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Carotenoids - New Perspectives and Applications

Rosa María Martínez-Espinosa

University of Alicante

Dr. Martínez-Espinosa is currently Vice-President of International Relations and Cooperation development and the leader of the research group 'Applied Biochemistry” (University of Alicante, Spain). She has authored one patent and has published more than 70 indexed papers and around 60 book chapters.


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Carotenoids are natural and versatile secondary metabolites, most of them showing colors that vary from yellow to red. They are widespread among living beings, where they are involved in many biological roles reporting beneficial actions. To date, over 750 carotenoids have been described in animals, plants, macroalgae, some fungi, and a wide variety of microorganisms. Humans cannot synthesize carotenoids de novo, consequently, they are mainly obtained through the diet. In fact, carotenoids are consistently found in tissues or biological fluids, where they play a beneficial role in decreasing the risk of developing some diseases like cancer, eye disorders, autoimmune or cardiovascular diseases. During the last half-century, significant advances in carotenoids research have been made. For example, much knowledge on their biosynthesis in plants and microbes has been generated and there have been important breakthroughs in their production in both conventional and genetically modified organisms, not only at laboratories but also at large scale.

The aim of this book project is to highlight new perspectives and applications of carotenoids including characterization and isolation of new compounds (including rare carotenoids), their production at mid-large scale (involving new innovative approaches), and uses of carotenoids in different biotechnological fields like food science, biomedicine, and cosmetics.

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Date completed: September 23rd 2021

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Rosa María Martínez-Espinosa

University of Alicante

Dr. Rosa María Martínez-Espinosa has been a Spanish Full Professor since 2020 (Biochemistry and Molecular Biology) and is currently Vice-President of International Relations and Cooperation development and leader of the research group 'Applied Biochemistry” (University of Alicante, Spain). Other positions she has held at the university include Vice-Dean of Master Programs, Vice-Dean of the Degree in Biology and Vice-Dean for Mobility and Enterprise and Engagement at the Faculty of Science (University of Alicante). She received her Bachelor in Biology in 1998 (University of Alicante) and her PhD in 2003 (Biochemistry, University of Alicante). She undertook post-doctoral research at the University of East Anglia (Norwich, U.K. 2004-2005; 2007-2008). Her multidisciplinary research focuses on investigating archaea and their potential applications in biotechnology. She has an H-index of 21. She has authored one patent and has published more than 70 indexed papers and around 60 book chapters. She has contributed to more than 150 national and international meetings during the last 15 years. Her research interests include archaea metabolism, enzymes purification and characterization, gene regulation, carotenoids and bioplastics production, antioxidant compounds, waste water treatments, and brines bioremediation. Rosa María’s other roles include editorial board member for several journals related to biochemistry, reviewer for more than 60 journals (biochemistry, molecular biology, biotechnology, chemistry and microbiology) and president of several organizing committees in international meetings related to the N-cycle or respiratory processes.

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