Associate Professor at the Department of Nutrition and Food Science, Universidad de Sevilla, Spain
Dr. Meléndez has a PhD in Pharmacy from Universidad de Sevilla (2005), where he is Associate Professor at the Department of Nutrition and Food Science. He carries out his research in the Food Colour & Quality group (http://www.color.us.es/esp/). He has multidisciplinary training on carotenoids acquired at Universidad de Sevilla (Food Science), University of Liverpool (Biologial Sciences, G. Britton´s lab), University of London (Plant Sciences, P. Fraser and P. Bramley´s lab) and USDA-HNRCA at Tufts University, Boston (Nutrition and Health. X-D. Wang´s lab.). Over 15 years he has worked on several aspects of carotenoids, like 1) the development of rapid methodologies for their assessment based on instrumental colour measurements for quality control and field applications, 2) HPLC analysis, 3) the study of their occurrence and deposition in foods, microorganisms, animals and other matrices, 4) their bioaccessibility and bioavailability, 5) isomerisation, 6) oxidation, 7) cleavage, etc. His current main research interest are their biological actions and their usefulness as food ingredients. He has been a fellow of very competitive international and national research programmes like Marie Curie, Juan de la Cierva and Ramon y Cajal (2005-12). He is the coordinator of the CYTED-funded “Ibero-American network for the study of CARS as food ingredients (IBERCAROT)” comprising >50 groups (academia, industry, cooperation for development) from 15 countries (http://carotenoides.us.es). He also actively collaborates in other aspects of carotenoid research with many other teams around the world. Some of his awards and achievements are the Extraordinary Prize of Doctorate of Universidad de Sevilla (2006), the
Manuel Losada Villasante Award to the Excellence in Agrifood Research (2014) and the
International Carotenoid Society George Britton Award for Young Investigator (2014).
He is an elected councilor of the International Carotenoid Society
and has chaired the international workshops “Carotenoids as Food Ingredients” (Seville, Spain, 2012) and “Panorama of Carotenoid Research in Ibero-America”. (San José de Costa Rica, 2014). He referees research projects for European and American agencies as well as papers for more than 30 journals. Currently he serves in the editorial board of 3 of them. He has supervised undergraduate, MSc, PhD and postdoctoral students and imparted seminars and courses on carotenoids at different institutions.