PhD student profile, Robin Duncan

PhD Student:  Robin Duncan (ORCID n. 0000-0003-4235-2496)


Supervisor: Simone Guglielmetti, DeFENS

Co-tutor: Rosario Russo, Giellepi SpA

Dean: Prof. Diego Mora

Research area: Food Science and Nutrition

Research topic: The role of the intestinal microbiota in mediating the effect of diet on human health (Guglielmetti Simone Domenico, Riso Patrizia)


Project Synopsis

Prebiotics and their definition have been subject to the debate among the scientific community and a consensus has not yet been reached. Also, numerous nutraceuticals with gut health promoting capabilities, and that can have an impact on gut microbiota, are readily available on the market. But, the available literature is usually focused on few effects and lacking in holistic approach. New research based on community-wide sequencing has shown that interactions between prebiotic substrates and gut microbiota are even more complex than previously assumed. With this considered, one aim of the project will be to screen a wide array of food supplements and investigate the possibility of proposing a “gut microbiome friendliness” label. The second will be to formulate a novel prebiotic or synbiotic product that is more in accordance with the new findings.


Project keywords

Microbiology, Prebiotics, Gut Microbiota, Gut Health



Department of Food, Environmental and Nutritional Sciences (DeFENS)

Division of Food Microbiology and Bioprocesses

Via Mangiagalli 25, 20133 Milan, Italy



Fellowship sponsor: Giellepi S.p.A.; Università degli Studi di Milano



Arioli S., Montanari C., Tabanelli G., Barbieri F., Mora D., Duncan R., Gardini F.; Listeria monocytogenes sensitivity to antimicrobial treatments depends on cell origin; Scientific Reports volume 11, Article number: 21263 (2021);

Mantegazza G., Gargari G., Duncan R., Consalez F., Taverniti V., Riso P., Guglielmetti S.; Ready-to-eat rocket salads as potential reservoir of bacteria for the human microbiome; Microbiology Spectrum 2022; Accepted for publication – Ahead of print

Mantegazza G., Dalla Via A., Licata A., Duncan R., Gardana C., Gargari G., Alamprese C., Arioli S., Taverniti V., Karp M., Guglielmetti S.; Use of kefir-derived lactic acid bacteria for the preparation of a fermented soy drink with increased estrogenic activity; Food Research International 2022; Accepted for publication – Ahead of print


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