PhD student profile, Stefano Gerna

PhD Student: Stefano Gerna (ORCID n. 0000-0002-8068-1883)


Supervisor: Luisa Pellegrino – DeFENS


Dean: Prof. Diego Mora

Research area: Food Science and Nutrition


Research topic

Improving technological, nutritional and environmental sustainability of dairy products within a “from farm to fork” strategy.


Project Synopsis

During milk industrial transformation and marketing, food waste is inevitably generated. Unsold milk contains important sources of precious nutrients, like proteins, currently destined to feed industry. The aim of the project is to evaluate different approaches to find alternative uses of the milk components. This goal will be reached using innovative biotechnological processes having a zero/reduced environmental impact. Milk components and specific formulations will be tested to produce different derivatives, like nanofilms, fibers or pellets and respective applications. This approach will be tentatively developed in a dairy company using a circular economy concept.


Project keywords

Milk Components; Biomaterials; Circular Economy.



DeFENS – Department of Food, Environmental and Nutritional Sciences

Via Celoria 2, 20133 Milano – Italy, Building 21040, Mezzanine Floor



Dr. Paolo D’Incecco – DeFENS

Prof. Sara Limbo – DeFENS

Prof. Alberto Barbiroli – DeFENS



Fellowship sponsor: Programma Operativo Nazionale “Ricerca e Innovazione” 2014-2020 – Action IV.5 “Doctorates on green topics” (PON); Parmalat S.p.A.

Project sponsor: Parmalat S.p.A.



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