Dr. María Herranz López

Assistant Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Universidad Miguel Hernandez


Molecular Diagnostic and Therapies


Bioactive Molecules

Natural bioactive compounds and biomembranes

+ 34 522 25 86


  • Biocompounds as agents with potential anti-obesity effects.
  • Cosmetics and functional foods: screening and bioactivity of new ingredients for cosmetics and food formulations.


  • Previous positions:
    1. Early Stage Research Fellow from CSIC in CEBAS/CSIC. 2007.
    2. Early Stage Research Fellow from Fundación para la Formación e Investigación Sanitarias de la Región de Murcia (FFIS). Unidad de Endocrinología y Nutrición. Hospital Universitario Virgen de la Arrixaca. 2007-2008.
    3. Predoctoral fellow researcher in Instituto de Biología Molecular y Celular, Universidad Miguel Hernández, Spain, 2008-2009.
    4. Predoctoral fellow from the Generalitat Valenciana (BFPI) in 2009.
    5. Predoctoral fellow from the Ministerio de educación (FPU) in 2009-2010.
    6. Predoctoral fellow from the Generalitat Valenciana, Programa VALi+d para investigadores en formación, 2010-2014.
    7. Scholarship for short stays (BEFPI) at Centro de Recerca Biomédica (Reus). Hospital San Juan de Reus. 2013.
    8. Scientific researcher, Mitra Sol. Technologies, 2014-2015.
    9. Postdoctoral researcher, Instituto Biología Molecular y Celular, Universidad Miguel Hernández, Spain, 2015-2016.
  • Postdoctoral positions:
  • PhD programme: Molecular and Cellular Biology, Universidad Miguel Hernández, 2014.
  • Degrees in Human Nutrition and Dietetics (2006) and Food Science and Technologies (2008).


Contreras M., et al. (2016)

Electrophoresis, DOI: 10.1002/elps.201500375

Further exploring the absorption and enterocyte metabolism of quercetin forms in the 1 Caco-2 model using nano-LC-TOF-MS.

Herranz-López M., Barrajón-Catalán E., et al. (2015)

Phytomedicine, DOI: 10.1016/j.phymed.2015.03.015

Lemon verbena (Lippia citriodora) polyphenols alleviate obesity-related disturbances in hypertrophic adipocytes through AMPK-dependent mechanisms.

Quirantes-Piné R., et al. (2013)

Phytomedicine, DOI: 10.1016/j.phymed.2013.05.007

Phenylpropanoids and their metabolites are the major compounds responsible for blood-cell protection against oxidative stress after administration of Lippia citriodora in rats.

Fernández-Arroyo S., ET AL. (2012)

Molecular Nutrition & Food Research, DOI: 10.1002/mnfr.201200091

Bioavailability study of a polyphenol-enriched extract from Hibiscus sabdariffa in rats and associated antioxidant status.

Herranz-López M., et al. (2012)

Phytomedicine, DOI: 10.1016/j.phymed.2011.12.001

Synergism of plant-derived polyphenols in adipogenesis: Perspectives and implications.