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Cheese whey valorization through the production of commercial interest compounds and functional beverages

ABG-100541 Thesis topic
2021-10-13 Other public funding
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Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey
Querétaro - Mexico
Cheese whey valorization through the production of commercial interest compounds and functional beverages
  • Biotechnology
  • Agronomy, agri food
Cheese whey valorization, functional fermented beverages, bioactive peptides

Topic description

Cheese whey is a by-product obtained after cheese production. This product presents important nutritional properties. Nevertheless, it is discarded into rivers and lands in small rural communities, causing important pollution issues.  


The project focuses principally on valorizing the cheese whey instead of being discarded. This research is divided into two important research lines:

  1. One line focused on producing a fermented functional beverage that could be consumed directly in the communities. This subject includes evaluating fermentation conditions and their impact on the produced bioactive and prebiotic compounds and probiotic microorganisms.
  2. The second one is focused on the production of bioactive peptides with specific functions from the whey proteins. This subject includes the evaluation of the best proteolytic systems to obtain the bioactive peptides, the purification, identification and biological activities evaluation

Starting date


Funding category

Other public funding

Funding further details

Scholarship by CONACyT (Mexican ministry of science and technology, according to its regulations).

Presentation of host institution and host laboratory

Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey

The Nutriomics and Emerging technologies research group of Tecnologico de Monterrey, is a National scale research group. Researchers of the Bioengineering department on campus Querétaro, part of this research group, works in different research lines focused in de development of nutraceutical foods, its characterization, and its process and preservation.


For this call, Teresita Martín del Campo, PhD, (Core Researcher) is recruting two candidates to work in this research line.

PhD title

Ph. D. in Biotechnology (DBT)

Country where you obtained your PhD


Institution awarding doctoral degree

Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey

Graduate school

Candidate's profile

Candidates must possess a bachelor's and a master degree in life sciences, engineering, or bio-related areas, equivalent to a minimum cumulative grade point average (CGPA) of 90/100; to have sufficient background in biochemistry, cellular biology, and engineering fundamentals at a basic level and fulfill all the requisites or their equivalents.

To apply for admission, applicants must submit the institutional documents, in addition to those specifically required by the graduate program

  1. Obtain a score required for the program in the TOEFL English proficiency test.
  2. Take the Tecnológico de Monterrey's Graduate Admission Test (PAEP test) and obtain the score required for the program or a score equivalent in other tests authorized by the Institution.
  3. Take 3 exams of background knowledge in the field of study.  
  4. Initial interview with a research professor who will serve as their thesis director to obtain a letter of support
  5. Academic interview with the program director. 
  6. Submit the admission application together with all the documentation required.  
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