Francesca Danesi, graduate in Food Science and Technology and PhD in Food Science, is working as experienced researcher at the Department of Agri-Food Sciences and Technologies of the University of Bologna. Since 2003 she collaborates with Prof. Alessandra Bordoni, coordinator of the Human Nutrition Unit. She is teaching assistant of ‘Human Nutrition’ (since 2004) and she was lecturer of ‘Micronutrients and bioactive compounds’, part of the course of 'Human Nutrition', from 2010 to 2011. In 2005 she achieved the professional license as Food Technologist and she is member of the Italian professional registry of Food Technologists (since 2007). In 2008 she spent six months as visiting PhD student at the Department of Nutrition at the University of Auckland (New Zealand) under the supervision of Prof. Lynnette R. Ferguson, head of the ‘Nutrigenomics New Zealand’ research group.
She was awarded a special mention for scientific merit in 2009 and a young researcher award in 2011 by the Italian Society of Human Nutrition, of which she has been member since 2004. In 2014 she won ‘Le Tecnovisionarie’ award by the Women and Technologies Association in the category ‘WomenFuture’, intended for young researchers in the fields of foods and nutrition.
In 2017 she obtained the national scientific qualification for associate professor in two disciplines: Biochemistry (academic recruitment field 05/E1 ‘General Biochemistry’, academic discipline BIO/10 ‘Biochemistry’) and Applied Dietary Sciences (academic recruitment field 06/D2 ‘Endocrinology, Nephrology, Food and Wellness Science’, academic discipline MED/49 ‘Food and Dietetic Sciences’).
She is working on several topics related to human nutrition and nutritional biochemistry, and she published more than thirty full papers in national and international journals and books. She is member of the Editorial Board of the journals ‘Journal of Food Research’ and ‘Oxidative Medicine and Cellular Longevity’.
She is participating in different national and international projects; she has worked on the project PATHWAY-27 - funded by the European Commission and coordinated by Prof. Bordoni - focused on food bioactive compounds and health claims. She is currently coordinating the Project “New Insight and Knowledge on anti-inflammatory Effectiveness of dietary phenolics (NIKE)” funded under the Programme ‘Scientific Independence of young Researchers’ (SIR) of Italian Ministry of Education, University and Research (MIUR), designed to support young researchers at the start of their independent research activity (awarded grant: 428,210 Euros; 55 projects selected among 1,909 proposals in all fields of Life Sciences - success rate <3%).
She is the scientific director of a research grant entitled “Study of the role of pomegranate juice ellagitannins in the modulation of inflammation in inflammatory bowel disease” (postgraduate fellow Enrica Rotondo) and a research grant entitled “Study of the role of ellagitannins in the modulation of inflammation in primary cultures of monocytes via transcriptomics analysis” (postdoc fellow Dr. Eleonora Derlindati).