About Dr. Rodrigo Franco

(Rodrigo Franco-Cruz)

Associate Professor, School of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences

Member Redox Biology Center (RBC)

Courtesy Appointment, Department of Environmental Agricultural and Occupational Health. College of Public Health, University of Nebraska-Medical Center


Dr. Rodrigo Franco Cruz
  • Research Interests

    Redox signaling with an emphasis in thiol-redox homeostasis and oxidative protein cysteine modifications

    Cell death pathways (apoptosis, autophagy and necrosis) involved in neuronal cell death associated with neurotoxicity, neurodegenerative disorders, ischemia and brain injury

    The implications of cellular bioenergetics and metabolism in the regulation of cell death/survival

  • Education & Training

    1996-2000. National University of Mexico (UNAM). School of Sciences. B. S. in Biology

    2000-2004. National University of Mexico (UNAM). Cell Physiology Institute. Ph.D. in Sciences (Biomedical sciences) Advisor: Prof. Herminia Pasantes Morales

    2004-2009. Postdoctoral Fellow. Laboratory of Signal Transduction, National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, NIH. Research Triangle Park, NC 27709. Supervisor: Dr. John A. Cidlowski

  • Awards, Fellowships and Recognitions

    2001 and 2003. Young Investigator Travel Award. International Society for Neurochemistry (ISN)

    2001. Basic Neurochemistry School (Scholarship). International Society for Neurochemistry.

    2002. Young Investigator Travel Award. American Society for Neurochemistry (ASN)

    2005. Marie Curie Scholarship. European Cell Death Organization

    2007 and 2009. Travel Award. American Society of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (ASBMB). Experimental Biology

    2007. Martin Rodbell Travel Award, National Institutes of Environmental Health Sciences, National Institutes of Health

    2008. Travel Award. Keystone Symposia Scholarship. Cell Death in the Immune System.

    2006-present. National Program of Researchers (SNI) Level III. CONACYT, Mexico

    2010. Layman Award. Office of Research. University of Nebraska-Lincoln

    2014. SIGMA XI Outstanding Young Scientist Award (University of Nebraska Chapter)

    2016. Visiting Distinguished Professor. Mexican Academy of Sciences (AMC) and Mexico-EUA Science Foundation (FUMEC)

  • Professional Memberships

    2009-2015.  Member of the Society for Free Radical Biology and Medicine

    2012-present. Regular Member of the Society for Neuroscience

    2013-present. Full Member of the Society of Toxicology

    2015-present. Numerary Member. Mexican Society of Biochemistry (SMB)

  • Editorial Boards

    2020-present. Editorial Advisory Board. Chemical Research in Toxicology. Chemical Research in Toxicology

    2019-present. Editorial Board. Neurotoxicology (Associate Editor 2020-present). Neurotoxicology

    2018-present. Editorial Board (Associate Editor for Neurodegeneration). Frontiers in Neuroscience Frontiers in Neuroscience

    2017-present. Editorial Board. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health.

    2016-present. Editorial Board (Review Editor in Signaling). Frontiers in Cell and Developmental Biology

    2016-present. Associate Editor. Biomedicine and Pharmacotherapy

    2015-present. Editorial Board. Oxidative Medicine and Cellular Longevity

    2014-present. Academic Editor. PLOS ONE

    2009-present. Editorial Board. Toxicology Mechanisms and Methods.

    2011-present. Editorial Board. Chemico-Biological Interactions.

  • Publons Profile
  • Other professional experience

    2003-2004. Teaching Professor in Physiology. Bachelor in Biology Program. School of Sciences. Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico. Av. Insurgentes Sur 3000, Circuito Exterior. Ciudad Universitaria, Mexico D.F. C.P. 04510.

    2001. Visiting Scientist. Biochemical Department. August Krogh Institute, University of Copenhagen, Copenhagen, Denmark.

    2009. Principal Investigator. Department of Toxicology. Center of Advanced Studies and Research of the National Polytechnic Institute (CINVESTAV). Mexico City, D.F. Mexico.