Monthly Archives: October 2015


Heriberto Rafael Vidal Limón perfil

Heriberto Rafael Vidal Limón, graduated from Biology bachelor degree in Biology and Agronomic Sciences faculty, of Veracruz University, with honors. His MSc degree in plant biotechnology was obtained from CINVESTAV Irapuato in Fitochemistry laboratory, working how alkamides induce Arabidopsis thaliana roots responses, correlating compound structures with morphological effects.

He worked as a fulltime professor at IPN in campus  UPIIG, teaching lectures and laboratory practices in biotechnology and pharmaceutical engineerings.

since 2010 to present, he's doing his PhD in biotechnology at the University of Barcelona, School of Pharmacy , in Plant Physiology group with the aim to improve taxanes production, potent anti-cancer agents, using as plataform cell suspension cultures of genus Taxus, using and optimizing elicitation processes and molecular techniques.

During PhD studies, has published articles in high impact scientific journals and participated in several international conferences. He also collaborated on projects with national and international companies such as L' Oreal and Agusti Torellò. In addition, he teach laboratories practices at University of Barcelona to bachelor and Master level .


Eduardo Sandoval  perfil

Eduardo is developing a Model of Reciprocity in Human-Robot Interaction (HRI). Reciprocity (do something, receive something) is a main factor in human-human interaction. Reciprocity is a condition for other social phenomena as influence, altruism and fair trades. Following this example, it is possible to describe efficient interactions in HRI. The approach for this research is interdisciplinary and Game Theory is  the main set of tools to describe quantitatively this phenomenon. NEC New Zealand is the sponsor of this research and provide a Papero robot. Nao robots are used to develop the experiments as well.

Eduardo has a Master degree in Industrial Design by the UNAM (National Autonomous University of Mexico) and a Bachelor degree in Bionic Engineering by the IPN (National Polytechnic Institute of Mexico). He did an internship in the Laboratory of Intelligent Robotics headed by Professor Hiroshi Ishiguro in Osaka University.  He has 1 year of Industrial Design studies in the UAM (Metropolitan Autonomous University). He is one of the  founders of the HRI group in the Graduate Program of Industrial Design in  the UNAM. For this initiative he was awarded with the medal "Alfonso Caso" ; the highest honor given to a graduate student in the National Autonomous University of Mexico.

Eduardo worked in the Biomedical industry and he was part of  GRE; the first company that distributed Aldebaran robots in Latinamerica. Besides, he was a lecturer in the UNAM (Master in Industrial Design), IPN ( UPIBI, UPIITA and CECyT 9) and other institutions in Mexico.



Eva Carmina Serrano Balderas is a graduate of Chemistry from the Faculty of Chemistry at UNAM (2008). In 2012, she received a M.Sc. degree in Engineering and Environmental Sciences from the University of Strasbourg (France). In 2013 she received a second M.Sc. Degree in Informatics from the University of Lyon (France). Currently she is preparing a PhD in Eco-informatics at the French Institute of Research for Development (IRD) in France.

On her PhD project she focused on data processing and statistical analysis of environmental data. In her PhD project she seeks to define the data pre-processing chain in order to obtain data of good quality and thus, to guarantee reliability in the assessment of environmental studies. The result of her advances are applied directly to the assessment of the impact of emerging pollutants in Mexican rivers.

Her scientific interest are focused on the development of tools on Information Sciences, Environmental Chemistry, Hydrobiology and Statistics for the evaluation and prediction of environmental pollution.  Her interest cover Data and Information quality, Data integration, Environmental Chemistry, Analytical Chemistry and Hydrobiology.

She has been a research intern at the Institute of Geophysics at UNAM, at the School and Observatory of Earth Sciences (EOST) in Strasbourg, at the National School for Water Engineering and the Environment of Strasbourg (ENGEES) at Strasbourg, at the European Center of Research and Teaching in Geosciences and Environment (CEREGE



Ernesto Efrén Velázquez Romo started his university studies pursuing a degree in Engineering Physics at the Instituto Tecnologico de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey (ITESM) in Monterrey, Mexico. During his last two years of studies, he participated in a double degree program with the EPF - School of Engineering in Sceaux, France, where he obtained a diploma in Industrial Engineering with a specialization in Energy and Environment. Later on, he studied a Master's degree in Sustainable Energy Engineering at the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH) in Stockholm, Sweden, with a specialization in solar energy at the Dalarna University in Falun, Sweden.

In September 2015 he obtained his doctorate on the energy design of buildings at Arts et Métiers ParisTech (ENSAM) in Bordeaux, France. Since September 2014 he works as a professor and researcher at the same institution. He specializes in sustainable design, life cycle analysis, electricity generation systems, renewable energy sources and thermal modeling of buildings. He has presented his work at numerous conferences and symposia, such as the II Symposium of current and past scholarship holders of the Mexican National Council of Science and Technology (CONACYT) European Edition 2012 in Strasbourg, France, the French Congress of Mechanics 2013 in Bordeaux, France, and Central Europe towards Sustainable Building Conference 2013 in Prague, Czech Republic. During his PhD, he directed three research projects with Bachelor-level students in the areas of visual and acoustic comfort in buildings and in the design of dou



Itzel Montserrat Lara Mayorga graduated from the Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana as Industrial Biochemistry Engineer with the highest average of his generation and received the university medal of merit. She continued her academic studies in the same university studying a Specialty in Biotechnology and she graduated with the thesis "Isolation and identification of vinyl acetate consuming bacteria", obtaining the university medal of merit for the specialty in the O-2007 trimester.

She has a Master in Science with specialty in Biotechnology from the Instituto Tecnologico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey. During her master, she participated in the development of drugs for the pharmaceutical industry and the development of a recombinant vaccine against the influenza virus H1N1 during the pandemic of 2009, graduating in the same year with the thesis: Cultivation techniques of influenza virus H1N1/2009 in MDCK cells.

Her international experience began in 2010 when she was awarded with a scholarship by Fudacion Carolina for studying an Official Master in Pharmaceutical and Biotechnology Industry at the Universitat Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona Spain. University where currently she continues her PhD studies participating in a European project related with neuropathic pain.

During her research work she has published several articles and co-authored a patent. She has multiple participations in national and international meetings. Also she has worked in the pharmaceutical industry in Novartis, Barc



Agronomist Fitotecnista Engineer (1976-1980) Master in Plant Breeding (1983-1985), Antonio Narro Agrarian Autonomous University, Saltilllo, Coah., Professionals Bonds No. 2783192 and 2783191, and Ph.D. in Genetics (1994- 1997), Posgraduate School, México. Researcher and teacher from 1985 to date. Courses offered in Preparatory,   Bachelors,   Masters   and   PhD.   Training Course agricultural producers on issues of use and sustainable management of arid plants: Protein enrichment  of  cactus,  oregano  oil,  mesquite  gum.

Technical Manager of research projects supported by CONACyT - Durango, and the Autonomous University of Chapingo (UACh), Author of two textbooks, chapters of different books, dozens of articles in national and international journals and two patents register at the Institute Mexican Industrial Property (IMPI). Member of the National Research System (SNI) since 2002. State Award "Science, Technology and Innovation  Durango  2012"  in  the  Area:  Environment  and  Natural  Resources, granted by CONACyT -Durango (COCyTED).



Nicolas Morales Vega obtained the title as Industrial Chemical Engineer at Escuela Superior  de  Ingeniería  Química e  Industrias  Extractivas  (ESIQIE)  from  Instituto  Politécnico Nacional (IPN). Afterwards, he was awarded a master degree in Chemical Engineering by Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana (UAM). Today he is part of the Chemical Engineering group as a PhD student at Imperial College London, UK.

His current research project includes the development of porous multicomponent basic nanocatalysts using commercially available materials as a starting point with the principal objective of their application on synthesis catalytic reactions.

His interest has focused on the study of heterogeneous catalytic processes which makes the learning and knowledge of new analysis techniques and processes his current aim. This has allowed him at the start of his career to publish a paper on and international journal as well receive different awards during his studies, which include “Mención Honorifica” for the development of his undergraduate research work as well as an Academic Merit Medal for the work during his master studies.



Gregorio Martinez Jimenez obtained his B.S. degree in applied physics from the Physics and Mathematics Department, Universidad Autonoma de Puebla (BUAP). His final research project had the title “Characterization and Generation of Bessel-Gauss Beams in Free Space”. Afterwards he obtained his M.Sc at Oklahoma State University (OSU) in the Physics Department where he worked full time as a laboratory teaching assistant. He worked in the group of micro optical resonators where he developed a new technique to measure the cavity factor of a microsphere. The title of his thesis is “Determining the Cavity Factor and Coupling Regimen for a Micro- sphere by shift modulation”.

Today Gregorio is studding his PhD in Photonics at the University of Southampton as part of the Optoelectronics Research Center. This research center is the biggest in UK and one of the most important worldwide in optoelectronics and photonics. He is part of the research teams in non lineal and micro-structured materials and integrated optical devices. His research topic is the hybrid optical devices. He is pursuing to develop a new method to fabricate planar photonic devices for mass production using laser writing annealing and the integration of silicon and lithium niobate. He had participated in several national and international photonics conferences. Recently he presented a talk named “A poly-Si on LiNbO3 photonic platform” in the biggest conference of Europe, CLEO-Europe at Munich.

He has been an active member in the Optical Society of America (OSA) and th


Ma Lorena Escandón Quintanilla perfil

Lorena Escandon is a consultant in innovation, creativity and new product development. She studied Information Technology at the University of Monterrey, earned a master's degree in Entrepreneurship at the University of Lund in Sweden and is currently pursuing a doctorate in Innovation Management at the École de Technologie Supérieure de Montreal in Canada.

She taught courses in Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Creativity, Business Opportunities and Technology and Entrepreneurship at the Universidad Regiomontana for five years.

She currently collaborates organizing an international innovation competition called "24 hours of innovation", working with Latin American universities to implement the competition. She is also part of the teaching staff of the International Summer School of Innovation and Technological Design at the École de technologie supérieure de Montreal, and is president of the student club DécliQ,a club dedicated to involve students in social innovation projects.

Her research project attempts to reconcile theories of idea generation with the use of information technologies, specifically on how to use data analysis to find innovative ideas.

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Marysol García Patiño Perfil

Marysol García Patiño graduated with honours as a Biotechnology Engineer from Tecnológico de Monterrey, in Monterrey, Mexico. Then, she obtained her masters degree on Biotechnology at the same institution. She was part of Dr. Sergio Serna-Saldivar’s research group, and during that time she focused on researching the anti-inflammatory effects of saponins and flavonoids extracted from black bean (Phaseolus vulgaris L).

Marysol is now a PhD candidate on Pharmaceutical Sciences at the University of British Columbia, in Vancouver, Canada. She works in the research group of Molecular and Cellular Pharmacology, and is part of Dr. Kathleen MacLeod lab. The objective of her thesis is to know the role of Rho kinase 2 in the development of myocardial ischemia-reperfusion injury. She is focused on evaluating the effects of this phenomenon under normal physiological conditions and during hyperglycemia. Since 2012, she has a scholarship from CONACyT. Marysol has collaborated in the development of 2 published papers, and 2 publications in progress.