Marian Moralejo

Office: AB Building, office 1.09

+34 973-702858


PhD in Sciences, University of Lleida (Spain)
Master Degree in Biotechnology, University Autonomous of Barcelona (Spain)
Bachelor Degree in Biological Sciences, University of Granada (Spain)


My professional activities include R+D projects, germplasm transfer and genetic analysis for both public institutions and private companies. Research tasks support the development of new barley varieties with functional properties for human and animal consumption. In particular, varieties adapted to the Spanish conditions rich in bioactive compounds such as beta-glucans, arabinoxylans and phenolic compounds with antioxidant capacity, as well as varieties high in resistant starch. I’m working too on the development of high added value barley-bioproducts as beta-glucan extracts and enriched flours in bioactive components for nutraceutical or food purposes.

 Publications since 2017


  • Martínez-Subirà, M, Moralejo M, Puig E, Romero MP, Savin R, Romagosa I*(2021). Post‐anthesis thermal stress induces differential accumulation of bioactive compounds in field‐grown barley .Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture. . DOI: 10.1002/jsfa.11321
  • Martínez-Subirà, M, Moralejo M, Puig E, Romero MP, Savin R, Romagosa I*(2021). Impact of Rising Temperature in the Deposition Patterns of Bioactive Compoundsin Field Grown Food Barley Grains. Plants, 10, 598. DOI: 10.3390/plants10030598
  • Martínez-Subirà M, Romero M, Macià A, Puig E, Romagosa I,  Moralejo M* (2021). Bioactive compounds and antioxidant capacity in pearling fractions of hulled, partially hull-less and hull-less food barley genotypes. Foods 10, (3) 565. DOI: 10.3390/foods10030565
  • Martínez-Subirà M, Romero MP, Puig E, Macià A, Romagosa I, Moralejo M* (2020) Purple, high β-glucan, hulless barley as valuable ingredient for functional food. LWT-Food Science and Technology 131,109582. DOI: 10.1016/j.lwt.2020.109582
  • Fusté NP, Guasch M, Guillén P, Anerillas C, Cemeli T, Pedraza N, Ferrezuelo F, Encinas M , Moralejo M*, Gari E* (2019) Barley β-glucan accelerates wound healing by favouring migration versus proliferation of human dermal fibroblasts. Carbohydrate Polymers (210) 389-398. DOI: 10.1016/j.carbpol.2019.01.090
  • Casas AM, Gazulla C, Monteagudo A, Cantalapiedra CP, Moralejo M, Gracia MP, Ciudad FJ,Thomas WBB, Molina-Cano JL, Boden S, Contreras-Moreira B, Igartua E* (2020). Candidate genes underlying QTL for flowering time and their interactions in a wide spring barley (Hordeum vulgare L.) cross. The Crop Journal.
  • Casas AM, Contreras-Moreira B, Cantalapiedra CP, Sakuma S, Gracia MP, Monteagudo A, Moralejo M, Molina-Cano JL, Komatsuda T, Igartua E (2018) Resequencing the Vrs1 gene in Spanish barley landraces revealed reversion of six-rowed to two-rowed spike. Molecular Breeding 38:51. DOI: 10.1007/s11032-018-0816-z
  • López C, Muñoz P, Pérez-Hedo, M, Moralejo M, Eizaguirre M* (2017). How caterpillars cope with xenobiotics? The case of Mythimna unipuncta, a species with low susceptibility to Bt. Annals of Applied Biology. DOI: 10.1111/aab.12380

Professional Experience


Full Professor University of Lleida


Associate Professor University of Lleida

2001 – 2002

Ramón y Cajal Researcher, IRTA Lleida

1996 – 2001

Postdoctoral Researcher, IRTA Lleida

1994 – 1996

Postdoctoral Fellow University Paul Sabatier, Toulouse (France)

1990 – 1994

Doctoral Fellow, IRTA Lleida