Dr. Janet Gutiérrez is an associate professor in the NutriOmics research group at the School of Engineering and Sciences from Tecnológico de Monterrey, and Director of the Department of Bioengineering and Science from the South Region of Tecnológico de Monterrey. She is a food engineer with graduate studies on biotechnology. For over 15 years, she has been working on the phytochemistry and nutritional biochemistry of phenolic compounds and other nutraceuticals. Particularly, her research is focused on Mexican foods such as black bean, cacti, agave and maize. She has published more than 90 papers in different prestigious journals and is the inventor of more than 10 patents and applications in Mexico and abroad. She has graduated more than 25 graduate students and her teaching skills go beyond lectures. Working with industry and social services are her main drivers in the development of challenges related to biochemistry, molecular biology, cell culture and nutraceutical discovery and characterization. In 2017, the State of Nuevo Leon awarded her with the medal for the Civic Merit due to her research career.
She is a member of the National Researchers Council, currently as Level 2 (3 of 4). Member of the technical committee of the National Network for Research on functional foods and nutraceuticals (AlfaNutra) and participant in CYTED Network for Foods with Probiotic functionality for malnourished childen (PROINFANT). Additionally, since 2018, she is a part of the Young Scientists selected by the World Economic Forum. Dr. Gutiérrez has collaboration with different universities and research centers in Mexico and abroad. Nanyang Technological University, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, CSIC, Unversidad Politécnica de Valencia, Johns Hopkins University, Purdue University are some examples of the institutions where she has collaborations. Additionally, she has worked in research projects with PEPSICO, Kellogs, Griffith Foods, Agmel, Fundación FEMSA, Fondo ZH and CONACyT.