Dr. Abel Moreno Cárcamo



Chemistry of Biomacromolecules

Address: Circuito Exterior s/n, Ciudad Universitaria. District Coyoacán. ZIP Code 04510 Mexico City. Mexico

Telephone: +52 (55) 56-22-44-67
Fax: +52 (55) 56-16-22-17





Dr. Moreno was awarded with the B.Sc. in Chemistry from the Autonomous University of Puebla (Mexico) in 1990; the Ph.D. in Chemistry was awarded from the University of Granada (Spain) in 1995. Nowadays, Dr. Moreno is Professor of Physical and Biological Chemistry (category "Titular C") at the Institute of Chemistry of the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) in Mexico City. He has been distinguished as member of the National System of Researchers of Mexico (SNI) in the level 3 (the maximum in the categories of the Mexican scientists), member of the Mexican Academy of Sciences, New York Academy of Sciences and member of the Mexican and American Chemical Societies.  Prof. Moreno has been visiting professor in sabbatical year at the University of Cambridge (England, 2009) and at the University of Strasbourg (France, 2003-2004). Dr. Moreno has been visiting scientist at the University of Luebeck and at the Institute of Crystal Growth (IKZ) Berlin (Germany, February 2004), at the University of Tohoku (Japan, Autumn 2003), at the Imperial College London (United Kingdom in 1999 and 2000 Summer-Autumn), at the University of California Riverside (USA, 1997).

He has published more than 82 papers in prestigious international journals. He is author of 14 chapters of book and 4 books of his specialty in Biological Crystallogenesis, Crystallochemistry, and in Biomineralization Processes.  Prof. Moreno was the former President of the International Organization for the Biological Crystallization from September 2010 to September 2012 (IOBCr). 





Doctor Moreno is an expert in Protein Crystallization, Crystal Growth Methods, Crystallochemistry, Biomineralization, and Structural Research using X-ray Diffraction, Scanning/Transmission Electron Microscopy, and Atomic Force Microscopy. His work and his contributions have been applied to Biological Chemistry and Biomedical Sciences. Doctor Moreno is a leading scientist in Protein Crystallogenesis, Crystal Growth, Protein Crystallochemistry, and Biomineralization Processes in Latin America.



Doctor Moreno has supervised undergraduate and postgraduate theses in different levels: 6 B.Sc., 4 M.Sc. and 6 Ph.D. theses. All his former PhD graduate students are performing research in Mexico and in the USA. 

1. Ph.D. Thesis "The biomineralization in living organisms and its applications to the egg-shell research" Ph.D. Program in Biomedical Sciences, UNAM. Juan Pablo Reyes-Grajeda Ph.D. August 2004.

2. Ph.D. Thesis "The biomineralization of Calcium Oxalate in Higher Plants" Ph.D. Program in Biomedical Sciences, UNAM. David Jáuregui Zúñiga, Ph.D. February 2005.

3. Ph.D. Thesis "Chemical and Structural Properties of Silica Hydrogels" Ph.D. Program in Materials Science, UNAM. Ekaterina Vinogradova Vladimirovna, Ph.D. April 2005.

4. Ph.D. Thesis "Protein Crystallization Under The Presence of an Electric Field" Ph.D. Program in Biomedical Sciences, UNAM. Nurit Mirkin Brill. October 2005.

5. Ph.D. Thesis "Biochemical and Structural Characterization of a Recombinant Protein from the Radicular Cement CEMP1 " Ph.D. Program in Biomedical Sciences, UNAM. Eduardo Villarreal Ramírez, Ph.D. November 2009.

6. Ph.D. Thesis "Chemical and Structural Research of Biological Macromolecules Involved into the Cardiovascular Precipitation of Calcium Phosphate" Ph.D. Program in Biomedical Sciences, UNAM. Azucena Eunice Jiménez Corona, Ph. D. August 2010.



Doctor Moreno is a Full Professor of Physical and Biological Chemistry; he was the Chair of the Lectures on Physical Chemistry for Biomedical Sciences (1997-2002), and from 2010 he is the Chair of the Course: Equilibrium and Kinetics in the undergraduate level at the Faculty of Chemistry UNAM. He was habilitated to supervise students into the PhD Graduate Programs in Biomedical, Biological, and Materials Sciences since 2000.



1. The Best Ph.D. Thesis in Materials Science Prize 1996. Awarded from the Materials Research Institute, UNAM (Mexico).

2. The Best Ph.D. Thesis awarded in 2000 from the University of Granada (Spain).

3. Member of the National System of Researchers in Mexico Level 3 (which is the highest academic and scientific ladder for scientists in the Mexican Republic equivalent to a Full Professor), this was awarded since 2007, renewed in 2012.

4. Member of the Mexican Academy of Sciences, New York Academy of Sciences, Mexican and American Chemical Societies and Mexican Society of Crystallography.

5. Former President of the International Organization for the Biological Crystallization (IOBCr: http://www.iobcr.org).


  • Siseth Martínez-Caballero, Mayra Cuéllar-Cruz, Nicola Demitri, Maurizio Polentarutti, Adela Rodríguez-Romero and Abel Moreno “Glucose isomerase polymorphs obtained using and ad hoc protein crystallization temperature device and growth cell applying and electric field”. Crystal Growth and Design 16 (2016) 1679-1686.
  • Esaú Bojórquez-Velázquez, Gisela J. Lino-López, José A. Huerta-Ocampo, Alberto Barrera-Pacheco, Ana P. Barba de la Rosa, Abel Moreno, N. Alejandra Mancilla-Margalli, Juan A. Osuna-Castro “Purification and biochemical characterization of 11S globulin from chan (Hyptis suaveolens L. Poit) seeds. Food Chemistry 192 (2016) 203-211.
  • Eugenio de la Mora, Edith Flores-Hernández, Jean Jakoncic, Vivian Stojanoff, Dritan Siliqi, Nuria Sánchez-Puig, Abel Moreno “SdsA polymorph isolation and improvement of their crystal quality using nonconventional crystallization techniques”. Journal of Applied Crystallography 48 (2015) 1551-1559.
  • Rayana R. Ruiz-Arellano, Francisco J. Medrano, Abel Moreno and Antonio Romero “Crystal Structure of Struthiocalcin-1, an Intramineral Protein from Struthio camelus Eggshell, in two crystal forms”. Acta Crystallographica Section D71 (2015) 809-818.
  • Rayana R. Ruiz-Arellano & Abel Moreno "Obtainment of Spherical-Shaped Calcite Crystals Induced by Intramineral Proteins Isolated from Eggshells of Ostrich and Emu" Crystal Growth and Design 14 (2014) 5137-5143.
  • Paola, Mendoza-Espinosa. Danai, Montalvan-Sorrosa, Victor, Garcia-Gonzalez, Abel Moreno, Rolando, Castillo, Jiame Mas. "Microenviromentally controlled secondary structure motifs of apolipoprotein A-I derived peptides. Mol. Cell. Biochem. 393 (2014) 99-109.
  • "Crystal Growth of Cholesterol in Hydrogels and its Characterization". Journal of Crystal Growth. 401 (2014) 242-247.
  • "Design of Molecular Devices Based on Metalloproteins: a New Approach. Journal of Materials Science: Materials in Electronics. 25(2014) 1354-1360.
  • Edith Flores-Hernández, Vivian Stojanoff, Roberto Arreguin-Espinosa, Abel Moreno and Nuria Sánchez-Puig. "An electrically assisted device for protein crystallization in a vapor diffusion set-up¨. Journal of Applied Crystallography, 46 (2013) 832-834.
  • Monique Gangloff, Abel Moreno, Nicholas J. Gay. "Liesegang-like patterns of Toll crystals grown in gels". Journal of Applied Crystallography 46 (2013) 337-345.