Volatile Compound platform
Food Quality and Nutrition Department
Research and Innovation Centre - Fondazione Edmund Mach
Via E. Mach 1, 38010 - S. Michele all’Adige (TN), Italy
Tel +39 0461 615 ###
Education and training
Valentina recently graduated from the University of Otago, New Zealand with a Bachelor of Science (Honours) degree in 2010. Her honours project focused on the methodological aspects of quantifying folic acid in food products entitled “Determination of folic acid and 5-MTHF in capsules and fortified food products using HPLC”. This included extracting micronutrients from a complex food material and utilizing the HPLC to identify and quantify it.
Prior to this, Valentina was employed as a demonstrator and tutor in the Department of Food Science at the University of Otago, New Zealand.
Valentina started her PhD programme with FEM-IASMA on the 16th May 2011. She is currently working under the supervision Dr. Franco Biasioli. Her PhD is in collaboration with the University of Otago, New Zealand where she will be supervised by Dr. Samuel Heenan. Valentina’s project investigates the volatile organic compounds found in apples with the use of a PTR-MS for online monitoring of these compounds. Information gathered from this will benefit the food industry through identifying and quantifying important compounds that heighten the gastronomical experience of apple consumption. This in turn would open opportunities for collaboration in other fields such as genomics and metabolomics in hopes to create the ‘ideal’ apple in corporation with sensory studies.