Elena Arena

Researcher of Food science and technology [AGR/15]
Office: Via Santa Sofia, 98 - Piano II - Stanza 1 - sez. ChiMiTec
Email: earena@unict.it
Phone: 095 7580223
Fax: +390957141960
Office Hours: Monday from 11:00 to 13:00


She was born in Catania 3 january 1971.

1995 – Degree in Food Science and Technology with the grade of 110/110 e lode at the University of Catania.

1998 – Enabling to Food Technology profession at the University of Naples.

2000 – PhD degree in Food Biotechnology. During the PhD she worked at the laboratory of the Department of Food Science and Technology of the University of Reading (UK) under the supervision of J. M. Ames.

2005 – Lecturer in Food Science and Technology.

Teaching activity

2000-2001 she has given lectures of HACCP method and application in the course of “Quality management in food industries” for Msc students of Food Science and Technology at the Faculty of Agriculture of the University of Catania.

2002-2003 e2006-2007she has given lectures of “Organic chemistry” (3 CFU) in the integrated course of “Chemistry” for Bsc students of “Economia e gestione delle imprese agroalimentari”, Faculty of Agriculture of Catania - Nicosia (Enna).

Dal 2006-2007 al 2009-2010she has given lectures of “Food Technology” in the integrated course of “Microbiology and Food Technology” for the Bsc students of “Economia e gestione delle imprese agroalimentari”, Faculty of Agriculture of Catania - Nicosia (Enna).

2007-2008she has given lectures of “Aspetti tecnologici dei processi di trasformazione” at the S.I.S.S.I.S. - Scuola Interuniversitaria Siciliana di Specializzazione per l’Insegnamento Secondario di Catania, Indirizzo: Scienze naturali, classe 57/A.

2008-2009she has given lectures of “Vegetable Technology” for Msc student of Food Science and technology at the Faculty of Agriculture of the University of Catania.

Dal 2008-2009 al 2009-2010she has given lectures of “ Food Chemistry” in the integrated course of “ Food Chemistry and Technology” for Bsc student of Dietician, Faculty of Medicine and Surgery of Catania.

2009-2010 she has given lectures of “Food Chemistry” for Bsc students of Food Science and Technology at the Faculty of Agriculture of the University of Catania.

2011-2012 she has given lectures of “Food analysis” for Bsc students of Food Science and Technology at the Faculty of Agriculture of the University of Catania.

2012-2013/2013-2014/2014-2015/2015-2016  “Food analysis” (6 CFU) for Bsc students of Food Science and Technology of the University of Catania. 

2016-2017/ 2017-2018  “Food analysis and formulation” (7 CFU), for students of Food Science and Technology (L26), Dipartimento di Agricoltura, Alimentazione e Ambiente (Di3A), University of Catania.

 2018-2019 “Chemical, physical and sensory analysis” (7 CFU), for students of Food Science and Technology (L26), Dipartimento di Agricoltura, Alimentazione e Ambiente (Di3A), University of Catania


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The scientific activity of Dott.ssa Elena Arena could be summarized in the following research main theme:

  • Chemical characterization of blood orange juices;

  • Effect of thermal treatments in concentrated blood orange juices;

  • Evaluation of chemical and sensorial characteristics of Mediterranean agricultural products;

  • Quality index and thermal treatment effects in honey and hazelnuts;

  • New products and new technology applied to citrus and enological sector;

  • Characterization and enhancement of Sicilian native grapevines and wines;

  • Chemical characterization of pistachio seed. 
  • Evaluation of the chemical parameters and sensorial quality of healthy bakery products: hyposodium bread and bread enriched with citrus fiber.
  • Study of consumers' food preferences and correlation with physiological and psychological indices.