News: The Bioengineering Institute at the Forefront of Technology: Prominent Participation in BIEMH 2024

The Bioengineering Institute was present at the Bilbao Exhibition Center in early June, participating in the largest international gathering in the technological and knowledge sectors that sets paradigms for the future of the industry. The Spanish Biennial of Machine-Tool (BIEMH), renowned for its advancements in advanced manufacturing, robotics, digitalization, and additive manufacturing, drew over 38,000 attendees during its five-day duration.

Among them were representatives of the Institute of Bioengineering, who explored the latest innovations and trends in these key areas. In addition to the main exhibition, BIEMH hosted various parallel events such as BIEM Talks, focusing on cutting-edge discussions, Addit 3D for additive manufacturing technologies, BeDigital centered on digital transformation, and Workin addressing future aspects of industry work.

The attendance of the institute's Innovation Agent at this event in Barakaldo not only strengthened the network of potential contacts and collaborations but also provided a valuable opportunity to stay abreast of the latest developments in bioengineering and technology applied to health.

News: The Bioengineering Institute Participation in “Alicante Conexión Salud” Event

The Bioengineering Institute stood out at the “Alicante Conexión Salud” event. The Third Provincial Innovation Forum focused on Open Innovation in Health, featuring prominent members of the institute
such as Nicolás García, José Ignacio Moreno, Ana Peiró, and Eduardo Fernández.

Recently, IB representatives participated in "Alicante Conexión Salud” an annual meeting aimed at exploring synergies, fostering alliances, and generating new collaboration opportunities among
healthcare professionals and the biotechnological sector, both in business and research.

This event seeks to provide innovative responses to unmet needs in the healthcare sector and aims to engage citizens as potential beneficiaries and patients of the system. The initiative is promoted by the
Department of Health of the General University Hospital of Elche and the Fisabio Foundation, funded by the Valencian Agency of Innovation (AVI) and European funds under project number INNACC/2022/19.

Seminar “Protecting Innovation. Intellectual Property Protection Principles”

  • Seminar
  • Dr. Harm Deckers
  • Organized by: UMH
  • April 26, 2024, 3:00 pm
  • Classroom 1.7 of the Altabix-UMH building

Dr. Harm Deckers will give the seminar “Protecting Innovation. Intellectual Property Protection Principles” on April 26th at UMH. This seminar is part of the Master in Biotechnology and Bioengineering of the UMH and will take place in the classroom 1.7 of the Altabix building, at 15h. Dr. Deckers is the President and CEO of HMD Consulting, a firm that provides intellectual property advice and related legal services to technology-focused companies.

Harm Deckers has over 25 years of experience managing intellectual property assets and liabilities in corporate environments. In 1996, Dr. Deckers began his career with a Calgary-based biotechnology company, founding and developing the company’s patent portfolio, which comprised pioneering patents in the agricultural biotechnology space. Subsequently, as a senior executive, he led the leveraging of the corporation’s intellectual property assets to raise over $80 million, achieve a public listing on the Toronto Stock Exchange, as well as raising $10 million in revenue through a series of licensing agreements. Upon leaving the business, Harm Deckers held the position of Vice President of Legal Affairs. In 2012, he established HMD Consulting. Through his firm, Harm Deckers is successfully serving the intellectual property needs of numerous clients in Canada, the United States and Europe.

Seminar “PLANT-BASED FOODS, TRENDS AND CHALLENGES”.

  • Seminario
  • Dra. Natalia Aparicio
  • Organiza: UMH
  • 24 de abril 2024, 15:00 h
  • Aula 1.7 del edificio de AltabixUMH
  • Se podrá seguirse a través de Meet
The Miguel Hernández University organizes the seminar “PLANT-BASED FOODS, TRENDS AND CHALLENGES” given by Dr. Natalia Aparicio, from the technological center AINIA. The seminar will take place next Wednesday April 24 at 15h in the classroom 1.7 of Altabix and can also be followed via Meet. This activity is part of the Master’s Degree in Biotechnology and Bioengineering and can be attended by anyone interested.

The seminar will work on the development of vegetable products with improved nutritional profiles that do not compromise the safety, texture and flavor of the final product, using innovative products and ingredients for the food of the future. Dr. Aparicio will talk about new food substitutes for foods of animal origin, with the premise of Clean Label, helping to make these alternatives attractive and convenient for everyone.

Dr. Natalia Aparicio García has a PhD in Food Science from the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, a Master in Agricultural Chemistry and Novel Foods from the same university and a degree in Food Science and Technology. After 5 years of research experience at the ICTAN and CIAL institutes of CSIC, she has worked in areas such as the development of functional ingredients from plant-based foods, in the revaluation of by-products of the coffee industry, as well as in the evaluation of technological strategies for obtaining a healthy fermented oat drink suitable for celiacs. Since 2021 he has been working at AINIA in the Food Industries Line carrying out R&D projects of various kinds, both national and European. His line of work focuses on the development of ingredients and foods, at all points of the chain, from design to production, mainly in those of plant origin, focusing on the revaluation and added value by improving the nutritional, technological, sensory and bioactive profile from a sustainable perspective.

Seminar “Genome organization and chromosome dynamics during meiosis in wheat in the context of genetic improvement”.

  • Seminar
  • Dr. Pilar Prieto
  • Organized by: IB
  • April 19, 2024, 11:00 am
  • Auditorium of the Institute for Bioengineering Vinalopó building

Next 19/04/2024, at 11:00 h, a research conference entitled “Genome organization and chromosome dynamics during meiosis in wheat in the context of genetic improvement” will take place in the auditorium of the Institute of Bioengineering, located in the Vinalopó building of the Elche campus, within the program of seminars of the Master in Biotechnology and Bioengineering and the Doctoral Program in Bioengineering. The conference will be given by Dr. Pilar Prieto (CSIC Senior Scientist) from the Institute of Sustainable Agriculture-CSIC, and is organized by Prof. Sara Jover Gil, researcher at the Institute of Bioengineering of the UMH.

Brief description of the talk

“Wheat is one of the most important crops worldwide, but it faces numerous challenges due to the effects of global warming. The main objective of our research line is to contribute to the scientific knowledge of the genome of this strategic crop for its improvement and adaptation to current and future environmental conditions. The development of methodologies and the study of key processes such as meiosis (cell division that generates gametes in organisms with sexual reproduction, which is greatly affected by temperature and ensures plant fertility), can contribute to the improvement of wheat resilience to the effects of global warming. We will delve into critical processes that occur at the onset of meiosis, such as the recognition and association of homologous or equivalent chromosomes, to facilitate chromosomal manipulation for genetic improvement. We will focus on the study of telomeres and subtelomeres, which occupy the distal regions of chromosomes and are directly involved in these processes.”

Other information of interest

Dr. Pilar Prieto graduated in Biological Sciences in 1999 with an extraordinary award. She started her fruitful research career at the University of Cordoba, where she obtained her PhD in Biological Sciences. She has been a “Ramón y Cajal” researcher, and since 2008 she is a CSIC Senior Scientist at the Institute of Sustainable Agriculture, of which she was Vice-Director between 2020 and 2022. Her lines of research range from the genetic improvement of wheat through the introgression of genes of agronomic interest from wild relatives, to the study of meiosis to facilitate interspecific recombination in cereals. His lines of research have received funding through various national and international projects, highlighting two European projects as PI, an ERC-Starting Grant from the European Research Council and an EMBO project from the European Molecular Biology Organisation (EMBO). These lines of work have resulted in almost 60 articles all included in the SCI (Q1) in journals of special relevance and several book chapters. She has been included since 2020 in the ranking of the most cited researchers worldwide by Stanford University. She teaches in two Masters of the University of Cordoba (“Master in Plant Production, Protection and Improvement” and “Master in Molecular, Cellular and Genetic Biotechnology”) and participates in the PhD Program “Biosciences and Agroalimentary Sciences” of the University of Cordoba. She belongs to the international committee “AcademiaNet: Profiles of Leading Women Scientists” of the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) since December 2011, the invitation/selection-only European Network of women of excellence in all scientific fields.

Seminar “Natural nutrients of plant origin and their role in protection against pesticide-induced toxicity”.

  • Seminar
  • Dr. Agata Jabłońska Trypuć
  • Organizers: IB
  • April 18, 2024, 12:00 h.
  • Assembly hall of the Institute of Bioengineering Vinalopó building.
Next 18/04/2024, at 12:00 h, a research conference entitled “Natural nutrients of plant origin and their role in protection against pesticide-induced toxicity” will take place in the auditorium of the Institute of Bioengineering, located in the Vinalopó building of the Elche campus, within the Seminar Program of the Master in Biotechnology and Bioengineering and the PhD Program in Bioengineering. The lecture will be given by Dr. Agata Jabłońska-Trypuć (Associate Professor) from Bialystok University of Technology (Białystok, Poland) and is organized by Prof. Javier Esteban, researcher at the Institute of Bioengineering of the UMH.

Brief description of the talk

The scientific literature describes a robust relationship between exposure to various types of pesticides and the development of chronic diseases, including cancer. The induction of oxidative stress is one of the mechanisms of pesticide toxicity that would be related to such adverse effects. However, many bioactive substances of plant origin have recently been recognized as chemopreventive substances due to their ability to neutralize free radicals generated by pesticides. Such phytochemical compounds must scavenge free radicals, as well as be easily absorbed and function at an adequate physiological level. Their main function is to maintain the redox balance and minimize cell damage caused by ROS, so they must be active in aqueous solutions and/or lipid environments. These properties are fulfilled in phenolic compounds and plant hormones selected for their antioxidant activity with which the negative effects of pesticides could be neutralized, at least in part.”

Other information of interest

Dr. Agata Jabłońska-Trypuć (Bialystok University of Technology, Faculty of Civil Engineering and Environmental Sciences, Department of Chemistry, Biology and Biotechnology, Poland) focuses her research in the field of Environmental and Biomedical Engineering and has published 46 papers. Dr. Agata Jabłońska-Trypuć She is a principal investigator of a research group funded by the Polish Ministry of Science and Higher Education with the aim of developing methods for toxicity testing of xenobiotics present in the environment in various biological models (W/WB-IIŚ/6/2022). He has also evaluated the estrogenic potential of various environmental pollutants for their endocrine disrupting properties (G/WB-IIŚ/2/2021). The main results of her publications are the characterization of the toxicological profile of selected herbicides analyzed using cancer cell lines, the description of molecular mechanisms of herbicide action at the cellular level, as well as the determination of their impact on carcinogenic potential and ecotoxicity in bacteria and fungi. Dr. Agata is a member of the Polish Federation of Biotechnology, the Polish Society of Cell Biology and the Scientific Council of the Research and Science Innovation Center in Lublin (Poland).

Seminar “Present and future of pyrethroid compounds”

  • Seminar
  • Dr. María Aránzazu Martínez Caballero
  • Organized by: IB
  • April 12, 2024, 11:30 am
  • Auditorium of the Institute of Bioengineering Vinalopó building

Next 12/04/2024, at 11:30 am, a research conference entitled “Present and future of pyrethroid compounds” will take place in the auditorium of the Institute of Bioengineering, located in the Vinalopó building of the Elche campus, within the program of seminars of the Master in Biotechnology and Bioengineering and the Doctoral Program in Bioengineering. The conference will be given by Dr. María Aránzazu Martínez Caballero (University Professor) of the Complutense University of Madrid, and is organized by Prof. Javier Esteban Mozo, researcher at the Institute of Bioengineering of the UMH.

Brief description of the talk

“Pyrethroids are synthetic derivatives, analogous to natural products called pyrethrins, which exhibit potent insecticidal activity, low mammalian toxicity and short persistence of their residues and are also photostable. The symptoms/signs of acute intoxication induced by pyrethroids in mammals has led to the classification of these insecticides into two classes whose chemical modifications have given rise to Type I or non-cyano pyrethroids causing T-syndrome (“tremor”) and Type II or alpha-cyano called -CS- syndrome (“choreoathetosis and salivation”). Pyrethroids are one of the most widely used insecticides, accounting for approximately 30% of the world market, and their use is increasing after the banning of other insecticides. They are of interest because of their potential presence as residues in the food chain and in the environment, as well as their implications for animal and public health. Chronic exposure to pyrethroids is linked to adverse health effects and their exposure to an increased risk of neurodegenerative diseases is now beginning to be questioned.”

Awards and recognitions

Prof. María Aránzazu Martínez Caballero, holds a PhD in Pharmacy from the Complutense University of Madrid (UCM) and is currently Professor of Toxicology since 2022 at the same university. She teaches in the Veterinary, Human Nutrition and Dietetics, Food Science and Technology and in the Double Degree of Pharmacy and Human Nutrition and Dietetics, as well as in the Masters of Human Nutrition and Applied Dietetics, Neurosciences and Food Industry of the UCM. She focuses her research in the field of Toxicology and Safety of Chemical and Biological Agents. He has supervised 12 doctoral theses and his scientific career includes more than 90 papers published in prestigious and high impact research journals. She has been a member of the Scientific Committee of the Spanish Agency for Consumer Affairs, Food Safety and Nutrition (AECOSAN) and Secretary General and Member of the Board of the Spanish Association of Toxicology (AETOX) and is a European Registered Toxicologist (ERT) since 2022. She is a member of the editorial boards of reputable journals such as Toxicology Mechanism and Methods, Toxicology Report and Frontiers in Veterinary Science (Section of Pharmacology and Toxicology).

She has participated in more than 25 Competitive Projects, being Principal Investigator in 2 of them. He leads the Research Group “Toxicology and Safety of Chemical and Biological Agents”, evaluated by the State Research Agency (AEI) in 2022 as “excellent”. The Research Group has collaborated with numerous International Research Groups and currently the Group is developing with the Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology, Huazhong Agriculture University, Wuhan (Hubei), China, a project on “The mechanism of PGC-1alpha in the neurotoxicity of T-2 toxin through the blood-brain barrier and the excavation of small molecule agonist”. The TOXIAQBI Group is also recognized as a Transversal Group of the Research Institute of the Hospital 12 de Octubre (i+12 Institute) since 2019.

SEMINAR “Declining Scientific Integrity in Current Materials Research: Perspectives and Ideas under the Tip of the Iceberg.”

  • Seminario
  • Dr. Johannes Gierschner
  • Organiza: IB
  • 22 de marzo 2024, 11:30 h
  • Salón de actos del Instituto de Bioingeniería edificio Vinalopó

Next 22/03/2024, at 11:30 am, a research conference entitled “Declining Scientific Integrity in Current Materials Research: Perspectives and Ideas under the Tip of the Iceberg” will take place in the auditorium of the Institute of Bioengineering, located in the Vinalopó building of the Elche campus, as part of the seminar program of the Master’s Degree in Biotechnology and Bioengineering and the PhD Program in Bioengineering. The conference will be given by Dr. Johannes Gierschner from the Madrid Institute for Advanced Studies (IMDEA Nanoscience-Madrid), and is organized by Prof. Fernando Fernández, Professor of Organic Chemistry and researcher at the Institute of Bioengineering of the UMH.

Brief description of the talk

In recent decades, awareness of ‘good scientific practice’ has grown in universities and research institutions, especially with the increase in cases of fraud and plagiarism, as well as conflicts of interest and authorship. Along with this, broader ethical questions have also been raised related to human genetics, animal welfare and data protection, breach of trust or funding, and diversity and gender issues. For these broader ethical concerns, commissions were established and ombudsmen appointed, while for scientific misconduct, protective guidelines are available. In any case, such rules generally focus on the most obvious violations (summarized under the term FFP: falsification, fabrication, plagiarism), while their increasing and systematic occurrence provides evidence of a much deeper and inherent crisis in scientific research and publication. For example, “CV embellishment” through “citation gaming” via “invited” and “hyper “excessive authorship, and “citation cartels”, etc. are raising deep concerns, questioning the concept of quantitative evaluation and threatening the business model of data providers.

The seminar is intended to shed light on these less obvious, but more fundamental, aspects of scientific misconduct, being the fertile soil in which the most apparent violations proliferate. Delving beyond the ‘tip of the iceberg’, we will argue that this soil is conditioned by social assumptions that, partly inadvertently, foster crisis through an ‘economization dictum’. This erodes the self-conception of science and its distinction from (particularly applied) research. We will show how this permeates not only the questionable practice of self-promotion and hyper-excitement of research, but also infiltrates the minds of researchers to corrode the basis of scientific thinking and work. To this end, we will discuss examples from current research in materials or chemistry to see how this causes more serious violations of scientific integrity. With this in mind, we will finally outline fundamental elements of good scientific practice as guidelines for daily work, addressing especially young researchers.”

Awards and recognitions

JG obtained his PhD in Physical Chemistry at the University of Tübingen (UT; 2000). After stays at UT (2000-04), University of Mons (Belgium 2004-07) and Georgia Institute of Technology (GeorgiaTech, USA, 2005), he joined IMDEA Nanoscience in 2008 as Senior Research Professor. In 2014, he qualified at UT and has been Assistant Professor (Privatdozent) since then.
His 150 papers (11000 citations, h = 53) are devoted to integrative spectroscopic and computational spectroscopic research on organic conjugated materials for optoelectronics and energy conversion. JG has presented his work in 100 talks at international conferences (40 invited) and 90 invited seminars at research institutes. He has coordinated several European and national projects. JG has held a visiting research position (regular) at the University of Valencia (UV; 2008-2010) and Ulsan National Institute of Science & Technology (UNIST, Ulsan, South Korea, 2016-2019), and as an assistant professor at Seoul National University (SNU; 2014/15) and Mons University (2014/15).

“Phillip N. Benfey” Plenary Conference

It is held within the framework of the first scientific meeting of the thematic network “Roots for the future (RED2022-134836-T)” funded by the State Research Agency.

Dr. Ana I. Caño-Delgado will be in charge of giving this conference, which will deal with the analysis of Arabidopsis roots to create crops more resistant to climate change. In this regard, this researcher of the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC) is director of the group “Brassinosteroid signaling in plant development and adaptation to climate change of the Center for Research in Agricultural Genomics (CRAG) in Barcelona.

Specifically, this group works to design crops capable of growing under drought conditions. These achievements are the result of two decades of studies on plant steroid hormones, brassinosteroids, in which she is a pioneer in the study of signaling mechanisms at the cellular level. Her team discovered that vascular brassinosteroid receptors confer drought resistance without penalizing growth.

In the current context of climate emergency, Dr. Caño-Delgado is translating her scientific results to crops to ensure food security.

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Seminar “Functional molecular systems by self-assembly”

  • Seminar
  • Dr. David González Rodríguez
  • Organized by: IB
  • March 8, 2024, 11:30 am
  • Auditorium of the Institute for Bioengineering Vinalopó building

Next 8/03/2024, at 11:30 am, will take place in the auditorium of the Institute of Bioengineering of the Miguel Hernández University of Elche, located in the Vinalopó building of the campus of Elche, a research conference entitled “Functional molecular systems by self-assembly” within the program of seminars of the Master of Biotechnology and Bioengineering and the PhD Program in Bioengineering. The lecture will be given by Dr. David González Rodríguez, Professor of Organic Chemistry at the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, and is organized by Prof. Ángela Sastre Santos, Professor of Organic Chemistry and researcher at the Institute of Bioengineering of the UMH.

Brief description of the talk

Focused on the fundamental study of non-covalent interactions and molecular self-assembly, Supramolecular Chemistry is an important research discipline that reaches its full potential when directed at solving relevant and complex problems in other fields. After all, interactions between molecules are ubiquitous in areas spanning Chemistry (catalysis, polymers, medicinal chemistry, etc.), Physics (solar cells and organic transistors), and Biology (biomedicine, biochemistry, …).
The objective of the research developed in the Nanostructured Molecular Materials and Systems research group is focused on improving or creating new functions in organic systems and materials through the rational arrangement of molecules at the nanoscale, making use of the tools of molecular self-assembly.
This lecture will focus, in particular, on:
1) The understanding and control of cooperative phenomena that give rise to multicomponent cyclic non-covalent assemblies based on Watson-Crick type hydrogen bonding interactions between nucleic bases.
2) The development of versatile and unconventional strategies towards supramolecular polymers with a tubular structure, endowed with customized pores compatible with molecular dimensions.
3) The generation, through dynamic covalent chemistry and chemical receptor-like properties, of new bisporphyrin “molecular boxes”.

 

 

Seminar “Different problems, different approaches: from mussel to dolphin”.

  • Seminar
  • Dr. Diego Romero García
  • Organized by: IB
  • February 16, 2024, 12:00 pm
  • Auditorium of the Institute for Bioengineering Vinalopó building

Next 16/02/2024, at 12:00 h, will take place in the auditorium of the Institute of Bioengineering, located in the Vinalopó building of the Elche campus, a research conference entitled “Diverse problems, diverse approaches: from the mussel to the dolphin” within the program of seminars of the Master in Biotechnology and Bioengineering and the PhD Program in Bioengineering. The lecture will be given by Dr. Diego Romero García (University Professor) from the University of Murcia, and is organized by Prof. Miguel Ángel Sogorb Sánchez, researcher at the Institute of Bioengineering of the UMH. Prof. Diego Romero García focuses his research in the field of toxicology, has published 60 papers and has an h-index of 19.

Brief description of the talk.

“In this talk we will consider different problems to be addressed, from the point of view of Toxicology, in different marine species. Each species or group of species has specific problems related to marine pollution, due to the place where they live, feeding or conservation status. Therefore, it is necessary to approach each study with a particular perspective, which allows to obtain the maximum of information to make an adequate management of these problems.”

 

Seminar “Function of the SWI/SNF chromatin remodeling complex in plants”.

  • Seminar
  • Dr. Javier Gallego Bartolomé
  • Organized by: IB
  • February 2, 2024, 12:00 pm
  • Auditorium of the Institute of Bioengineering Vinalopó building

0n 02/02/2024, at 12:00 h, will take place in the auditorium of the Institute of Bioengineering, located in the Vinalopó building of the campus of Elche, the research conference entitled “Function of the SWI/SNF chromatin remodeling complex in plants” within the program of seminars of the Master of Biotechnology and Bioengineering and the PhD Program in Bioengineering. The conference will be given by Dr. Javier Gallego Bartolomé (CSIC Senior Scientist), director of the Epigenetic Regulation of Gene Expression group of the Institute of Plant Molecular Biology (UPV/CSIC, Valencia), and is organized by Prof. José Manuel Pérez Pérez, Professor of Genetics and researcher at the Institute of Bioengineering of the UMH.

Understanding the function of a SWI/SNF chromatin remodeler in plants

Summary of the talk: Over millions of years, eukaryotes evolved from unicellular to multicellular organisms with increasingly complex genomes and sophisticated gene expression networks. Consequently, chromatin regulators evolved to support this increased complexity. The ATP-dependent chromatin remodelers of the SWI/SNF family are multiprotein complexes that modulate nucleosome positioning and appear under different configurations, performing distinct functions. A recent comprehensive phylogenetic analysis of the conservation of SWI/SNF subunits across eukaryotes allowed us to unravel an uncharacterized SWI/SNF complex in plants. The functional characterization of this remodeler by diverse genomics approaches indicates that it plays an important function in the control of nucleosome positioning and in the selection of the transcription initiation site over thousands of genes.

Javier Gallego-Bartolomé is an Agronomical Engineer who graduated from the Polytechnic University of Valencia. He pursued his doctoral studies in the laboratory of Miguel Blázquez and David Alabadí at the IBMCP in Valencia, where he developed a keen interest in the environmental regulation of gene expression. Subsequently, he relocated to California to conduct research in the Chory lab at the Salk Institute in San Diego and the Jacobsen lab at UCLA in Los Angeles, specializing in chromatin regulation and epigenome engineering. Since 2020, he has been leading a research team at the IBMCP in Valencia, initially as a Ramón y Cajal researcher and more recently as a CSIC researcher. His laboratory primarily focuses on the epigenetic regulation of gene expression, with a significant emphasis on chromatin remodeling. For more information visit: https://jagalbar.wixsite.com/gallego-bartolome.

 

 

Seminar “Formulation of fermented milks from goat milk with natural probiotics from human breast milk: interest in disease prevention in today’s society”.

  • Seminar
    Drs. Manuel Olalla Herrera and Rafael Jesús Giménez Martínez
    Organized by: IB
    January 19, 2024, 11:30 am
    IDiBE Von Humboldt Seminar Room, Torregaitán-UMH Building

On 19/01/2024, at 11:30 am, a research conference entitled “Formulation of fermented milks from goat milk with natural probiotics from human breast milk: interest in the prevention of diseases in today’s society” will be held in the auditorium of the Institute of Bioengineering, located in the Vinalopó building of the Elche campus, as part of the program of seminars of the Master of Biotechnology and Bioengineering and the Doctoral Program in Bioengineering. The conference will be given by Professors Rafael Jesús Giménez Martínez and Manuel Olalla Herrera, Professor and University Professor, respectively, from the Department of Nutrition and Bromatology, Faculty of Pharmacy of the University of Granada (UGR). Prof. Olalla is also the coordinator of the Official Master of the UGR “Advances in Food Quality and Technology”. This conference is organized by Prof. Elena García, researcher at the Institute of Bioengineering of the UMH.

Brief description of the talk

“In recent years, research on probiotic microorganisms and their benefits (intestinal ecology, bioactive compounds…) has been developed. Many of these microorganisms are found in breast milk and that this is the most natural way to feed the newborn, allowing normal growth and development, in addition to containing compounds with biological activity that are of interest in the prevention of diseases in the medium or long term.

The dairy industry has developed milk formulas capable of substituting or complementing breast milk, with goat’s milk gaining special interest over cow’s milk. This milk is more digestive and presents fewer problems of allergies and intolerances. It has also aroused nutritional interest due to the presence of bioactive peptides with immunomodulatory, anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial or hypocholesterolemic activity. The project evaluates the bioactive potential and bioavailability after digestion of the compounds present in human milk, taking this food as a reference standard to develop foods based on goat’s milk, which after fermentation with strains of microorganisms isolated from breast milk is analyzed for the presence of bioactive compounds and evaluated for its potential health benefits. The results of the project will enable the formulation of fermented milks and establishment of the corresponding nutritional labeling and relevant health claims in accordance with EFSA (European Food Safety Authority).”

 

Seminar “Lyophilization and its application in PCR diagnostic kits”.

  • Seminar
  • Dra. María Badal Tejedor
  • Organized by: IB
  • January 12, 2024, 11:30 am
  • IDiBE Von Humboldt Seminar Room, Torregaitán-UMH Building

Next January 12, at 11:30h, a research conference entitled “Lyophilization and its application in PCR diagnostic kits” will take place in the Von Humboldt seminar room of IDiBE, located in the Torregaitán building of the Elche campus, within the program of seminars of the Master in Biotechnology and Bioengineering and the PhD Program in Bioengineering. The conference will be given by Dr. María Badal Tejedor, from the company Cepheid, and is organized by Prof. Enrique Roche Collado.

Brief description of the talk

“In certain pathologies, early diagnosis and in-situ results are essential. In this case, PCR molecular diagnostic tests require a comprehensive and easy to use system where the necessary temperature conditions, reagents and sample converge, and the reading of the result is fast. This method and detection system requires reagents of a biological nature in their active and stable form. For this, the biological components must be in solid form to ensure their stability at the time of use. Therefore, the biological material initially present in an aqueous solution must be dried without being exposed to high temperatures that would cause its inactivation. For this purpose, the freeze-drying process in the form of beads is essential. In this process the components are solidified and the aqueous medium is removed at freezing temperature. The freeze-drying process is complex and expensive, and its optimization is based on a detailed analysis of the behavior of the components in solution at certain pressure and temperature conditions.”