Prof. Cristobal N. Aguilar was Dean of the School of Chemistry (2014-2018), head of the Deparment of Research & Postgraduate Program (2007-2014) and Leader of the Food Research Dept (2000-2007) at the same School. Prof. Aguilar is a member level III of S.N.I. (Mexican System of Researchers) from 1998, receiving several prizes and awards among which the most important are: National Prize of Research 2010 of the Mexican Academy of Sciences, the Prize “Carlos Casas Campillo 2008” of the Mexican Society of Biotechnology and Bioenegineering, National Prize AgroBio-2005 and the Mexican Price in Food Science and Technology. CONACYT-Coca Cola México 2003. Prof. Aguilar has developed more than 25 research projects, including 8 international exchange projects (ECOS-Nord and alpha network-EU and Marie Curie EU). He has been advisor of 23 PhD thesis, 30 MSc thesis and 60 BSc thesis. Recently is now a regular member of the Mexican Academy of Science (2014) and member of the International Bioprocessing Association (IBA-IFIBiop).
I am currently working on the development of biotechnological strategies for microbial production of nutraceuticals and bioactive agents (pigments, phenolic antioxidants, prebiotics, spores, enzymes, etc.) by solid state culture or emerging technologies (microwave, ultrasound, enzymatic tools etc.) for use in food functionalization through membrane technology and micro-encapsulation for agricultural and pharmaceutical sectors. All biological resources that we use ihave been isolated from the semi-desert region of Coahuila, Mexico.