PhD student profile, Valentina Vinelli

PhD Student: Valentina Vinelli (ORCID n. 0000-0003-1494-3993)

Valentina Vinelli

Supervisor: Patrizia Riso, DeFENS – Division of Human Nutrition

Dean: Prof. Diego Mora

Research area: Food Science and Nutrition

Research topic

Bioavailability and biological activity of dietary compounds/patterns and their role on human health


Project Synopsis

The main goal of this project is to elaborate, develop and validate a plant-based dietary pattern consistent with the Italian tradition and able to promote human health while having low impact on planet health. The role of such dietary pattern on nutritional status and the modulation of important metabolic and functional activities will be investigated in the target groups of the population. In this regard, within the plant-based dietary intervention study, the bioavailability of micronutrients and bioactive compounds will be assessed in order to identify critical nutrients in the context of sustainable diets and to promote the development of new and/or improved food products. This research could contribute to identify strategies aiming to avoid nutritional inadequacy, ameliorate nutrient bioavailability and increase the feasibility of the plant-based dietary pattern taking full advantage of digital technology to assess and facilitate adoption of healthy and sustainable patterns.


Project keywords

Food bioactives; Dietary patterns; Sustainability



Department of Food, Environmental and Nutritional Sciences DeFENS -Dipartimento di scienze per gli Alimenti, la Nutrizione e l’Ambiente

Division of Human Nutrition – Sezione di Nutrizione Umana – Via Celoria 2, 20133 Milano




Fellowship sponsor: Università degli Studi di Milano

Project sponsor: The project is developed within the project MIND FoodS Hub (Milano Innovation District Food System Hub): Innovative concept for the eco-intensification of agricultural production and for the promotion of dietary patterns for human health and longevity through the creation in MIND of a digital Food System Hub (P.O.R. 2014–2020_BANDO Call HUB Ricerca e Innovazione _D.G.R. NR 727 del 5/11/2018).



Marino, M.; Puppo, F.; Del Bo’, C.; Vinelli, V.; Riso, P.; Porrini, M.; Martini, D. A Systematic Review of Worldwide Consumption of Ultra-Processed Foods: Findings and Criticisms. Nutrients 2021, 13, 2778.



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