Roberto Parra

Roberto Parra
Tecnológico de Monterrey | ITESM · Centro de Biotecnología FEMSA (CB-FEMSA)

Ph D in Biotechnology

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Introduction
Current research on microalgal, fungal and bacterial bioprocess, microfluidic devices, scale-up process. Project experience as PI in more than 100 projects.
Additional affiliations
January 2017 - August 2018
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Position
  • Researcher
January 2009 - present
Tecnológico de Monterrey
Position
  • Professor
September 2004 - March 2008
University of Westminster
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  • PostDoc Position
Education
August 2001 - August 2004
Cranfield University
Field of study
  • Biotechnology

Publications

Publications (275)
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Bionanocomposites based on natural bioactive entities have gained importance due to their abundance; renewable and environmentally benign nature; and outstanding properties with applied perspective. Additionally, their formulation with biological molecules with antimicrobial, antioxidant, and anticancer activities has been produced nowadays. The pr...
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This review highlights the relevance of bioremediation techniques for the removal of emerging pollutants (EPs). The EPs are chemical or biological pollutants that are not currently monitored or regulated by environmental authorities, but which can enter the environment and cause harmful effects to the environment and human health. In recent times,...
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Water supplies have been seriously challenged by new emerging pollutants, which are difficult to remove by traditional wastewater treatment. Thus, new technologies such as catalytic advanced oxidation processes have merged as suitable solutions; however, the drawbacks of typical catalysts limit their application. To overcome this issue, new materia...
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Purpose of Review The ever-increasing environmental pollution concerns are demanding momentous efforts to clean and sustain the environment. Organic pollutants (OPs) have proven to be detrimental to numerous environmental settings, leading to changes in the food chain and the normal development of several species. Recent Findings Several tradition...
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In recent years, water pollution has become a serious environmental issue. Accelerated globalization and modern lifestyle promotes the unconscious use of pharmaceutical and personal care products (PPCPs) (e.g., dyes, detergents, soaps, shampoos, antibiotics, medicines, household cleaning and so on). These compounds constitute a broad set of emergin...
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Water and soil contamination represents a global environmental concern that severely affects food and water security, leading to an increased interest in the detection of contaminants in environmental samples. Conventional detection techniques possess high sensitivity; however, they are not able to perform cost-effective, rapid, on-site, and real-t...
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The COVID-19 pandemic has challenged healthcare systems worldwide. Efforts in low-to-middle-income countries (LMICs) cannot keep stride with infection rates, especially during peaks. A strong international collaboration between Arizona State University (ASU), Tec de Monterrey (TEC), and Servicios de Agua y Drenaje de Monterrey (Local Water Utilitie...
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Microalgae are complex photosynthetic organisms found in marine and freshwater environments that produce valuable metabolites. Microalgae-derived metabolites have gained remarkable attention in different industrial biotechnological processes and pharmaceutical and cosmetic industries due to their multiple properties, including antioxidant, anti-agi...
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Water management and treatment are high concern fields with several challenges due to increasing pollutants produced by human activity. It is imperative to find integral solutions and strategic measures with robust remediation. Landfill leachate production is a high concern emerging problem. Especially in low middle-income countries due to no prope...
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The pursuit of industrial and biotechnological revolutions has led to a growing problem of environmental pollution around the world. The fast-growing contamination of numerous environmental matrices is one of the major problems facing humanity due to the controlled and/or uncontrolled discharge of toxic elements from several industrial sectors. Due...
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Carbon-based materials are among the most biosynthesized nanocomposites with excellent tunability and multifunctionality features, that other materials fail to demonstrate. Naturally occurring materials, such as alginate (Alg), can be combined and modified by linking the active moieties of various carbon-based materials of interest, such as graphen...
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In México, production of cacti fruits has increased. These fruits have high concentration of betalains (pigments), and market has increased interest in food with natural ingredients. In the near future, a sustainable method for betanin quantification in cacti fruits for rural communities will be necessary. Betanin in pulp of garambullo (Myrtillocac...
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Contamination of heavy metals has been a serious environmental problem due to increasing anthropogenic activities such as mining, smelting, livestock, landfills, waste dumps, and agriculture. Bioleaching experiments were conducted using native Bacillus cereus MAMPE19 BCG, isolated and characterized from previous research, to test removal of arsenic...
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Modelado de la biodegradación en biorreactores de lodos de hidrocarburos totales del petróleo intemperizados en suelos y sedimentos (Biodegradation modeling of sludge bioreactors of total petroleum hydrocarbons weathering in soil and sediments)
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Sustainable development serves as the foundation for a range of international and national policymaking. Traditional breeding methods have been used to modify plant genomes and production. Genetic engineering is the practice of assisting agricultural systems in adapting to rapidly changing global growth by hastening the breeding of new varieties. O...
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Wastewater is one of the most common by-products of almost every industrial process. Treatment of wastewater alone, before disposal, necessitates an excess of energy. Environmental concerns over the use of fossil fuels as a source of energy have prompted a surge in demand for alternative energy sources and the development of sophisticated procedure...
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The global rise in industrialization and vehicularization has led to the increasing trend in the use of different crude oil types. Among these mobil oil has major application in automobiles and different machines. The combustion of mobil oil renders a non-usable form that ultimately enters the environment thereby causing problems to environmental h...
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Rapid industrialization and manufacturing expansion have caused heavy metal pollution, which is a critical environmental issue faced by global population. In addition, the disadvantages presented by conventional detection methods such as the requirement of sophisticated instruments and qualified personnel have led to the development of novel nanose...
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Contamination of the environment through toxic pollutants poses a key risk to the environment due to irreversible environmental damage(s). Industrialization and urbanization produced harmful elements such as petrochemicals, agrochemicals, pharmaceuticals, nanomaterials, and herbicides that are intentionally or unintentionally released into the wate...
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PFAS are a very diverse group of anthropogenic chemicals used in various consumer and industrial products. The properties that characterize are their low degradability as well as their resistance to water, oil and heat. This results in their high persistence in the environment and bioaccumulation in different organisms, causing many adverse effects...
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Kidney diseases are expected to become the fifth leading cause of death by 2040. Several physiological failures classified as pre-, intra-, and post-renal factors induce kidney damage. Diabetes, liver pathologies, rhabdomyolysis, and intestinal microbiota have been identified as pre-renal factors, and lithiasis or blood clots in the ureters, prosta...
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Heavy metals (HM) pollution is a global concern as mining activity is a major source of those hazardous compounds. In this research, five microorganisms were isolated from mine tailings associated with a high concentration of heavy metals and identified by molecular techniques. Two different samples of mine tailings were the source of culturable st...
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Plastics have become an essential part of the modern world thanks to their appealing physical and chemical properties as well as their low production cost. The most common type of polymers used for plastic account for 90% of the total production and are made from petroleum-based nonrenewable resources. Concerns over the sustainability of the curren...
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Sustainable generation of biofuels is gaining substantial attraction as an alternative for substitution of petrochemical-derived products, which allows to mitigate common problems caused by the overuse of fossil fuels, such as global warming and climate change. The integration of nanotechnology and biotechnology brings a bright future in the energy...
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This review highlights the underexplored potential and promises of marine bioactive peptides (MBPs) with unique structural, physicochemical, and biological activities to fight against the current and future human pathologies. A particular focus is given to the marine environment as a significant source to obtain or extract high-value MBPs from touc...
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With the on-going pandemic, vaccine developing methods have gained attention of the scientific community, specially towards the production, downstream and transport aspects, making it clear that new methods with less complex production and transport are needed, especially for developing countries. In this work we review the current methods used for...
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The presence of endocrine-disrupting chemicals (EDCs) in water resources has significant negative implications for the environment. Traditional technologies implemented for water treatment are not completely efficient for removing EDCs from water. Therefore, research on sustainable remediation has been mainly directed to novel decontamination appro...
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Respiratory diseases are leading causes of death and disability in developing and developed countries. The burden of acute and chronic respiratory diseases has been rising throughout the world and represents a major problem in the public health system. Acute respiratory diseases include pneumonia, influenza, SARS-CoV-2 and MERS viral infections; wh...
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Wastewater-Based Epidemiology (WBE) is a novel community-wide monitoring tool that provides comprehensive real-time data of the public and environmental health status and can contribute to public health interventions, including those related to infectious disease outbreaks (e.g., the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic). Nonetheless, municipalities without c...
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Growing demand for agricultural production means a higher quantity of residues produced. The reuse and recycling of agro-industrial wastes reduce worldwide greenhouse emissions. New opportunities are derived from this kind of residuals in the biotechnological field generating valuable products in growing sectors such as transportation, bioenergy, f...
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The use of lignocellulosic wastes reduces dependence on fossil fuel resources, contributes to sustainable waste management, and reinforces the circular economy model of continual use of resources. Typically, the second generation of bioethanol production involves several steps to transform lignocellulosic material into bioethanol. The more complica...
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The ubiquitous occurrence, toxicological influence, and bioaccumulation of toxic entities, e.g., pesticides and toxic elements in the environment, biota, and humans, directly or indirectly, are posing severe social, ecological, and human health concerns. Much attention has been given to the rising bioaccumulation of toxins and their adverse impact...
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Tillage is a common agricultural practice and a critical component of agricultural systems that is frequently employed worldwide in croplands to reduce climatic and soil restrictions while also sustaining various ecosystem services. Tillage can affect a variety of soil-mediated processes, e.g., soil carbon sequestration (SCS) or depletion, greenhou...
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Pharmaceutical compounds are designed to elicit a biological reaction in specific organisms. However, they may also elicit a biological response in non-specific organisms when exposed to ambient quantities. Therefore, the potential human health hazards and environmental effects associated with pharmaceutically active compounds presented in aquatic...
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Soil carbon sequestration (SCS) refers to the uptake of carbon (C) containing substances from the atmosphere and its storage in soil C pools. Soil microbial community (SMC) play a major role in C cycling and their activity has been considered as the main driver of differences in the potential to store C in soils. The composition of the SMC is cruci...
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This review highlights the relevance of laccase-assisted cues for detecting and removing emerging contaminants (ECs). ECs are distributed in the environmental matrices due to various industrial practices and anthropogenic inputs. The discharge and long-term persistence of ECs such as micro-pollutants, endocrine disruptors (EDs), pharmaceutical comp...
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Biomass waste generation concerns regulatory authorities to develop novel methods to sustain biotransformation processes. Particularly, lactic acid (LA) is a bulk commodity chemical used in diverse industries and holds a growing global market demand. Recently, lignocellulosic waste biomass is preferred for LA bio-production because of its non-edibl...
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In the recent past, supercritical fluids extraction (SFE) has gained distinguishable relevance because these have been identified as potential substitutes for traditional extraction methods that result in contamination and increased cost when applied at larger scales. Even though recent developments in these technologies have led to the identificat...
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Green chemistry, as a work philosophy, has contributed to the design and application of safer and green processes and products. However, there are still challenges to achieve sustainability. In this regard, it is necessary to adopt a circular model, where the wastes and by-products can be used. Therefore the merging between green chemistry and bior...
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Daphnia magna (D. magna) is highly sensitive to pollutants and act as a model bioindicator organism in ecotoxicology. Taking this added-value of D. magna, herein, we tested acute toxicity in the crustacean against a range of domestic products that are subsequently drained into the water streams. Sequentially, the sensitivity of the organisms toward...
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More than 90% of surgical patients develop postoperative adhesions, and the incidence of hospital re-admissions can be as high as 20%. Current adhesion barriers present limited efficacy due to difficulties in application and incompatibility with minimally invasive interventions. To solve this clinical limitation, we developed an injectable and spra...
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Agave lechuguilla agro-waste is a promising renewable material for biorefining purposes. The procurement of added-value co-products, such as bioactive phytochemicals, is required to improve bioprocesses and promote the bio-based economy of the productive areas of Mexico. In this study, we aimed to evaluate the effect of post-harvest management and...
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In the twenty-first century food sector, nanotechnological processing is a new frontier that has vibrant impact on enhancing the food quality, nutritional value, food safety, and nano-fortified functional foods aspects. In addition, the added-value of various robust nano-scale materials facilitates the targeted delivery of nutraceutical ingredients...
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Since 2014, Mexican Caribbean coasts have experienced an atypical massive arrival of pelagic Sargassum accumulated on the shores triggers economic losses, public health problems, and ecosystem damaging near the coastline. Mechanical harvesting has been implemented ending in landfills. Since Sargassum algae represent abundant biomass in tropical reg...
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Climate change is a shift in the average weather patterns, which could stand for a long-term period. This phenomenon is related to greenhouse gas emissions generated by anthropogenic and non-anthropogenic activities. The most notable climate change effects are the rise of sea levels, changes in the water pH, apparition or increased transmission of...
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Endocrine-disrupting chemicals (EDCs) in water sources are receiving global attention due to their toxicity, persistence, and bioaccumulation. Moreover, conventional wastewater treatment methods are not effective enough for their removal. Therefore, new alternative methods such as advanced oxidation processes (AOPs) have been presented as suitable...
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The recent advancement in the nanotechnological sector has evidently revolutionized the biotech- and biomed-divisions of the twenty-first century. Accordingly, designing and fabrication of robust materials, for instance nanodiamonds (NDs), at the micro- and nano-scale with unique structural, physiochemical, and functional features have been the foc...
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Nanozymes, novel engineered nanomaterial-based artificial enzymes, have been developed to overcome intrinsic drawbacks exist in natural enzymes including high-cost storage, structural instability, and chemical sensitivity. More recently, carbon dots (CDs) have received significant attention due to their biocompatibility, high catalytic activity, an...
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The pervasive manifestation and toxicological influence of hazardous pesticides pose adverse consequences on various environmental matrices and humans, directly via bioaccumulation or indirectly through the food chain. Due to pesticide residues' continuous presence above permissible levels in multiple forms, much attention has been given to re-eval...
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Metal contaminated wastewater represents a major environmental problem of global concern. Traditional detection techniques cannot perform rapid and cost-effective on site-measurements. Recently, carbon dots (CDs) have been applied to detect metal ions in water samples; their efficient performance is attributed to the unique properties, e.g., fluore...
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The use of sensors in critical areas for human development such as water, food, and health has increased in recent decades. When the sensor uses biological recognition, it is known as a biosensor. Nowadays, the development of biosensors has been increased due to the need for reliable, fast, and sensitive techniques for the detection of multiple ana...
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With the aim to reach the maximum recovery of bulk and specialty bioproducts while minimizing waste generation, a multi-product biorefinery for ethanol and lactic acid production from the biomass of cyanobacterium Arthrospira platensis was investigated. Therefore, the residual biomass resulting from different pretreatments consisting of supercritic...
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Soil-water-air (SWA) contamination from soil-plant and animal-plant-soil systems have become a major concern for the sustainability of agroecosystems. Nutrient budgeting is one of the techniques that can simultaneously monitor and prevent SWA contamination, if employed in plot, field, regional or continental scale. This study presents nutrient budg...
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Environmental pollution is a critical issue that requires proper measures to maintain environmental health in a sustainable and effective manner. The growing persistence of several active pharmaceutical residues, such as antibiotics like tetracycline, and anti-inflammatory drugs like diclofenac in water matrices is considered an issue of global con...
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In this study, we carried out a heterogeneous cytoplasmic lipid content screening of Neochloris oleoabundans microalgae by dielectrophoresis (DEP), using castellated glassy carbon microelectrodes in a PDMS microchannel. For this purpose, microalgae were cultured in nitrogen-replete (N+) and nitrogen-deplete (N−) suspensions to promote low and high...
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During the last decades, the growth of concern towards different pollutants has been increasing due to population activities in large cities and the great need for food production by the agri-food industry. The effects observed in specific locations have shown the impact over the environment in air, soil and water. Specifically, the current pandemi...
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Production of polysaccharides by white-rot-fungi in submerged cultivation has several advantages due to process control. This work deals with the submerged cultivation, extraction and antitumor activity of polysaccharides from a wild strain of Schizophyllum radiatum isolated from a tropical forest of Colombia. The mushroom was cultivated in laborat...
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Brewers' spent grain (BSG) is the main by-product derived from the brewing industry, where it accounts for 85% of the total waste generated. The total annual production worldwide of this waste is 39 million tons. This lignocellulosic material is traditionally used as cattle feed and sold at a low retail price (~USD 45.00 per ton). However, efforts...
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Global land use changes that tend to satisfy the food needs of augmenting population is provoking agricultural soils to act as a C source rather than sink. Agricultural management practices are crucial to offset the anthropogenic C emission; hence, Carbon sequestration (CS) in agriculture is a viable option for reversing this cycle, but it is based...
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Greenhouse gases (GHG) emissions are widely related to climate change, triggering several environmental problems of global concern and producing environmental, social, and economic negative impacts. Therefore, global research seeks to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions. On the other hand, the use of wastes under a circular economy scheme generates s...
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Nowadays, consumer interest in food with natural ingredients has increased. This need has led to the research of new sources and green extraction methods. Betalains are compounds responsible for giving color to cacti fruits. The aim is to obtain low-sugar betacyanins extracts from jiotilla Escontria chiotilla using aqueous two-phase systems (ATPS)...
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Porphyridium purpureum is a well-known Rhodophyta that recently has attracted enormous attention because of its capacity to produce many high-value metabolites such as the pigment phycoerythrin and several high-value fatty acids. Phycoerythrin is a fluorescent red protein-pigment commercially relevant with antioxidant, antimicrobial activity, and f...
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Multi-polymeric nanocomposite hydrogels with multi-functional characteristics have been engineered with high interest around the globe. The ease in fine tunability with maintained compliance makes an array of nanocomposite biomaterials outstanding candidates for the biomedical sector of the modern world. In this context, the present work intends to...