Dr. Abel Moreno Cárcamo

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Chemistry of Biomacromolecules

Researcher
Address: Circuito Exterior s/n, Ciudad Universitaria. District Coyoacán. ZIP Code 04510 Mexico City. Mexico

Telephone: +52 (55) 56-22-44-67
Fax: +52 (55) 56-16-22-17

 

ACADEMIC SUMMARY

Dr. Abel Moreno was awarded with a B.Sc. in Chemistry from the Autonomous University of Puebla (Mexico) in 1990 and his professional title was homologated as the B.Sc. in Chemistry from the University of Granada in Spain. Dr. Moreno was also awarded with a Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University of Granada (Spain) in 1995. Currently, Dr. Moreno is full Professor of Biological and Physical Chemistry at the Institute of Chemistry of the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) in Mexico City. He has been distinguished as a member of the National System of Researchers of Mexico (SNI) at level 3 (the highest category of Mexican scientists), a member of the Mexican Academy of Sciences, Mexican Society of Crystallography, Mexican Society of Synchrotron Light, the New York Academy of Sciences, and member of the Mexican and American Chemical Societies. Prof. Moreno has been a visiting professor at the University of Cambridge (United Kingdom, 2009) and at the University of Strasbourg (France, 2003–2004). Dr. Moreno has been a visiting scientist at the University of Luebeck and at the Institute of Crystal Growth (IKZ) Berlin (Germany, February 2004), at the University of Tohoku (Japan, Autumn 2003), at Imperial College London (United Kingdom in 1999 and 2000), and at the University of California Riverside (USA, 1997). 

Dr. Abel Moreno has published more than 108 papers in prestigious international journals. He is the author of 15 book chapters and 7 books on his specialties in Biological Crystallogenesis, Crystallochemistry, and Biomineralization processes. Into the Academia he has graduated more than 30 students at all levels from BSc up to the PhDs and postdoctoral fellows. Prof. Moreno was the former President of the International Organization for the Biological Crystallization from September 2010 to September 2012 (IOBCr). He is also member of the international advisory board of the Commission of Crystal Growth and Characterization of Materials of the International Union of Crystallography, member of the Executive Committee of the International Organization for Crystal Growth (2019-2022). Prof. Moreno was the President of the Mexican Society of Crystallography from 2018–2019, he is currently the vice-President of Mexican Society of Synchrotron Light from 2019-2023. He is also member of the Advisory board of the Latin America Asia Africa and Middle East Program (LAAAMP) of the IUCr–UNESCO–IUPAP. Prof. Moreno is member of the Editorial Board of the journal Progress in Crystal Growth and Characterization of Materials (ELSEVIER), Editor for the Latin America section of the newsletter of the International Union of Crystallography and Editor-in-Chief of the section Biomolecular Crystals of the journal Crystals (MDPI, Switzerland). 

RESEARCH TOPICS

Doctor Moreno is an expert in Protein Crystallization, Crystal Growth Methods, Crystallochemistry, Protein Crystallography, Biomineralization Processes and Structural Research using X-ray Diffraction, Scanning/Transmission Electron Microscopy, Atomic Force Microscopy and Synchrotron Radiation Techniques. His work as well as contributions have been applied to Biological Chemistry and Biomedical Sciences. Doctor Moreno is a leading scientist in Protein Crystallogenesis, Crystal Growth, Protein Crystallochemistry, and Biomineralization Processes in Latin America.

ACADEMIC ACTIVITIES

Doctor Moreno has supervised undergraduate and postgraduate theses in different levels: 12 B.Sc., 7 M.Sc. and 10 Ph.D. theses and 4 Postdoctoral Fellows. All his former PhD graduate students are performing research in Mexico and in the USA.

1. Ph.D. Thesis "The biomineralization in Living Organisms and its Applications to the Eggshell Research" Ph.D. Program in Biomedical Sciences, UNAM. Juan Pablo Reyes-Grajeda Ph.D. August 2004.

2. Ph.D. Thesis "The Biomineralization of Calcium Oxalate in Higher Plants" Ph.D. Program in Biomedical Sciences, UNAM. David Jáuregui Zúñiga, Ph.D. February 2005.

3. Ph.D. Thesis "Chemical and Structural Properties of Silica Hydrogels" Ph.D. Program in Materials Science, UNAM. Ekaterina Vinogradova Vladimirovna, Ph.D. April 2005.

4. Ph.D. Thesis "Protein Crystallization Under the Presence of an Electric Field" Ph.D. Program in Biomedical Sciences, UNAM. Nurit Mirkin Brill. October 2005.

5. Ph.D. Thesis "Biochemical and Structural Characterization of a Recombinant Protein from the Radicular Cement CEMP1 " Ph.D. Program in Biomedical Sciences, UNAM. Eduardo Villarreal Ramírez, Ph.D. November 2009.

6. Ph.D. Thesis "Chemical and Structural Research of Biological Macromolecules Involved into the Cardiovascular Precipitation of Calcium Phosphate" Ph.D. Program in Biomedical Sciences, UNAM. Azucena Eunice Jiménez Corona, Ph. D. August 2010.

7. Ph.D. Thesis “Biomineralization Processes of Calcium Carbonate and Intramineral Proteins from the Avian Eggshells”. Ph. D. Program in Biomedical Sciences, UNAM. Rayana R. Ruiz-Arellano., Ph.D. December 2014. 

8. Ph.D. Thesis “Physicochemical and Structural Investigations of the Biomineralization Process of Biliary Stones”. Ph.D. Program in Materials Science, BUAP. José Manuel Bravo-Arredondo, Ph.D. December 2014.

9. Ph.D. Thesis “Study on the Electrical Properties of Biological Macromolecules Infiltrated in Porous Silicon for applications to Photonic Devices”.  Ph.D. Program in Semiconductors Devices, ICUAP-BUAP. Laura Elvira Serrano de la Rosa, Ph.D. March 2018.

10. Ph.D. Thesis “Piezoactive Biocomposites: Hydroxyapatite and Hydrogels” Ph.D. Program in Materials Science. Institute of Physics, BUAP, PhD September 2019.

Postdoctoral Fellows:

  1. Dr. Maria Liliana Marín García, graduated from the CINVESTAV-IPN Mexico.

  2. Dr. Ma. Josefina Robles Águila, graduated from the BUAP, Mexico.

3. Dr. Karina Sandra Pérez Aguilar, graduated from the BUAP, Mexico.

  4. Dr. Ricardo Pérez Solís, graduated from the BUAP, Mexico.

 

FACULTY RESPONSIBILITIES 

Doctor Moreno is a Full Professor of Biological and Physical Chemistry; he was the Chair of the Lectures on Physical Chemistry for Biomedical Sciences (1997-2002), and from 2010 he is the Chair of the Course: Equilibrium and Kinetics in the undergraduate level at the Faculty of Chemistry UNAM. He was habilitated to supervise students into the PhD Graduate Programs in Biomedical, Biological, Chemical and Materials Sciences since 2000.

AWARDS AND HONORS

1. The Best Ph.D. Thesis in Materials Science Prize 1996. Awarded from the Materials Research Institute, UNAM (Mexico).

2. The Best Ph.D. Thesis awarded in 2000 from the University of Granada (Spain).

3. Member of the National System of Researchers in Mexico Level 3 (which is the highest academic and scientific ladder for scientists in the Mexican Republic equivalent to a full Professor). This was awarded since 2007, renewed in 2012, and renewed again in 2017 up to 2027.

4. Member of the Mexican Academy of Sciences, New York Academy of Sciences, Mexican and American Chemical Societies, IUCr, IOCG, Mexican Society of Crystallography and Mexican Society of Synchrotron Light.

5.Former President of the International Organization for the Biological Crystallization (IOBCr: http://www.iobcr.org).

6. Member of the Commission of Crystal Growth and Characterization of Materials of the International Union of Crystallography (IUCr).

7. Member of the Executive Committee of the International Organization for Crystal Growth (2019-2023).

8. Associate Editor of the journal: Progress in Crystal Growth and Characterization of Materials from ELSEVIER.

9. Editor-in-Chief of the Section Biomolecular Crystals of the journal CRYSTALS (MDPI, Switzerland).

10. President of the Mexican Society of Crystallography (SMCr in Spanish acronym) from 2018-2019.

11. Vice-President of the Mexican Society of Syncrotron Light (SMLS in Spanish acronym)  from 2019-2023.

RECENT PUBLICATIONS

Mayra Cuéllar-Cruz and Abel Moreno. “Synthesis of Crystalline Silica−Carbonate Biomorphs of Ba(II) under the Presence of RNA and Positively and Negatively Charged ITO Electrodes: Obtainment of Graphite via Bioreduction of CO2 and Its Implications to the Chemical Origin of Life on Primitive Earth”  ACS Omega 5 (2020) 5460-5469.

Nerith Rocio Elejalde-Cadena, Mayra Cuéllar-Cruz, Abel Moreno “The role of silica and alkaline earth metals with biomolecules in the biomineralization processes: The eggshell´s formation and the crystallization in vivo for X-ray crystallography”. Progress in Crystal Growth and Characterization of Materials 66 (2020) 100473/1-24.

Abel Moreno. “New trends in Protein Crystallization and Protein Crystallography”. CRYSTALS 10 (2020) 46/1-46/2. 

Mayra Cueĺlar-Cruz, Dieter K.Schneider, Vivian Stojanoff, Selene R. Islas, Nuria Sańchez-Puig, Roberto Arreguín-Espinosa, José Miguel Delgado, and Abel Moreno. “Formation of Crystalline Silica−Carbonate Biomorphs of Alkaline Earth Metals (Ca, Ba, Sr) from Ambient to Low Temperatures: Chemical Implications during the Primitive Earth’s Life”. Crystal Growth and Design, 20 (2020) 1186-1195.

Abel Moreno, Daniela Lucio-Hernández, Mayra Cuéllar-Cruz. “Biosynthesis of chemical compound by Candida albicans and Candida glabrata”. Revista Iberoamericana de Micología 36, No. 3 (2019) 120-128. 

Omar Velásquez-González, Camila Campos-Escamilla, Andrea Flores-Ibarra, Nuria Esturau-Escofet, Roberto Arreguín-Espinosa, Vivian Stojanoff, Mayra Cuéllar-Cruz and Abel Moreno. “Crystal Growth in Gels from the Mechanisms of Crystal Growth to Control of Polymorphism: New Trends and Experimental Aspects”. CRYSTALS 9 (2019) 443/1-443/23.

Mayra Cuéllar-Cruz and Abel MorenoThe Role of Calcium and Strontium as the Most Dominant Elements during Combinations of Different Alkaline Earth Metals in the Synthesis of Crystalline Silica-Carbonate Biomorphs” CRYSTALS 9 (2019) 381/1-381/19.

Mayra Cuéllar-Cruz, Selene, R. Islas, Gonzalo González and Abel Moreno.“Influence of Nucleic Acids on the Synthesis of Crystalline Ca (II), Ba (II), and Sr (II) Silica-Carbonate Biomorphs: Implications for the Chemical Origin of Life on Primitive Earth”. Crystal Growth and Design 19 (2019) 4667-4682. DOI: 10.1021/acs.cgd.9b00573.

Araceli Romero-Nuñez, Gonzalo González, Abel Moreno and Mayra Cuéllar-Cruz. “Biomineralization and biosynthesis of nanocrystalline materials and selective uptake of toxic metals controlled by five types of Candida species”. CrystEngComm21 (2019) 2585-2595.

Abel Moreno, Nicola Demitri, Estela Ruiz-Baca, Arturo Vega-González, Maurizio Polentarutti and Mayra Cuéllar-Cruz. “Bioreduction of precious and heavy metals by Candida species under oxidative stress conditions”. Microbial Biotechnology 12, No. 6 (2019) 1164-1179. DOI:10.1111/1751-7915.13364.

Karina S. Pérez and Abel Moreno. “Influence of pyruvic acid and UV radiation on the morphology of silica-carbonate crystalline biomorphs” CRYSTALS 9 (2019) 67/1-67/11.

César Luis Medrano-Díaz, Arturo Vega-González, Estela Ruiz-Baca, Abel Moreno, Mayra Cuéllar-Cruz. “Moonlighting proteins induce protection in mouse model against Candida species”. Microbial Pathogenesis 124 (2018) 21-29.

Ricardo Pérez-Solis. José Gervacio-Arciniega, Boby Joseph, María Eugenia Mendoza, and Abel Moreno. “Synthesis and characterization of a monoclinic crystalline phase of hydroxyapatite by synchrotron X-ray powder diffraction and piezoresponse force microscopy” CRYSTALS 2018, 8, 458/1-458/11.

Andrea Flores-Ibarra, Camila Campos-Escamilla, Yasel Guerra, Enrique Rudiño-Piñera, Nicola Demitri, Maurizio Polentarutti, Mayra Cuéllar-Cruz, Abel Moreno. “Novel devices for transporting protein crystals to the synchrotron facilities and thermal protection of protein crystals” CRYSTALS 2018, 8, 340/1-340/13. 

Angélica Legorreta-Flores, Alejandra Davila-Tejeda, Omar Velásquez-González, Eduardo Ortega, Arturo Ponce, Hiram Castillo-Michel, Juan Pablo Reyes-Grajeda, Rene Hernández-Rivera, Mayra Cuéllar-Cruzand Abel Moreno. “Calcium carbonate crystal shapes mediated by intramineral proteins from eggshells of ratite birds and crocodiles. Implications to the eggshell´s formation of a dinosaur of 70 million years old”. Crystal Growth and Design 18 (2018) 5663-5673.