UNAM (Mexico) Joint Research Program

Spring 2014 - The Office of International Programs (OIP) congratulates the recipients of an exciting new program that will fund collaborative research conducted by teams of faculty from the College of Agricultural, Consumer, and Environmental Sciences (ACES) and the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM). 

Located in Mexico City with nearly 325,000 students, UNAM is Mexico’s largest university and one of Latin America’s most recognized institutions.

The program is funded in equal shares by the ACES Office of Research and UNAM and focuses on the following thematic areas: Nutrition and Human Health, Biofuels and Energy, Global Climate Change, Natural Resources and Sustainability, and Economic and Community Development

The selected investigators and projects are:

Prof. Yuji Arai, Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences, and Prof. Villalobos (UNAM): “Optimization of a Geochemical Remediation Technology for Hexavalent Chromium using Magnetite”

Prof. Katherine Baylis, Department of Agricultural and Consumer Economics, and Prof. Maria Ramirez (UNAM): “Examining the Impact of Forest Conservation Policies”

Prof. Hong Chen, Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition, and Prof. Recillas-Targa (UNAM): “Epigenetic Modifications that Determine the Development of Colon Cancer”

Prof. Elvira DeMejia, Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition, and Prof. Luis Medina Torres (UNAM): “Comprehensive in Vitro and in Vivo Evaluation of Bioactive Peptides to Regulate Glucose Homeostasis in Type-2 Diabetes”

Prof. Brian Diers, Department of Crop Sciences, and Prof. Valdez-Lopez: “Harnessing the Genetic Diversity of Soybean to Understand its Responses to Phosphorus Deficiency”

Prof. Yuan-Xiang Pan, Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition and Prof. Ostosky-Wegman (UNAM) “Obesogenic Diet as a Risk Factor for Metabolic Genotoxic Alterations in Offspring”

Prof. Michael Ward, Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences, and Prof. Sanchez-Gonzalez (UNAM): “Habitat Selection by Migrating Birds through the Yucatan Peninsula”