Research Program. Precision Nutrition and Obesity
Nutritional Genomics and Epigenomics Group
Group leader: Prof. José María Ordovás Muñoz
Objectives: our group aims to provide genomic tools and knowledge to manage obesity and
related co-morbidites at the individual level through:
- The identification of genetic variants predisposing to obesity.
- The definition of how these variants interact with the diet to modulate such predisposition.
- The understanding of the dietary modulation of the how diet is able to modulate the obesogenic epigenome.
José María Ordovás Muñoz
Director of the Precision Nutrition and Obesity Program and Group leader of the Nutritional Genomics and Epigenomics Group
José M. Ordovás, PhD, is Professor of Nutrition and Genetics and a Senior Scientist at the USDA-HNRCA at Tufts in Boston, and Director of the Nutrition and Genomics Laboratory. Dr. Ordovás graduated from the University of Zaragoza and did postdoctoral work at the MIT, Harvard and Tufts. He has published over 700 scientific articles in peer review journals (h-index 92) and written numerous reviews and books. In this regard, he is considered one of the most distinguished world experts in gene-diet interactions related to cardiovascular traits. Throughout his career, Dr. Ordovás has received multiple honors for his scientific achievements. He has been awarded an honorary degree in Medicine from the University of Córdoba in Spain and he is Member of the Royal Academies of Sciences, Medicine, Nutrition and Pharmacy.
Phone: +34 91 727 81 00
Dr. Lidia A. Daimiel Ruiz
Dr. Lidia Daimiel Ruiz graduated in Biology at Universidad Autónoma de Madrid where she carried out postgraduate studies about the genetic and epigenetics alterations associate with colorectal cancer onset and progression, under the supervision of Prof. Juan José González Aguilera and Prof. Mª Antonia Fernández. The studies conducive to her PhD were developed at Hospital Ramón y Cajal and were focused in the study of cholesterol-mediated gene regulation, under the supervision of Dr. Javier Martínez-Botas. She joined IMDEA Food in 2011 to carry out her postdoctoral research under the supervision of Prof. Jose Mª Ordovás. Her research at IMDEA Food focuses on the dietary modulation of the epigenetic mechanisms associate with cardiovascular disease. Along her career, she has published her results in international peer-review journals of the first quartile and high impact. Additionally, she carries out teaching activities as Associate Professor at Universidad San Pablo CEU. In the last years, Dr. Lidia Daimiel has joined to the prestigious consortium PREDIMED-PLUS as Principal Investigator at IMDEA Food, is supervising PhD Thesis and has performed a postdoctoral stay as Visiting Professor of the Vascular Biology and Therapeutics program at Yale University.
Phone: +34 91 727 81 00 ext. 309
Dr. Ruth Blanco Rojo
Dr. Ruth Blanco Rojo holds a PhD in Nutritional Sciences (2012), a Diploma in Human Nutrition and Dietetics and a B.Sc. in Food Science and Technology by Universidad Complutense de Madrid. She worked as Postdoctoral Researcher in the department of Nutrition and Metabolism in the ICTAN-CSIC from 2012 to 2013, and then she joined the group of Nutrigenomics and Metabolic Syndrome in the IMIBIC (Córdoba) with a Sara Borrell Contract from 2014 to 2017.
During this period, she has also done a Postdoctoral Research Stay in the Nutrition and Genomics Laboratory of the USDA-HNRCA at Tufts University in Boston (USA), from 2015 to 2016. Her scientific career has been focused on the study of the role of the diet in the prevention of chronic diseases, as well as on the identification of diet-gene interaction that could be also implicated in the modulation of these diseases risk. She participated in diverse national and international research projects, such as the Nutrición-Genética-Hierro project, the FLEXI-MET, the CORDIOPREV trial and the NUTRITECH study.
Her research experience is substantiated by the publication of numerous scientific articles in high impact factor journals and book chapters; and participation in diverse conferences of national and international scope. Additionally, she carries out teaching activities as Associate Professor at Universidad Isabel I. She joined IMDEA Food in June 2017 as a Postdoctoral Researcher in the Precision Nutrition and Obesity Research Program.
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Víctor Micó Moreno
Victor Micó Moreno studied at Complutense University of Madrid where he completed his degree in Human Nutrition and Dietetics (2010). Later, at Balearic Islands University, he completed the nutrigenomics and Personalized Nutrition Master (2011) where he presented his final project: “Maternal caloric restriction during lactation can affect muscle metabolism in the offspring depending on gender and diet”. Finally, at Autónoma uiversity of Madrid, he completed his degree in Food Science and Technology (2013).
In 2014, Víctor was awarded the XIV Manuel de Oya scholarship for the project: “Influence of beer consumption on circulating microRNAs related to cardiovascular health. “Exogenous beer microRNAs as health-romoting agents”. In April 2014, Víctor joined IMDEA Food Insitute’s in the Nutritional Genomics and Epigenomics Group as apredoctoral researcher where he currently studies the effect of Caloric restriction on epigenetic mechanism and their influence on cardiovascular health and healthy aging.
Phone: +34 91 727 81 00, ext 311
Laura Berninches Pintado
Bacherlor’s degree of Science in Physical Activity and Sports and bachelor’s degree in Human Nutrition and Dietetics granted in the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid. Expert in diagnosis, treatment and management of obesity by the UNECertified ISAK (International Society for the Advancement of Kinanthropometry). Throughout his academic and professional career she has carried out various activities related to nutrition, physical activity, sport and health. She has collaborated with various public and private entities. As well she has participated as a member of the research team on the project “Evaluation of physical activity, fitness, anthropometry and body composition, and its relationship with diseases related to sedentary lifestyles” awarded by the Spanish institution Ministerio de Educación y Ciencia.
She is the author with other professionals of the published guide economic and healthyfood, the NGO. (Nutrición Sin Fronteras). In 2015 she joined IMDEA Food as a nutritionist in the Nutritional Genomics and Epigenomics Group. Her work focuses on the study Predimed plus “Effect of study of life based on a traditional Mediterranean diet with energy restriction, physical activity and behavioral therapy for the prevention of cardiovascular disease”.
Phone: + 34 91727 81 00, ext. 309
Javier Tapia Belloso
Diploma in Human Nutrition and Dietetics from the University of Zaragoza. Currently Graduated in Physiotherapy from the Universidad Europea de Madrid. Expert in Sports Nutrition and High Performance by the School of Sports Medicine of the Universidad Complutense de Madrid. Certified as Cineanthropometrist by ISAK (International Society for the Advancement of Kinanthropometry). Director and Coordinator of Leisure Time Educational Activities and Expert in School Dining, has participated in the planning of menus and nutrition education programs aimed at children. He has collaborated in A.D. Alcorcón SAD, coordinating the Nutrition Area of the base football.
Likewise, he has worked as Dietician-Nutritionist in the private clinic. In 2016 he joined IMDEA Food as a nutritionist in the Nutritional Genomics and Epigenomics Group. His work focuses on the study Predimed Plus “Effect of an intensive lifestyle intervention based on a traditional Mediterranean diet with energy restriction, physical activity and behavioral treatment on the prevention of cardiovascular disease.
Patricia Ortiz Leal
Paula Martínez Oca
Marta Bueno Tarodo
Elena Dueñas Martín
Joaquín García Cordero
Laura Antón Marcos
María Aguirre Lozano
Raquel Aguado Puertas
Javier Tapia Belloso
Joaquina Gabella de Prado
Carmen Fernández Márquez
José Antonio Celada Guerrero