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web del Instituto de Biología Molecular y Celular
Dra. María Herranz

Unit: Molecular Diagnostic and Therapies
Subunit: Bioactive Molecules
Group: Natural bioactive compounds and biomembranes
Category: Assitant professor
Phone: + 34 522 25 86
Email: mherranz@umh.es
Degree: Human Nutrition and Dietetics (2006) and Food Science and Technologies (2008).
Ph.D program: Molecular and Cellular Biology, Universidad Miguel Hernández, 2014.
Previous positions:
1. Early Stage Research Fellow from CSIC in CEBAS/CSIC. 2007.
2. Early Stage Research Fellow from Fundación para la Formación e Investigación Sanitarias de la Región de Murcia (FFIS). Unidad de Endocrinología y Nutrición. Hospital Universitario Virgen de la Arrixaca. 2007-2008.
3. Predoctoral fellow researcher in Instituto de Biología Molecular y Celular, Universidad Miguel Hernández, Spain, 2008-2009.
4. Predoctoral fellow from the Generalitat Valenciana (BFPI) in 2009.
5. Predoctoral fellow from the Ministerio de educación (FPU) in 2009-2010.
6. Predoctoral fellow from the Generalitat Valenciana, Programa VALi+d para investigadores en formación, 2010-2014.
7. Scholarship for short stays (BEFPI) at Centro de Recerca Biomédica (Reus). Hospital San Juan de Reus. 2013.
8. Scientific researcher, Mitra Sol. Technologies, 2014-2015.
9. Postdoctoral researcher, Instituto Biología Molecular y Celular, Universidad Miguel Hernández, Spain, 2015-2016.
Current Position:
1. Assistant professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Department, 2015-present.
Research Fields:
1. Biocompounds as agents with potential anti-obesity effects.
2. Cosmetics and functional foods: screening and bioactivity of new ingredients for cosmetics and food formulations.
Representative Publications:

  • Phytomedicine 19 (2012) 253– 261. Synergism of plant-derived polyphenols in adipogenesis: Perspectives and implications. María Herranz-López, Salvador Fernández-Arroyo, Almudena Pérez-Sanchez, Enrique Barrajón-Catalán, Raúl Beltrán-Debón, Javier Abel Menéndez, Carlos Alonso-Villaverde, Antonio Segura-Carretero, Jorge Joven, Vicente Micol.
  • Molecular Nutrition & Food Research. 56 (2012) 1590–1595. Bioavailability study of a polyphenol-enriched extract from Hibiscus sabdariffa in rats and associated antioxidant status. María Herranz-López, Salvador Fernández-Arroyo, Raúl Beltrán-Debón, Isabel Borrás Linares, Enrique Barrajón-Catalán, Jorge Joven, Alberto Fernández-Gutiérrez, Antonio Segura-Carretero, Vicente Micol.
  • Phytomedicine 20 (2013) 1112–1118. Phenylpropanoids and their metabolites are the major compounds responsible for blood-cell protection against oxidative stress after administration of Lippia citriodora in rats. M. Herranz-López, R. Quirantes-Piné, L. Funes, I. Borrás-Linares, V. Micol, A. Segura-Carretero, A. Fernández-Gutiérrez.
  • Phytomedicine 22 (2015) 605–614. Lemon verbena (Lippia citriodora) polyphenols alleviate obesity-related disturbances in hypertrophic adipocytes through AMPK-dependent mechanisms. María Herranz-López, Enrique Barrajón-Catalán, Antonio Segura-Carretero, Javier A. Menéndez, Jorge Joven, Vicente Micol.
  • Electrophoresis 37 (2016) 7-8. Further exploring the absorption and enterocyte metabolism of quercetin forms in the 1 Caco-2 model using nano-LC-TOF-MS. María del Mar Contreras, Isabel Borrás-Linares, María Herranz-López, Vicente Micol, Antonio Segura-Carretero.