PhD student profile, Giulia Bearzi

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


Research topic

Multidisciplinary approaches to the study of multi-phase foods as delivery systems for bioactive compounds


Project Synopsis

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.


Project keywords

Agri-food waste, bioactive compounds, enriched-product, mushrooms.

Outline of Bearzi’s project


Timeline of Bearzi’s project


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: Project code PE00000003, Concession Decree No. 1550 of 11 October 2022 adopted by the Italian Ministry of University and Research, Project title “ON Foods – Research and innovation network on food and nutrition Sustainability, Safety and Security – Working ON Foods

Project sponsor: Project funded under the National Recovery and Resilience Plan (NRRP), Mission 4 Component 2 Investment 1.3 – Call for tender No. 341 of 15 March 2022 of Italian Ministry of University and Research funded by the European Union – NextGenerationEU





Leave a Comment (or Reply)

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *