PhD student profile, Parisa Abbasi Parizad

PhD Student: Parisa Abbasi Parizad



Tutor: Prof. Stefania Iametti, DeFENS

Dean: Prof. Francesco Bonomi

Research area: Food Science and Nutrition

PhD title achieved on: 11st May 2018


Research topic

Multidisciplinary approaches for the characterization of pigmented cereals: from macromolecular organization to bioactive compounds


Project Synopsis

Project title: Enriching food with bioactives: functional role of their mutual interactions, and of interactions with other food components

The main purpose of this research project is to produce functional foods from pigmented grains. The activities can be summarized as: 1) characterization of macromolecules and bio-functional components in pigmented grains and their modification related to processing; 2) characterization of macromolecules and bio-functional components in pasta enriched with functional compounds (i.e. anthocyanins, polyphenols, fiber); 3) defining the nutritional/functional properties of the developed food products by evaluation immunomodulatory properties by using in vitro cell models


Project keywords

pigmented grains, enriched-pasta, immunomodulating properties, intestinal microbiome



Laboratory address: Via Celoria 2, 20133 Milano

E-mail address:



Prof. Maria Ambrogina Pagani, Prof. Alessio Scarafoni, Prof. Patrizia Riso, Dr. Aristodemo Carpen, Dr. Jessica Capraro (DeFENS)

Prof. Pasquale Ferranti (DSA, Napoli)

Prof. Hanne Frokiaer (Univ. of Copenhagen, DK)



Fellowship sponsor: Università degli Studi di Milano



Abbasi Parizad, Parisa, et al. “Pro-oxidant–antioxidant balance in obese patients undergoing acupuncture.”Clinical Biochemistry 44.13 (2011): S95-S96.DOI: 10.1016/j.clinbiochem.2011.08.218

Abdi, Hamid, et al. “Effects of auricular acupuncture on anthropometric, lipid profile, inflammatory, and immunologic markers: a randomized controlled trial study.” The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine 18.7 (2012): 668-677. DOI: 10.1089/acm.2011.0244

Darbandi, Mahs, et al. “Effects of auricular acupressure combined with low-calorie diet on the leptin hormone in obese and overweight Iranian individuals.”Acupuncture in Medicine 30.3 (2012): 208-213. DOI: 10.1136/acupmed-2011-010121

Darbandi, Sara, et al. “Auricular or body acupuncture: which one is more effective in reducing abdominal fat mass in Iranian men with obesity: a randomized clinical trial.”Journal of Diabetes & Metabolic Disorders 13.1 (2014): 1. DOI: 10.1186/s40200-014-0092-3

Abdi, Hamid, et al. “The effects of body acupuncture on obesity: anthropometric parameters, lipid profile, and inflammatory and immunologic markers.”The Scientific World Journal 2012 (2012).DOI: 10.1100/2012/603539

Darbandi, Mahs, et al. “The effects of Electro Acupuncture on leptin hormone in Iranian obese and overweight subjects.” Clinical Biochemistry 44.13 (2011): S127-S128.DOI: 10.1016/j.clinbiochem.2011.08.301

Zanoletti, Miriam, et al. “Debranning of purple wheat: Recovery of anthocyanin-rich fractions and their use in pasta production.”LWT-Food Science and Technology (2016). DOI: 10.1016/j.lwt.2016.10.016

In vitro Starch Digestibility of Commercial Gluten-Free Pasta: the Role of Ingredients and Processing Conditions (Submitted to journal of Food Science)

Phenolics from pigmented grains have remarkable immunomodulating properties (Poster presentation in Miami Winter Symposium, January 24-27, 2016)

Pigmented grains as a source of immunomodulating bioactives (Oral presentation in15th European Young Cereal Scientists and Technologists Workshop, Milan/Bergamo, Italy April 26-29, 2016)

Molecular characterization of pasta enriched in fiber and antioxidants: investigation of their functional role by in vitro and in vivo approaches (Poster presentation in 21th Workshop on the Developments in the Italian PhD Research on Food Science Technology and Biotechnology,University of Naples Federico II, Portici, September 14rd-16th, 2016

Pigmented grains as a source of immunomodulating bioactives (Poster presentation in XIV Congress (FISV)2016 September 20th – 23rd  Rome.




Honours and awards

Wood-Whelan Research Fellowship, IUBMB , May 2014

Miami 2016 Winter Symposium Poster Prize, January 2016


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