Raquel Zúñiga Rojas, PhD
Departamento de Procesos Tecnológicos e Industriales
Tel. 36693434 Ext. 3162
Location: I Building 209
Dr. Zúñiga has a PhD and Master's degree in Biotechnology and Food Industries from the École Nationale Supérieure d'Agronomie et des Industries Alimentaires, in France, as well as a Bachelor's Degree in Food Industry from the Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey.
From 2002 to 2005 she worked at the Center for Research and Assistance in Technology and Design of the State of Jalisco (CIATEJ), developing functional foods and studying the glycemic index and load of different foods. In 2001, she provided outside consulting to Laboratorio Alpharma for the development of multi-vitamin formulas within the framework of the national health campaign. Since 2007 she has been an evaluator for the Accreditation Council for the Teaching of Engineering (CACEI, in its initials in Spanish), as well as a member of the Technical Commission for Bioengineering Programs.
She has been a professor at ITESO in the Department of Technological and Industrial Porcesses (DPTI) since 2005. From 2005 to 2014 she coordinated the Undergraduate Program in Food Engineering. From 2014 to 2016 she sat on the Research Commission of the Academic Dean's Office. From 2015 to 2017 she coordinated the DPTI's Professional Application Projects, and has been a member of the DPTI Council since 2014. She coordinates the Basic Academic Unit in Food Innovation and Bioengineering, and as of July 2017, coordinates the Undergraduate Program in Food Engineering.
She has worked on research projects involving prickly-pear cactus; meat, cereal and fruit products with functional properties; the determination of the glycemic index and glycemic load of foods produced in Jalisco with corn-based sweeteners; fermented dairy products; agave fructooligosaccharides, among others.
In ITESO's University-Business Center (CUE, in its initials in Spanish), she has collaborated on production process documentation and improvement for the company Bebidas y Alimentos de Soya Especializados S.A. de C.V., and worked on process standardization and documentation for the company El Tequeño. In 2010, she was project leader at ITESO-Microbusiness for the development and characterization of a functional symbiotic ice cream with a specific nutritional balance. She collaborated on the design, development and shelf-life study of a tuna ham and fermented drinks. She worked on the development of a synergic symbiotic functional food based on soy-amaranth and agave fructans. She collaborated on the development of a mezcal cream and on the selection of equipment for its industrial processing as part of an ITESO-Medium Business project. She was the project leader of a bioreactor for producing probiotics of the genera Lactobacillus and Bifidobacterium by fed batch. She was the leader of a project for the use of renewable energy to improve the manufacturing process of seafood products, in collaboration with ITESO, CUCBA and the company Chajar S.A. de C.V. Leader of the CONACYT-FONCICYT Mexico-Quebec Mobility Fund project for developing algal ingredients with an improved nutritional value for human and animal consumption.
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Arias O., A. Berenice; Reyes M., M.de la Luz; Navarro V., M. Lilia; Solis C., Y. Berenice; Márquez G., Mayra; Sanchez S., Gloria; Snell C., Raúl; Zuñiga R., Raquel. 2013. Antagonistic effect of probiotic strains against two pathogens: Salmonella Typhimurium and E. coli O157:H7 resistant to antibiotics. e-Gnosis, vol. 11, pp.1-16.
Zúñiga R., Arias L. (2015). Composición de medio de cultivo para favorecer el desarrollo y crecimiento de los cultivos probióticos Lactobacillusplatarum y Bifidobacteriumanimalis. Solicitud de patente MX/a/2015/01059, ante el Instituto Mexicano de la Propiedad Industrial (IMPI). (Composition of culturing medium for favoring the development and growth of the probiotic cultures Lactobacillus platarum and Bifidobacterium animalis. Patent application MX/a/2015/01059, to the Mexican Intellectual Property Institute (IMPI, in its initials in Spanish)).