Dr. Jaime Garcia-Mena is a Director of Research of the Laboratory of Environmental Genomics, Departamento de Genética y Biología Molecular at the Centro de Investigación y de Estudios Avanzados del IPN (Cinvestav). He received his B. Sc. with a major in Microbiology in 1986 from the “Escuela Nacional de Ciencias Biológicas IPN” in Mexico City, in 1992 obtained his Ph. D. in Molecular Biology, from the “Centro de Investigación y de Estudios Avanzados”. In 1993 he made a research stay at the “Institut de Biologie Physico-Chimique” in Paris, France, and from 1994 to 1997 postdoctoral training at the “Department of Microbiology, University of Connecticut Health Center”, Farmington USA. He joined Cinvestav as a Faculty member back in 1997. In 1992, he was awarded the “Wood-Whelan Research Fellowship” from the International Union of Biochemistry; in 2004, he received the “International Exchange Programme Award for Young Scientists” by the British Council in Mexico City. In 2010, he obtained a Nature Publishing Group Travel Award; in 2012, he obtained a Mexican CANIFARMA 2012 award on Clinic Research. In 2015 obtained a research award by the Miguel Alemán A. C. Foundation, and the “2015 Fomento a la Investigación Award” by the Mexican Research Council on Health and Beer. He develops work on environmental genomics, in research projects related to the typification of microbial diversity in environmental, biotechnological, and human-disease. Projects about the profiling of expression levels of genes associated with Type 2 Diabetes and obesity in Mexican population; research work on gene expression in bacteria, and work on anti-cancer and therapies in mouse models. Member of the Mexican National Researcher System (SNI II) has authored and coauthored 61 original peer-review papers with more than 680 citations; 3 book chapter, and 75 in extenso papers in international meetings. He has also completed the direction of 6 Ph. D.; 20 M. Sc.; and 12 B. Sc. theses.
Microbial diversity in environmental, biotechnological, and human-disease