PhD Student: Giulia Bearzi (ORCID n. 0009-0005-6576-118X)
Supervisor: Prof. Cristina Alamprese – DeFENS
Co-tutor: Prof. Manuela Rollini – DeFENS
Dean: Prof. Diego Mora
Research area: Food Science and Nutrition
Multidisciplinary approaches to the study of multi-phase foods as delivery systems for bioactive compounds
Global concerns regarding the consumption of animal products and their negative effects on health and the environment have led to significant growth in the field of plant proteins. Several studies report that mushrooms show a good nutritional composition and presence of bioactive compounds beneficial for human health, thus the project will aim to the development and optimisation of foods enriched with bioactive-rich mushrooms (BRMs). After a literature search on the topic, the optimization of BRMs cultivation conditions will be performed and the obtained biomasses will be included in different food products. In particular, BRMs integration will be optimized for milk- and plant-based ice creams and mousses as well as for traditional and gluten-free bread and cookies. DoE techniques will be applied, and the optimization will be performed through RSM. For each product, technological and nutritional characteristics, in vitro digestibility, and sensory aspects will be evaluated.
Agri-food waste, bioactive compounds, enriched-product, mushrooms.
DeFENS – Department of Food, Environmental and Nutritional Sciences
Università degli Studi di Milano
Via Mangiagalli 25, Milan (MI), 20133, 4th floor
Dott.ssa Carola Cappa, DeFENS. Università degli Studi di Milano
Dott.ssa Silvia Grassi, DeFENS, Università degli Studi di Milano
Prof.ssa Luisa Mannina, Dipartimento di Chimica e Tecnologie del Farmaco, Sapienza Università di Roma.
Fellowship sponsor: Università degli Studi di Milano
Project sponsor: Programma di ricerca e innovazione “ON Foods – Research and innovation network on food and nutrition Sustainability, Safety and Security – Working ON Foods” nell’ambito del PNRR.