Laboratory of Foodomics

Alejandro Cifuentes

Full Research Professor

Curriculum Vitae


Dr. Alejandro Cifuentes (picture) is a Full Research Professor at the Institute of Food Science Research (CIAL), belonging to the National Research Council of Spain (CSIC), Madrid, Spain and head of the Laboratory of Foodomics. He has defined for the first time in a SCI journal the new discipline of Foodomics (see J. Chromatogr. A 1216 (2009) 7109Electrophoresis 31 (2010) 205 and/or Mass Spec. Rev. 31 (2012) 49-69).

He has been Founding Director of the Institute of Food Science Research (CIAL) and Deputy Director of Institute of Industrial Fermentations (CSIC) during the period 2007-2010. He is Scientific Director of the Platform of Metabolomics at CIAL belonging to the Excelence Campus CEI-UAM+CSIC.
He is Editor of Electrophoresis and TrAC-Trends in Analytical Chemistry and member of the Editorial Boards of other 17 international journals including Journal of Chromatography A, Journal of Separation Science, Food Analytical Methods, International Journal of Molecular Sciences, Journal of Pharmaceutical Analysis, Heliyon, etc.
He is author in over 270 SCI papers ( and, 30 books and book chapters and 9 patents. Dr. Cifuentes has participated in 50 different R+D projects (supported by regional, national and international public institutions and companies) acting as Principal Researcher in 26 of them. Alejandro holds different national and international awards.

During his career, Dr. Cifuentes has been responsible for training more than 40 people including doctoral and postdoctoral students, M.Sc. students and technicians from Spain and abroad. He has also participated as invited lecturer in more than 200 symposia arranged by different national and international institutions from Asia, Europe, America, Africa and Oceania.

His running research lines include:
-Foodomics: developing new -omics- approaches in Food Science related to diet, colon cancer and Alzheimer.
-Detection of genetically modified organisms (GMOs, transgenic foods) and food pathogens using PCR techniques combined with capillary gel electrophoresis-laser induced fluorescence.
-Capillary electrophoresis and capillary electrophoresis-mass spectrometry applied for food quality and food safety.
-Chiral molecules as food-quality markers analyzed by capillary electrophoresis.
-Characterization of functional ingredients from natural sources (plants, alga and microalga) by capillary electrophoretic (CE) and chromatographic techniques (HPLC, GC and MS) as well as by in vitro assays. 



 His best portrait


  With Jose Carlos (Orlando, 1992)

A good group (Granada, 1992)


With Alberto and Mercedes (Amsterdam, 1993)


Alberto's talks (Enschede, 1993)

With Hans (San Diego, 1994)


With Roy, Mercedes, Remco and Evelijn (Madrid, 1995)

With Karoly (Budapest, 2001)

With Matthias (Leipzig, 2002)

With Ivan and Ernst (Vienna, 2003)

With Kitty (La Paz, Mexico, 2004)


With Franta (Madrid, 2005)


With a nice group (Beijing, 2005)

With Salvatore (Rome, 2005)


With Marina (Guaruja, Brasil, 2005)


With Mihkel and Mihkel (Tallin, 2006)


With Cristina (York, 2006)


With Elena (Kyoto, 2006)


With a nice group (Bremen, 2007)


With Luigi and Elena (Granada, 2007)


With Ramon and Phil (Weihenstephan, Germany, 2007)


With a nice group (Marina's house, Sao Paulo, 2007)

With Elena, Irene and Pedro (Iguazu, 2007)


With Dietricht and Amparo (Melbourne, 2007)


With Bedia and Nihat (Istanbul, 2008)


With a nice group at Etna (ITP2008, Sicily)


With a good group (CECE2008, Brno, Czech Republic)


With Jonas (Uppsala, Sweden, 2008)



With Zhenpeng Guo and Xiaoyu Wang (BCEIA2009, Beijing, 2009)


With Miguel Angel (close to Cork, Irlanda, 2009)



  With Celia and her group, Taiwan. 2010


  With Shaoping, Macao. 2010



  With Shaoping and Zhi-Hong. Hong Kong. 2010


With Ziad, Madrid 2010

With a good group, Florianopolis, Brasil, 2010

With Martha and Junior, Cali, Colombia, Feb 2011

With Alejandra, Adri and Elena. Montevideo, February 2013



With Franta, Stellan y Ferenc. Pecs, Hungary, April 2013


With Ana, Vaclav y Christian, Praga, Nov 2013


With Kalina, Morelos, Mexico June 2014


With a good group, Saltzburg, Sept. 2014


With a good group, Tblisi, Sept 2014


With Salvatore, Madrid, Abril 2015


With Kalina, Arnoldo y Omar, Morelos, Mexico, June 2015


Athens, Greece, 2014


Copenhagen, Denmark, 2014


Stockholm, Sweden, 2015


With a big group, AECID course, Sta. Cruz de la Sierra, Bolivia, 2015


With Patricia, Pretoria, South Africa, 2015


Thomas Moore Univ, Amberes, Belgium, 2015



MachuPichu 2016


With Oliver, Essen, Germany, January 2017


With Prof. Bi and Dr. Zhou, Beijing, 2018


With Prof. Zhaowei Zhang, Wuhan, 2019


With Prof. Cao, Xian, 2019