Pedro Mena Parreño is presently working as post-doctoral fellow at The Laboratory of Phytochemicals in Physiology of the Department of Food Science of the University of Parma (Italy). He has worked actively on the effect of processing and storage on the quality of plant-derived products, with a particular focus on their phenolic composition. His present line of research is focused on the identification of phytochemicals in vegetal matrixes as well as their metabolites in biological fluids after microbiota transformation.
Pedro (Alicante, Spain, 22-12-1985) is an Agronomical Engineer (Honors) and holds a Ph.D. with European mention in Molecular and Cell Biology (2013), from the University Miguel Hernández (Spain). He developed his predoctoral work at the Dept. of Food Science and Technology of CEBAS-CSIC (Spanish National Research Council) (Murcia, Spain), the topic of his Doctoral Thesis being the development and assessment of pomegranate (Punicagranatum L.)-derived food products rich in bioactive phytochemicals. In 2010, he visited the Medical Research Unit on Neurological Disorders at the Mexican Institute of Social Security (IMSS) (D.F., Mexico), where he worked on antiepilectic and neuroprotective activity of phytochemicals in mice. He also visited the Laboratory of Phytochemicals in Physiology for 7 months in 2012.
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