209590 -SELFTEC S.A. de C.V.
Dielectrophoresis system for biomass separation based on its lipid content. Environmental, social an economic impact of industry.
Biosensor development for endocrine disruptor compounds in wastewater. Design and construction of bioreactor for microorganisms cultivations (fungi,
Microalgae Bioprocesses and Nanobiotechnology
Area of research focused on the study of nanobiotechnology for
application in environmental and food bioprocesses. Microalgae
culture with food applications and extraction of high value
metabolites. Microalgae cultivation for carbon dioxide capture
and wastewater treatment.
M.Sc. Sara P. Cuellar-Bermudez
Chemical Engineer with experience on algal cultures in photobioreactors as well in lipid extraction and pigments. She has participated in research visits to KU Leuven in Belgium and Arizona State University (USA). Her research has focus in food waste re-utilization by microalgae as well as lipid production for biodiesel from cyanobacteria. Currently she leads a co-industry funded project related with supercritical extraction of metabolites in different feedstock and the “Photobiological CO2 Capture and Fuel Production for the Cement Industry” in collaboration with UCLA.
Microalgae proteins nanoencapsulation
Capture and Fuel Production for the Cement Industry
Supercritical extraction of high value metabolites
Enzymatic lysis of microalgae cells
Utilization of food wastes for microalgae culture
Pigments extraction from microalgae
Biorefinery and Biocatalysis
Dra. Magdalena Rostro Alanis
Development of technology for saving resources: recovery pericarp for use
in the preparation of nixtamalized corn flour, CONACYT-2015 PEI.
Revaluation of waste wheat industry. MUNSA.
Obtaining prebiotic from agro-industrial waste. SELFTEC.
Enzymatic production of laccases. CHEVRON
Obtaining and stabilization of functional compounds from Pitaya.
Production of enzymes from fungi.
Getting bioethanol from agro-industrial waste by microorganisms.
Pharmaceutical Chemistry Biologist specializing in the environmental area, she is graduated from the Facultad de Ciencias Químicas of the Universidad Autonoma de Nuevo León.
Has a Master of Science in Industrial Microbiology. In July 2014, she obtained his degree of Doctor of Science in Pharmacy with thesis project: "Obtaining and characterization of arabinoxylan-oligosaccharides from nixtamalized corn pericarp and determination of prebiotic activity and antioxidant activity."
In 2012 she performed a research stay at the University of Vigo in "Biotechnological processes and technologies for determining biological activity".
Has extensive experience in the area of utilization of agro-industrial waste to obtain value-added compounds.
Research Area focused on the treatment of vegetal and
compounds, microbial enzymes and nutraceutical ingredients.
Analysis of the biological activities of the compounds as
antioxidants, prebiotics, antimicrobials, etc.
Functional foods and nutraceuticals.
Research Area focused on the isolation,
characterization, identification and quantification
of compounds and nutraceutical ingredients from
plant and microbial biomass.
Dr. José Rodríguez Rodríguez
Doctor in Biological Sciences with emphasis on food and Master in Chemistry with specialization in Analytical Chemistry. Experience in the Food Industry for Gruma, SA de C. V, in the area of Analytical Chemistry for ATLATEC and education field in the ITESM since 1996. Domain processes optimization and validation of methodologies and quality systems analytical laboratories. Currently working as co-counsel in the UANL and ITESM in research projects in the area of Food and Chemistry of natural products on issues such as extraction, identification, quantification and stabilization of bioactive compounds from agroindustrial products. Collaborates transversely with other lines of investigation in the area of Analytical Chemistry. Has 8 publications and 9 participations in national and international conferences.