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Alessandra Bendini

Associate Professor

Department of Agricultural and Food Sciences

Academic discipline: AGR/15 Food Science and Technology

Curriculum vitae

EDUCATION AND ACADEMIC CAREER

Alessandra Bendini got the degree in Chemistry and Pharmaceutical Technology in 1995 (University of Bologna) and in 1999 she achieved the PhD degree in Food Biotechnology (University of Florence). In the following years, thanks to several research contracts and Post-PhD contract, she continued the scientific research.

In March 2006, she became AGR/15 researcher afferent to Department of Agricultural and Food Sciences, University of Bologna (DISTAL) and in 2009 senior researcher (Assistant Professor).

Since 2005, she has been enrolled to the list of expert assessors of virgin olive oils and currently works as Deputy Panel Leader in the professional Panel of DISTAL, recognized by MIPAAF.

Since 2014, she has been achieved the Sensory Project Manager title from the Italian Society of Sensory Science (SISS).

Alessandra Bendini obtained the National Scientific Qualification (ASN) for admission to the role of University Professor (second level) for both the sectors 07/F1 (Food Science and Technologies) and 03/D1 (Chemistry and Technologies of Pharmaceutical, Toxicological and Food-Nutraceutical area) in the competition announcements 2012 and 2013, respectively; later, in the competition announcements 2016 (IV four month period) she obtained the National Scientific Qualification for admission to the role of University Professor (first level) for the sectors 07/F1 (Food Science and Technologies).

In 2019 she became AGR/15 Associate Professor  nel settore concorsuale AGR/15 afferent to DISTAL, University of Bologna.

TEACHING ACTIVITIES

Since 2003, Alessandra Bendini has been university lecturer for several bachelor degree programmes in the subjects: "Chemical, Physical and Sensory Analysis of Food Products" (University of Verona, Sciences Faculty), "Food Chemistry" (First Cycle Degree course in Food Technologies, University of Bologna), "Food Analysis" (First Cycle Degree course in Food Technologies and Second Cycle  Degree course in Chemistry, University of Bologna), "Exercises on Application of Unit Operations" (First Cycle Degree course in Food Technologies, University of Bologna).

Currently, she is member of the Quality Assurance Commission of the Food Technology bachelor degree programme.

She is supervisor of several students’ final elaborates within the Bachelor Degree Programme of Food Technology and the Master Degree in Food Science and Technology (University of Bologna).

RESPONSABILITY OF BILATERAL AGREEMENTS FOR THE ERASMUS PROGRAM

Alessandra Bendini is responsible for the following bilateral agreement for the Erasmus Program:

  • Food Science and Technology Area - Universitat de les Illes Balears Palma de Maillorca (active since 2012-2013 academic year).
  • Food Science and Technology Area - Universitad de Granada (active since 2014-2015 academic year).

SUPERVISOR ACTIVITY OF PhD STUDENTS

She was, and currently is, supervisor of PhD students (Agricultural, Environmental and Food Science and Technology program, topic in Food Science and Biotechnolgy, University of Bologna).

RESEARCH Area AND SCIENTIFIC EXPERTISE

Alessandra Bendini works in the research area of Food Sciences and Technology, group of Instrumental and Sensory Analysis of Food at DISTAL, University of Bologna http://www.distal.unibo.it/en/research/research-areas/food-sciences-and-technology/instrumental-and-sensory-analysis-of-food and her main interests lie in the topics:

  • Processing of virgin olive and other cold-pressed vegetable oils i) studying the effect of technological variables on the quality of the product ii) testing mechanical co-milling for the enrichment of vegetable oils with bioactive molecules and flavours iii) setting up new technological solution (e.g. application of ultrasounds, clarification with inert gases).
  • Characterization and valorisation of by-products i) studying the by-products obtained from olives milling and tomato products ii) investigating on the possible reuse of specific molecules (e.g. phenolic compounds, lycopene).
  • Analytical determination for assuring the quality and the authenticity of virgin olive oils i) monitoring possible modification induced by processing, storage and transportation ii) assess the quality grade by chemical-physical and sensory analysis iii) setting-up of rapid and innovative method for detection of markers of quality and authenticity (high performance chromatographic techniques, spectroscopic tools).
  • Chemical and sensory characterization of food by i) determination of volatile molecules responsible for pleasant odours and off-flavours ii) analysis of the profiles in major (e.g. fatty acid composition) and minor compounds (e.g. phenolic molecules) iii) measurement of the antioxidant activity of specific fractions iv) applying quantitative-descriptive or profile methods, discriminatory tests, affective or consumer test to evaluate food acceptability and preference.

ACTIVITIES IN INTERNATIONAL RESEARCH PROJECTS

  • She is currently the co-coordinator of the H2020 EU Project OLEUM “Advanced solutions for assuring authenticity and quality of olive oil at global scale” (2016-2020, Grant Agreement n. 635690, coordinator Prof. Tullia Gallina Toschi). This role was obtained by unanimity vote of the General Assembly of the project Consortium (16th of December 2016) and reception of the related amendment by the European Community (7th July 2017). She is the WP leader (WP4 “Analytical solutions addressing olive oil authentication issues”) and task leader (of Task 3.1 "Quantitative Panel Test development and rapid screening by instrumental methods" and Task 4.4 "Increasing consumer’s confidence on the geographical origin of EVOOs: development of analytical tools"). http://www.oleumproject.eu/
  • She is involved in research activities in the European PRIMA project SUSTAINOLIVE "Novel approaches to promote the sustainability of olive groves in the Mediterranean" (2019-2023, Grant Agreement n. 1811, coordinated by the Jaen University)

  • She participated, as a member of the UNIBO unit, in the H2020 EU Project AUTHENT-NET "Food Authenticity Research Network" (2016-2018, Grant Agreement n. 696371). http://www.authent-net.eu/
  • She was involved in the European project ECROPOLIS “Organic Sensory Information System (OSIS): Documentation of sensory properties through testing and consumer research for the organic industry” (2009-2011, Grant Agreement no. 218477-2). http://cordis.europa.eu/publication/rcn/15917_en.html

    ACTIVITIES IN NATIONAL AND REGIONAL RESEARCH PROJECTS

  • She participated as responsible for the research line on the tomato by-product in the project FOOD CROSSING DISTRICT (POR-FESR 2014-2020) funded by Emilia-Romagna Region (2016-2018, coordinator Prof.ssa Tullia Gallina Toschi). http://www.foodcrossingdistrict.it/
  • She was the responsible for the setting-up and validation of sensory test procedures of food products in the ITALIAN TASTE project (organized by the Italian Society of Sensory Studies) aimed to the study the food preferences of Italian people (2015-2017, coordinator Prof. Erminio Monteleone). http://www.it-taste.it/
  • She participated in the project "MEAting - Sensory and fast Instrumental analyses of meat and meat products: an integrated approach for quality control and communication" FARB funded by the University of Bologna (2014-2016, coordinator Prof.ssa Tullia Gallina Toschi) http://www.meatingpanel.it/
  • She was the scientific responsible for UNIBO unit for the two-years (2011-2013) National project PRIN 2009 "Innovative technologic applications to improve the extraction yield of virgin oils from olives and seeds and for rapid controls of their quality" (number 2009KCP5TY_002, Principal Investigator: Prof. Natale Frega).
  • She participated in the APQ project (Framework Program Agreement between the Ministry of Education, University and Research, the Ministry of Economic Development and the Calabria Region), POR FESR 2007/2013, Action 3 “Study, planning and developing of technological system for the recovery and extraction of bioactive compounds from by-products of olive oil industry for innovative applications” (2009-2012, coordinator APOR).
  • She participated in the project PON01_01545 OLIO-PIU' “New technological systems and processes in the olive oil sector for increasing the value of products and by-products, for the developing development of new sectors to and the creation of ecological processing” (2011-2014, coordinator Prof. Marco Poiana).

RESEARCH PRODUCTS

She is author of 174 scientific papers, published on national and international journals (h-index Scopus: 40, total citations 5652, id: http://orcid.org/0000-0002-6515-5519) and more of ninty publications on national and international Workshop Proceeding. She is referee for several international and national journals with impact factor in the field of Food Science and Technology and she is an evaluator for MIUR (REPRISE platform e.g. VQR, FIRB).Since 2020 she is component of the Editorial Board of the international research journal, peer-reviewed and open access, "Foods" (Editore MDPI).


PRIZES AND AWARDS

  • She won a prize for the best poster titled “Application of GC-IMS to discriminate virgin olive oils according to their sensory grades” (Casadei E., Panni F., Valli E., Bendini A., Rossini C., Cevoli C., Garcia Gonzalez D.L., Gallina Toschi T.) submitted and discussed to the International Congress 5th FoodIntegrity 2018 (Nantes, 14-15 November 2018).
  • She won a prize for the best poster titled “Sensory evaluation and consumer acceptance of 140 “premium quality” extra virgin olive oils” (Valli E., Bendini A., Popp M., Bongartz A.) submitted and discussed to the International Congress EuroSense 2012 (9-12 September, Berna, Swiss).
  • She won a prize for the best poster titled “Evaluation of the effect of Bactrocera oleae pest on the qualitative and quantitative composition of volatile compounds of the virgin olive oil aroma” (Bendini A., Cerretani L., Rossi E., Del Carlo M., Compagnone D., Cichelli A., Lercker G.) submitted and discussed to the National Congress of the Italian Society of Oil and Lipids (SISSG) (7-8 June 2007, Rome, Italy).
  • She won a prize for the best poster titled “Phenolic profile as a tool to study the homogeneity of extra-virgin olive oils belonging to different Spanish and Italian DOPs” (Carrasco-Pancorbo A., Gómez-Caravaca A. M., Cerretani L., Bendini A., Segura-Carretero A., Fernández-Gutiérrez A.) submitted and discussed to the 4th EuroFed Lipid Congress. Oils, Fats and Lipids for a Healthier Future (1-4 October 2006, Madrid, Spain).
  • She received an award for the scientific activity (interview with Dr. Jennifer L. Minnick, Editorial Coordinator, Essential Science Indicators, Thomson Reuters for ScienceWatch.com) by "Tracking Trends & Performance in Basic Research" for the presence in the database of the most cited researchers in the last 10 years (1998-2008) with at least 1% of citations in the related sector (Agricultural Sciences): http://sciencewatch.com/inter/aut/2008/08-dec/08decBendini/
  • She was selected for her scientific activity by Research and Third Mission Division of the University of Bologna (ARIC) for participating as best young researcher to the Dissemination European Research (D.E.R.) Project Atomium Culture* www.atomiumculture.eu. with the aim to publish (2012) the article “New proposal of analytical method to evaluate the quality of extra virgin olive oil [C073]” on the magazines “Irish Times” and “El País”. http://sociedad.elpais.com/sociedad/2012/02/14/actualidad/1329174003_850215.html

ACTIVITIES IN SCIENTIFIC AND ORGANIZING COMMITTEES

Member of the Organizing Committee of the International Congress 5th MS Food Day (11-13 October 2017, Bologna).

http://www.spettrometriadimassa.it/Congressi/5MS-FoodDay/5MSFoodDay_Scientific_Programme.pdf

Member of the Organizing and Scientific Committee of the VI National Congress of the Society of the Sensory Studies (SISS) (30 November – 2 December 2016, Bologna). https://scienzesensoriali.it/event/vi-convegno-nazionale-siss/

Member of the Scientific Committee for developing and validation of sensory test procedures in the Italian Taste project. http://www.it-taste.it/il-comitato-scientifico/

AFFILIATION TO SCIENTIFIC SOCIETIES

Alessandra Bendini is member of i) Italian Society of Food Sciences and Tecnologies ii) Italian Society of Oil and Lipids iii) European Federation for the Science and Technology of Lipids, Olive Oil Division iv) Italian Society of Sensory Studies v) Italian Society of Chemistry-Food Chemistry Division.

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