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Who will be sharing their expertise

In this course, you will hear from a range of experts from UNITO, UoR, QIB, CSIC and Microbion.
Who Will Be Sharing Their Expertise

In this course you will hear from a range of experts from Università degli Studi di Torino, University of Reading, The Quadram Institute-QIB, The Spanish National Research Council-CSIC and Microbion.

Your educators

Professor Luca Simone Cocolin Luca is professor of food microbiology at the University of Turin and Editor in Chief for the International Journal of Food Microbiology, Scientific contact in EIT Food, President of the Board of Directors of EIT Food CLC South and President of the Italian Society of Agricultural, Food and Environmental Microbiology (SIMTREA). Luca is the author of more than 300 publications that relate to microbiology of food.
Dr Marta Olivares Marta is a researcher at CSIC, interested in the communication between the gut microbiota and the cells our body, and its consequences on health.
Dr Anisha Wijeyesekera Anisha is a Lecturer in the Department of Food and Nutritional Sciences at the University of Reading. Her research is focussed on better understanding the relationship between diet, gut microbiota and health.
Dr Maria Traka Maria is deputy Head of UK Food Databanks and a Group Leader in Diet & Health at QIB. Her research focuses on the role of diet in preventing disease, and the interplay of nutrition with the gut microbiome.

Your mentors

Dr Ilario Ferrocino Assistant professor in food microbiology, University of Turin
Dr Gemma Walton Lecturer in metagenomics, University of Reading
Dr Rebeca Liebana Garcia CSIC
Dr Jenny Plumb Research Scientist, food composition, Food Databanks National Capability, QIB
Dr Cathrina Edwards Group Leader, Optimising nutrient release from plant-based foods QIB
Dr Elisa Salvetti Business Developer in Agro-Food Microbiology, Microbion

Please note, the team will do their best to answer as many questions as they can but they will not be able to respond to them all.

The contributors

The content of this course has been prepared with the help of a large number of contributors. Below you can see all of them. We deeply thank them for their availability and willingness to help!


Dr. Yolanda Sanz: Professor of Research


Dr. Antonio Del Casale: CEO


Dr Lindsay Hall: Group Leader, Early life microbiota-host interactions.

Prof. Pete Wilde: Research Leader, Food structure, colloids and digestion.

Dr Brittany Hazard: Group Leader, Improving the health impact of wheat starch.

Prof. Arjan Narbad: Group Leader, Translational microbiome.

Dr Paul Kroon: Research Leader, Health benefits of dietary polyphenols.

Barbora Nemeckova:Postgraduate Student, Health benefits of dietary polyphenols.

University of Turin

Prof. Simona Bo: MD with expertise in the care of the patients with metabolic diseases.

The designers

This course has been designed through a series of brainstorms and meetings where all the people mentioned above have participated. The set up of the structure and the upload of the developed materials has been done by:

Dr. Tina Lasala: Engaged to identify, develop, and implement customized e-Learning solutions that support learning strategies and objectives at the Univeristy of Turin.

Dr. Floriana Vindigni: Technician of the E-Learning Staff, ICT Division of University of Turin.

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