I am lecturer in Proteomics of food allergy at the University of Manchester.
I received my MSc in food technology from the University of Napoli in 2009. When I was an undergraduate, I had the great opportunity of joining the food proteomic group of the University of Naples working in collaboration with the ISA-CNR in Avellino. There is when I discovered my love for science. Over the years, I gained broad experience in protein chemistry and a specialisation in food allergies.
I received my PhD in Food Science and Technologies in 2013 from the University of Naples. The main topic of research was the hazelnut proteome and in particular the identification of the allergenic determinant(s) that bind IgE antibodies in the sera of paediatric patients with hazelnut allergy. I identified and characterised a not yet characterized food allergen in hazelnut by combined immunochemical and proteomic techniques. Thanks to international collaborations, I had the opportunity to work on side-projects focused on purification and characterization of food allergens, static development of gastrointestinal digestion models (within Infogest EU COST action).
During my experience as research fellow in the Allergen group at the JRC-Geel I gained valuable knowledge on development and validation of quantitative food allergens methodologies. I carried the validation and evaluation of commercially available ELISA. I also developed mass spectrometry base methodologies for quantifying allergens in complex food matrixes. I investigate the benefits of applying chemometric experimental design to enhance protein extraction and digestion efficiency.