PhD student profile, Alessio Altomare

PhD Student: Alessio Altomare (ORCID n. 0000-0003-1068-5456)

Supervisor: Prof. Daniela Fracassetti (DeFENS)

Co-tutor: Dr. Maria Manara (Dal Cin Gildo S.p.A.)

Dean: Prof. Diego Mora

Research area: Food Science and Nutrition

Research topic

Innovative technological and microbial approaches for the sustainable development of the alcoholic beverage industry.


Project Synopsis

Yeast derivatives have been widely used for the winemaking. They can act as nutrients for fermentations, facilitate the tartaric, protein and color stabilization, improve the antioxidant capacity and the sensory characteristics of wines. This PhD project aims to exploit the application of yeast derivatives implementing the precision oenology. Specifically, investigations on yeast derivatives will concern their use as (i) nutrient for both alcoholic and malolactic fermentations, (ii) stabilizing agent and (iii) antioxidant considering their impact on the overall composition of wine. Moreover, (iv) a deep and novel characterization of yeast derivatives will be performed in order to evidence, for the first time, a possible correlation existing between their composition and their specific ability.  Yeast derivatives can be a suitable tool to limit the use of chemicals, inorganic additives or adjuvants throughout the winemaking, improving the sustainability of the wine industry.


Project keywords

Yeast derivatives, wine, precision oenology, sustainability



Università degli Studi di Milano

Department of Food, Environmental and Nutritional Sciences (DeFENS)

Via Mangiagalli 25, 20133 Milan



Prof. Alberto Barbiroli, DeFENS, Università degli Studi di Milano, Italy

Prof. Antonio Tirelli, DeFENS, Università degli Studi di Milano, Italy

Prof. Ileana Vigentini, DiSBCO, Università degli Studi di Milano, Italy

Prof. David Jeffery, University of Adelaide, Australia



Fellowship sponsor: Borsa finanziata a valere sul DM 352/22; Dal Cin Gildo S.p.A.



Publications with impact factor

  • Di Canito A., Altomare A., Fracassetti D., Messina N., Tirelli A.G., Foschino R.C., Vigentini I. (2023) The Riboflavin Metabolism in Four Saccharomyces cerevisiae Wine Strains: Assessment in Oenological Condition and Potential Implications with the Light-Struck Taste. J. Fungi 2023, 9, 78.


Proceedings of National and International Conferences (abstracts)

  • Fracassetti D., Messina N., Altomare A., Buccolieri R., Blanco I., Cola G., Rustioni L. (2022) Microclimate of grape bunch and sunburn of grape berries: effect on wine quality. 43rd World Congress of Vine and Wine, October 31st – November 5th, 2022. Baja California, Mexico. (Short communication).



Training and work experiences:

  • 2021-2022 – Involved in Enofotoshield project: Approcci innovativi e sostenibili per la prevenzione dei difetti fotoindotti nei vini bianchi e spumante (D.d.s. 1 luglio 2019—n. 9551, B.U. R.L. Serie Ordinaria n. 27—04 luglio 2019)
  • 2022 – Involved in the research activities related to “Il pinking: meccanismi di formazione & strategie di prevenzione e risoluzione” (CTE_NAZPR21ATIRE_02)


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