Dr. Francisco Cruz Sosa

Dr. Francisco Cruz Sosa obtained a degree in chemistry from the Faculty of Chemistry of the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) in 1979, a MSc from UNAM in 1984 and a PhD from the UNAM in 1988. He joined the Biotechnology Department of the Metropolitan Autonomous University-Iztapalapa (UAM-Iztapalapa, Mexico City) in 1984, where he is currently Full Professor, belongs to the National System of Researchers (SNI, CONACYT-Mexico) and the Mexican Academy of Sciences (AMC-Mexico). Since joining Biotechnology Department, he was appointed professor of general and organic chemistry courses and from October 1989 to August 2008 he was head of the Natural Products Area of Biotechnology Department. His research focuses on the production of secondary metabolites as bioactive compounds of interest from plants and plant organs in cell cultures and plant tissues. In addition, it participates in the design of micro and nanoencapsulation systems for the protection of secondary metabolites as bioactive compounds and with controlled release capacity. He is the author of 60 articles in Web of Science (Clarivate Analytics) and 7 chapters of books. He has organized five national congresses and presented 6 invited conferences. Under his direction, two bachelor, eleven MSc and twenty PhD thesis have been completed.