Adriana Pacheco Moscoa, Ph.D.

Adriana Pacheco Moscoa, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Research Areas:

  • Environmental and industrial microbiology
  • Microbial ecology
  • Omics of microorganisms of interest

Dr. Adriana Pacheco obtained her bachelor's degree in forestry from the Technological Institute of Costa Rica (Cartago, Costa Rica) in 1999. In 2001, she obtained a M.Sc. degree in biology at the University of Costa Rica (San José, Costa Rica), and in 2006 she completed her doctoral studies in environmental engineering sciences at the University of Florida (Gainesville, FL, USA), where she worked in bioremediation of chlorinated compounds by methanotrophic bacteria. In the latter, she did a one-year postdoctoral position at the Department of Microbiology and Cell Sciences (University of Florida), working with coenzyme biosynthesis in methanogenic archaea and methylotrophic bacteria.

In January 2008, Adriana Pacheco joined the Department of Biotechnology and Food Engineering at Tecnológico de Monterrey (Monterrey campus) as an assistant professor.

As a full-time research professor, Dr. Pacheco has conducted research in CO2 capture by microalgae as a promising mitigation strategy for greenhouse gases. Her research group possesses a collection of environmental microalgae that have been acclimated to high CO2 atmospheres and it is now studying their transcriptome to elucidate their adaptation strategy. She also works in metagenomic characterization of microbial consortia of environmental interest as for biogas production and plant-microbe beneficial interactions. Currently, she is conducting a three-year project on microbial inoculation of important agricultural cultivars of the Northeast Mexico, to develop inoculants that promote plant growth for a sustainable agriculture. She has been advisor of nine master´s and three doctoral theses at Tecnológico de Monterrey, and has participated as referee in more than 20 thesis projects.

In 2014 she was promoted to associate research professor. Dr. Pacheco is a member of the National Researchers Council of Mexico, currently as SNI Level 1.





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