Amanda Vaccalluzzo

Research Fellow
Scientific Tutor: Cinzia Lucia Randazzo
  • 4th November 2021. Research Fellow, AGR/16, at the Department of Agriculture, Food and Environment (Di3a), University of Catania: Research project: "Messa a punto di una coltura microbica di origine vegetale ad attività proteolitica e funzionale per la realizzazione di un formaggio Halal".
  • 13th December 2021: Awarded the title of PhD in "Agricultural, Food and Environmental Science" (International PhD XXXIV Cycle), University of Catania: Research project entitled "Study of stress adaptation, versatility and functionality of selected Lactiplantibacillus plantarum strains used as starter cultures for table olives fermentation".
  • 1st July-30th October 2021: International Research activity: Facultad de Ciencias Biomedicas, Universidad de Extremadura, Badajoz, Spain; supervisor: Prof. Joaquin Bautista-Gallego. Research activities related to the PhD project: Technological characterisation of yeasts isolated from table olives for use in fermentation processes; extraction of mannoprotein substances from yeasts to promote the growth of lactic acid bacteria.
  • 15th April-15th  June 2021: Research activity: Department of Life Sciences, University of Modena and Reggio Emilia; Laboratory of Biotechnology of Yeasts and Bacteria, supervisor: Prof. Lisa Solieri. Research activity related to the PhD project: "Transcriptional profiling of candidate genes for the β-glucosidase positive phenotype in Lactiplantibacillus plantarum".
  • 13th January-13th March 2020: Winner of the SIMTREA (Italian Society of Agricultural, Food and Environmental Microbiology) 2019 Award; Mobility grants for research stays, for young unstructured SIMTREA members.  Department of Soil, Plant and Food Sciences, University of Bari Aldo Moro, Italy. Supervisor: Prof. Maria De Angelis. Project title "Proteomic characteristics of Lactiplantibacillus plantarum strain under simulated table olives brine conditions".
  • February 2018- June 2018: Postgraduate research activity, Department of Food Biotechnology of Instituto de la Grasa (CSIC), Seville, Spain; supervisors: Dr. Bautista-Gallego J. and Dr. Arroyo-Lopez N. F. Research activities: isolation of yeasts from hypo-sodic and probiotic brines; application of molecular technique (rep-PCR) for identification and characterization of yeasts; study of β-glucosidase activity of lactobacilli and yeasts.
  • October 2017- February 2018: Postgraduate traineeship, Department of Agriculture, Food and Environment, University of Catania; supervisor: Prof. Cinzia Caggia. Research activity: phenotypic and genotypic identification of food-borne yeasts and bacteria.
  • October 2017: Master's Degree in Food Science and Technology, Department of Agriculture, Food and Environment, University of Catania; supervisors: Prof.ssa Cinzia Lucia Randazzo and Dr.ssa Alessandra Pino. Dissertation: "Selection of Lactobacillus plantarum strains to be used as starter cultures in fermented table olives".  Final mark: 110/110 cum laude.
  • October 2015: Bachelor's degree in Food Science and Technology, Department of Agriculture, Food and Environment, University of Catania.
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