Dr. Pedro Mena

Dr. Pedro Mena is presently working as Senior Research Fellow in the Human Nutrition Unit, Dept. of Food & Drugs, University of Parma, in Italy. His line of research is related to the bioavailability and biological activity of plant bioactives in human, animal, and cell models, with a particular focus on (poly)phenolic compounds and caffeine.

His research career began at the CEBAS-CSIC (Spanish National Research Council, Murcia, Spain) in 2009, after 3 years of different undergraduate research experiences. He carried out his pre-doctoral work in the Group of Quality, Safety and Bioactivity of Plant Foods (Dept. of Food Science) with Prof. Cristina García-Viguera, the development of pomegranate-derived food products rich in bioactive phytochemicals being the topic of his Doctoral Thesis. During this period, he learned about determination of plant bioactives, food characterization, and multivariate statistics. He took part in several international collaborations on pomegranate phytochemistry and bioactivity and undertook two short-stays abroad. The first at the Research Unit on Neurological Disorders of the Mexican Institute of Social Security (2010, 3 months), acquiring skills on the evaluation of inflammatory markers in animal models. The second one was at the Lab. of Phytochemicals in Physiology (Univ. of Parma, 2012, 7 months). In Parma, Pedro gained further knowledge in the colonic/phase II metabolism of plant bioactives, worked actively with mass spectrometric techniques, and was involved in various projects linked to the bioactivity of phenolic metabolites. He also worked in parallel with the University Miguel Hernández (Elche, Spain) on industrial projects that yielded different patents granted to national bodies.

Later (October 2013), he started his postdoctoral fellowship with Prof. Daniele Del Rio, and, since then, he has been working actively on dozens of (inter)national industry/academia projects targeting the bioavailability and bioactivity of plant bioactives. Dr. Mena has independently managed two human intervention studies funded by food companies. To date, he has published several works on different fields related to food quality, bioavailability and biological effects of plant compounds and plant foods. He is also an active member of the international network EU COST Action “POSITIVe”, focused on inter-individual variation in response to consumption of plant food bioactives.

As a summary of his research activity, Pedro has:

  • 70 papers in peer reviewed ISI journals (h-index: 20 for Scopus and 23 for Google Scholar)
  • 10 invited presentations in peer-reviewed (inter)national conferences and courses
  • >40 contributions to international conferences (6 as oral communications)
  • 6 competitive calls for individual fellows won at different stages of his career
  • 6 book chapters
  • 4 granted patents
  • Commissions of trust: 2 Editorial Board Member for ISI Journal (Scientific Reports & Oxidative Medicine and Cellular Longevity), 2 Guest Editor for ISI Journal (Molecules & Nutrients), referee for the Flanders Research Foundation (FWO, Belgium) and the Polish National Science Center (Poland); Ph.D. committee membership (3); member of doctoral thesis evaluator (3); reviewer for >35 ISI journals
  • 9 Bachelor theses (1 ongoing) and 1 Ph.D thesis co-supervised (ongoing)
  • 2 travel awards in international conferences; the First Excellence National Prize of Bachelor and 2 other first academic prizes

Scopus Author ID: 39863361900

ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-2150-2977

ResearchID: C-2144-2014

ResearchGate: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Pedro_Mena2/

Google Scholar: http://scholar.google.com/citations?user=7O-YFaoAAAAJ