Foto del docente

Lucia Vannini

Associate Professor

Department of Agricultural and Food Sciences

Academic discipline: AGR/16 Agricultural Microbiology

Curriculum vitae

She is Assistant Professor in Food Microbiology at Faculty of Agriculture at the Bologna University, Department of Food Science.
She took a degree in Industrial Chemistry at the Faculty of Industrial Chemistry in Bologna on the 24/07/1992 debating an experimental degree thesis on Food Biotechnology. In 1993 she started working at the Faculty of Agriculture with Prof. Guerzoni having won a grant to do research on "Microbial systems able to reduce the pollution in drinking waters". In 1993 and 1994 she won a grant to attend the MS in "Food Chemistry and Technology" and in 1995 she took the MS degree debating an experimental thesis on the "Use of FTIR spectroscopy as a rapid method to monitor fermentation in foods". In 1995 and 1996 she won a grant to develop the "HACCP system for Companies involved in the processing and distribution of meat products".
In 1996 she won the entrance examination for a PhD in Food Biotechnology at the University of Bologna; in April 2000 she debated her thesis entitled "Use of Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy (FTIR) to monitor changes induced by microbial activities and food processing in different food" getting the PhD degree.

In 1999 and 2000 she won the research scholarship at the University of Bologna to develop research within the EC-funded project FAIR CT98-4083 "Development, verification and validation of predictive models for food spoilage".
In 2002 she won a research scholarship at the University of Bologna to make research on the "Use of high pressure homogenisation treatment to improve the safety of cheeses".

Since the 1st October 2001 she is working within the permanent staff as Assistant Professor in Microbiology at Faculty of Agriculture at the Bologna University.

Her principal research activities concern both basic microbiology (microbial physiology and response to environmental and chemico-physical stresses, microbial interaction) and food microbiology, and in particular traditional (heat treatments) and innovative food processing such as high pressure homogenisation, gas-plasma and ozone treatments. She is co-author of 100 research papers 67 of which published on international journals. She has took part into regional, national and international projects.

She has been involved in the project financed by EU, coordinated by M. E. Guerzoni on "HighQ RTE - Innovative non-thermal processing technologies to improve the quality and safety of ready-to-eat (RTE) meals” (FOOD-CT-2006-023140). Moreover, she took part into the EU projects “RESCAPE - Reducing egg susceptibility to contaminants in avian production in Europe” (FOOD-CT-2006-036018) and “AgriFoodResults - European initiative for a better use of the results of agri-food research" (GA 226927). Moreover she has been involved in the research activities related to the EU project NAMASTE “New Advances in the integrated Management of food processing wAste in India and Europe: use of Sustainable Technologies for the Exploitation of byproducts into new foods and feeds” (GA: 245267).

She has been the Scientific person in charge for the University of Bologna and Leader of WP4 within the FP7 project “SUCCIPACK - Development of active, intelligent and sustainable food PACKaging using PolybutyleneSUCCInate" (GA: 289196; 2012-2014).

She has also been the Scientific person in charge for the University of Bologna and Task Leader within the H2020 BBI-JU project "BIOWAYS - Increase public awareness of bio-based products and applications supporting the growth of the European bioeconomy" (GA 720762; 2016-2018).

She has also been responsible of a research unit in the framework of the national project "Prin 2010-2011 - Microorganisms in food and human: study of the microbiota and related metabolome in relation to the omnivore, vegetarian and vegan diet".

Currently she is actively involved in several projects: - "PLASMAFOOD - Study and optimization of cold atmospheric plasma treatment for food safety and quality improvement", PRIN 2017, MIUR - Italian Ministry of Education& Research (09/08/2019 - 29/08/2022); - "NewTechAqua - New Technologies, Tools and Strategies for a Sustainable, Resilient and Innovative European Aquaculture”, H2020 (GA n° 862658) (01/01/2020-31/12/2023); - "INGREEN - Production of functional innovative ingredients from paper and agro-food side-streams through sustainable and efficient tailor-made biotechnological processes for food, feed, pharma and cosmetics” H2020-BBI-JTI-2018-DEMO (GA n° 838120)(01/06/2019 - 31/12/2022).

She is also the Scientific person in charge for the University of Bologna within the H2020-RUR06-2020-IA project "CO-FRESH - CO-creating sustainable and competitive FRuits and vEgetableS’ value cHains in Europe", which has passed the evaluation phase and approved for financing. Currently, administrative and technical tasks are under preparation for the start of the project.


Lucia Vannini has been member of the Organizing Committee in charge for the organization of the 20th International ICFMH Symposium, FOOD MICRO 2006 “Food safety and food biotechnology: diversity and global impact” that was held in Bologna on the 29 August-2 September 2006 (Chairman: M.Elisabetta Guerzoni). Moreover, she has took part in the Editorial Board involved in the preparation of the Proceedings of the FOOD MICRO 2006.

Concerning teaching activities, Lucia Vannini has been teacher of the course "Laboratory of Food Microbiology" at the University of Ferrara since  2000. Moreover, she has been the teacher of the course "Biology of Microorganisms" from 2004/2005 to 2011/2012 at the University of Bologna within the degrees in Viticulture and Oenology and Food Science and Technology.

Currently she is the teacher of the course of "Industrial Microbiology", B.Sc. in Food Science and Technology.

She has been member of the Giunta of the Department of Food Science and of the Teaching Commission of the Agricultural Faculty at the University of Bologna.

Currently she is memeber of the Academic Board of the PhD Programme "Agricultural, Environmental and Food Science and Technology".

She is also actively involved in the research activities of the Inter-Departmental Centre for Industrial Agri-Food Research, specifically devoted to the technology transfer to food industries and partially financed by EU (POR-FESR).