Lorenzo Pastrana

University of Vigo, Spain


Lorenzo Pastrana received his M.S. degree in pharmacy, specializing in nutrition and food science, in 1987, and Ph.D. degree in nutrition and food science at the University of Santiago de Compostela, Spain, in 1991. He is a Visiting Researcher at the Laboratoire de Bioprocedées (Professor Goma), Institut National de Sciences Appliquées (INSA), Toulouse, France (1990, 1992, and 1994). His main investigation areas are production and application of probiotic lactic acid bacteria and bacteriocins for use in animal feed and active packages; production, purification, chemical and functional characterization, and application of microbial amylases, proteases, and lipases particularly focused on thermophilic microorganisms; development of new feed and food products and ingredients from subproducts of the food industry and improvement of their safety (effect of heat and organic acid combined treatments to hygienize foodstuffs); development of analytical tools for assay biological activities of bioactive molecules including bioassays; and development of intelligent nanodevices based on hydrogels to control the release of food preservatives in active packaging. In the last years, several procedures to improve and optimize the production of bacteriocins as well as other biomolecules have been developed, patented, and licensed. In addition, the team has performed trials with different farm animals to demonstrate the functionality of different new formulations of animal feed including enzymes, lactic acid bacteria, and short-chain organic acid. Finally, the team has elucidated the relation of structure and function and crystallization and resolution of the 3D structure of a microbial lipase, research that currently is being extended to a new thermophilic esterase. In relation to the aforementioned expertise, he possesses more than one hundred of scientific contributions (including SCI papers, books, and patents).

Biography Updated on 11 March 2012

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