Dr. Hayrettin ÖZER, is a Chief Research Scientist (chemist) in TÜBİTAK life science institute since 2000. He has research interest on food safety focusing on management of mycotoxins in food crops, validation/development of analytical methods/techniques, development of reference materials and organizing of proficiency tests. He coordinated various national projects and is currently coordinating 2 national projects titled “Center of Development of Food Analysis Kits” and “Development of Reference Materials and Proficiency Tests for Food Analysis”. He has participated in many FP7 and FP6 projects spesifically related with mycotoxin management and thier risk assessment in food crops. He, as TUBITAK team leader, is currently participating as partner coordinator and Turkish node representative in HORIZON 2020 project called METROFOOD-RI (Project in the ESFRI Roadmap 2018).
He is also currently involved in INNOFOOD (EU-IPA II) Project as a member of operation coordination unit. Additional to the R&D projects, he is organizing national and international trainings, dissemination, communication and exploitation activities and giving lectures on method validation and uncertainty in chemical analysis and various analytical methods focusing on food safety and mycotoxins.
Ceyda PEMBECİ KODOLBAŞ, is a biologist. She has been working as a researcher since 1996. She responsible for Mycology Laboratory and TUBITAK MRC Mould Culture Collection since 1998. Her main research interests are isolation and identification of food borne fungi, mycotoxigenic fungi, food microbiological quality and safety, the preservation and maintenance of living fungi, hygienic material and application efficiency test. He has participated in H2020, FP7 and FP6 projects such as MycoKey, MycoRed, MycoGlobe. She had active role in R&D, trainings and dissemination activities within national and international projects.
Özlem ASLAN, PhD candidate, (female), is a food engineer working in TUBITAK MRC Life Science Institute since 2011. She has completed her master degree on Chemical Engineering and proceeding with her PhD on Biotechnology at the moment. She is managing Chemical Analyses Laboratory and Physical Analyses Laboratory in the institute. Her research interest focuses on quality control and safety of food products, standardization, authenticity, determination of food frauds by physical and chemical analyses, food extraction technologies and functional food development. She has expertise on using equipment such as rheometer, differential scanning colorimeter, texture analyser, viscometer, image analyzer, HPLC, spectrophotometer and various pilot scale infrustructure.
Dr. E. Aytunga ARIK KIBAR, is a Chief Research Scientist at TÜBİTAK Marmara Research Center Life Science Institute, Kocaeli, Turkey since 2011. After graduating from Department of Food Engineering, Hacettepe University, Ankara Turkey, she earned her MSc and PhD degrees in food science and technology at the same university. From 2001 to 2011 she worked as researcher at Hacettepe University, Department of Food Engineering.
During her 10 years at TÜBİTAK MAM Life Science Institute, she has taken part in many national and international projects. She participated as a task leader in RESFOOD (EU FP7, GA: 308316) and NutraHEALTH (EU FP7, GA: 316012) projects and participated in MycoKey (H2020 GA: 678781) and PRO-METROFOOD (GA: 739568) projects. She is currently deputy coordinator of EU-IPA II - INNOFOOD Project and participating METROFOOD-RI and MycoTWIN projects as a researcher. She is the one of founding member of "TÜGİP - Food Innovation Platform of Turkey" (www.tugip.org.tr). TÜGİP is the national food technology platform aims to sustainable development of Turkish food industry with R&D and innovation-based activities. Her key technical interests include innovative food processing and preserving technologies and physicochemical and functional properties of polysaccharides and oligosaccaharides.
Dr. Neşe Aslı (Kısıkkaya) Öncü, is a Cheif Research Scientist (Food Engineer) in TÜBİTAK MRC Life Science Institute since 2006. She is managing Microbiological Laboratory in the institute.
Her research areas; food safety, investigation of the impact of the food processing methods on the microbiological load of the products, validation/development of microbiological methods, Microbiological risk assesment, Predictive microbiology, patogen challenge tests, development of microbiological reference materials. She has been involved in many FP6, FP7 projects and is also currently involve in HORİZON 2020 projects (METROFOOD PP, METROFOOD-RI, PRO-METROFOOD and MycoTWIN) and has good experience in framework programme projects.
Dr. Ebru PELVAN PELİTLİ, is a Chief Research Scientist at TÜBİTAK Marmara Research Center Life Science Institute, Kocaeli, Turkey since 2008. Her research areas are; extraction, enrichment/purification of bioactive compounds, medicinal and aromatic plants, and development of functional food products. She has coordinated and taken part in several national and international projects [NutraHEALTH (EU FP7, GA: 316012), Bacchuss (EU FP7, GA: 312090), Apifresh (EU FP7, GA: 243594)]. She is currently coordinating PhenolAcTwin project (H2020, GA: 951994) focusing on dietary polyphenols and bioavailability/bioefficacy.
Dr. İlknur Demirtaş received her B.S. and M.Sc. degrees in chemistry, she then obtained her Ph.D. degree in organic chemistry, in 2017. She conducted her postdoctoral research at the Imperial College London, UK. She has been working with broader project teams and developing new research concepts at TUBITAK since 2011. Her research interests involve food safety, design, synthesis and application of porous materials, formulation of value-added products and their characterizations, lab-scale and pilot-scale productions, and zero-waste approach in food production. She builds domestic and international partnerships with academia, public and private sectors around R&D projects and support R&D with patents, articles, and collaborations.
PhD candidate Elif YENER, is a bursaries in ‘’Development of Technologies for High Quality Fruit and Vegetable Drying and Production of Innovative Products with High Competitiveness‘’ project in TÜBİTAK MRC FI since 2020. After graduating from Department of Food Engineering, Yıldız Technical University, Istanbul Turkey, she earned her MSc and PhD degrees at Food Engineering Department of Yıldız Technical University.
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Dr. Antonio F. Logrieco, Director of CNR-ISPA (http://www.ispacnr.it/) and President of Bari CNR Research Area (http://www.ba.cnr.it/). Scientific responsible, participant and coordinator of various national and international projects dealing on Plant pathology and food safety, with particular attention on mycotoxin problem including the COST action 835 “ Agriculturally important toxigenic fungi”; MycoKey; “Integrated and innovative key action for mycotoxin management in the food and feed chain) –MycoKey Horizon 2020Foodsafety4EU , MycoTwin H2020, H20202-BBI-JTI-PHENOLEXA- .
He is the founder and director of the Agro-Food Microbial Culture Collection "ITEM" (http://server.ispa.cnr.it/ITEM/Collection/). He was President of International Society for Mycotoxicology (http://www.mycotox-society.org) and of Mediterranean Phytopathological Union (http://www.mpunion.eu/) and of ISPP “Fusarium Committee”. Elected as member of Hungarian Academy of Sciences and nominated as Distinguished International Supervisor of Institute of Food Science and Technology, Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences. Honorary instructor of annually Fusarium training workshop at Kansas State University, USA. He has strong record of patents, publications and papers on international journal (more then 300) and co-editor of 12 books/special issues on food safety and quality (Scopus h-index 51). Relevant expertise are in food mycology/mycotoxicology, molecular/bio-chemical characterization of active secondary metabolites (mainly phyto- mycotoxins) of toxigenic fungi/plant pathogens as well as in fungal genetic and fermentation technology
Senior scientist at CNR-ISPA, with more than 20-year experience on mycotoxin analysis in food and feed, mycotoxin decontamination approaches, and biomarkers of mycotoxin exposure (humans and farm animals) for risk assessment. Principal Investigator or participant in 7 European Projects (5th, 7th, HORIZON 2020 FPs), 1 EFSA Project (Art.36), 13 Ministerial Projects and >30 Collaborative Research Agreements with Research Institutes and small/medium/large enterprises dealing with efficacy and safety assessment of feed additives.
Her current research is mainly focused on the development and efficacy assessment (in vitro and in vivo) of decontamination strategies for the reduction of the exposure of farm animals to xenobiotics (mycotoxins and bacterial pathogens) based on the use of biological agents (bacteria, enzymes, yeasts) and adsorbent materials (including agricultural by-products) as feed additives. Her research activity also includes the development and validation of methods (LC-PDA/FLD/MS, GC-FID/MS and aptamer-based biosensors) to analyse microbial metabolites (such as mycotoxins) in microbial cultures, food-/feedstuffs, biological samples of animals fed contaminated diets; the study on fate and stability of toxins in the food/feed chains and along processing of food/feed; the study of mycotoxin transfer to tissues, biological fluids via contaminated foods/feeds and the development of new methods for the analysis of mycotoxin biomarkers; the development and efficacy assessment of antimicrobial substances (organic and inorganic additives) to be used as animal growth promoters in alternative to antibiotics.
Senior researcher at ISPA from 01.2010. Degreed cum laude in Agricultural Sciences 1992. Habilitation for Agronomist 1993. Fellowship: 1993 CNR (2 years); 1995 CNR-CEE (1 year). Contract as Researcher at ISPA 3 year 1997-2000. Researcher at ISPA from 02.01.2001-2010. 2007- Fellowship at North Caroline State University - USA. In 2014, he got the habilitation for Associate Professor in Microbiology (07/F2) and Plant Pathology (07/D1). In 2018 he got the habilitation as Full Professor in Plant Pathology (07/D1).
His main field of research are morphology, biology, ecology, eco-physiology, taxonomy and phylogenetics of toxigenic fungal species, mainly Aspergillus and Penicillium species. He is also expert in culture collection and preservation of filamentous fungi, food mycology, microbiology, molecular biology, PCR methods, biological assays and database management. He was involved in more than 20 ministerial and European projects. He realized as author or co-author 120 publications, with an international editorial board, 5 book chapters and more than 130 abstracts in international and national conferences.
She was graduated in Biological Sciences, get PhD title on Agro-food production's defense and quality, and master in Clinical Biochemistry. Since 2000 she is involved in research activities related to food safety at CNR, focusing attention on toxigenic fungal contaminants. Her research is oriented mainly to the study molecular biodiversity of toxigenic fungi and agents of diseases for crops of considerable agri-food interest, belonging to genera Fusarium, Aspergillus and Penicillium. The experience gained over the years has enabled her to develop skills related to molecular methods for identification of fungal species and chemotype; phylogenetic studies; PCR and LAMP assays for monitoring toxigenic fungi contamination in food products; characterization of mycotoxins biosynthesis genes; description of new fungal species.
Her scientific activity is documented in 67 full papers, published in peer-reviewed journals, reaching with h-index of 28 (SCOPUS). She is also author in more then 100 abstract presented at Nationals and International Conferences, and co-author of 1 Italian patent. She is Member of Coordinator staff for BioGenRes (http://www.biogenres.cnr.it), and has been a member of organizing/scientific committee of various international congress and training courses organized by CNR-ISPA. She participated to numerous national and international projects. She has been Referee for several Journals and Editor for the volume "Mycotoxigenic Fungi", in Methods In Molecular Biology. She has contributed to the training of young researchers, undergraduates, PhD students, scholarship holders, trainees and foreign researchers.
Senior researcher with over thirty years experience on mycotoxins and relevant biomarkers of exposure, new biologically active fungal secondary metabolites. Main experties in the development, validation and standardization of analytical methods and their application to study mycotoxin occurrence, fungal toxigenicity, in vitro and in vivo effectivenes of detoxification strategies, human and animal biomonitoring.
Veronica Maria Teresa Lattanzio (Dr.). Chemist. Senior Researcher at the Institute of Sciences of Food Production – National Research Council of Italy. Coordinator of the H2020 project “FOODSAFETY4EU: Multi-Stakeholder Platform for Food Safety in Europe” (G.A. 101000613). Her main research topic is the development and validation of analytical methods for mycotoxin and pesticides detection either based on mass spectrometry techniques and immunoassays, including organization of collaborative trials.
She is Member of the Working Group “Biotoxins” (CEN/TC 275 WG5 “Food Analysis – Horizontal Methods – Biotoxins), of the European Committee for Standardization. She collaborates with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) as Expert to provide individual and collective training related to testing chemical contamination for food safety. She also has specific expertise in identification, structural characterization and determination of mycotoxin metabolites and modified mycotoxins, study of fate of mycotoxins during food processing, identification and characterization of biomarkers for the evaluation of animal and human exposure to mycotoxins.
Dr. Cozzi, is a technician in CNR-ISPA since 2001. Among his main activities and responsibilities is the responsibility of the Mycology laboratory. His interests include the epidemiological and biochemical characterization of toxigenic fungi responsible for mycotoxin contamination in Agri-food products. Study of microbial antagonism and the investigation of metabolites useful as bio-pesticides Evaluation of toxicological risk related to presence of toxigenic fungi in cereals and grape derived products. Dr. Cozzi has been involved as participant in several National and International research projects like “Mycored”, within the 7th European Framework Programme. “BiOLEA” within European Terrirorial Cooperation -“Greece-Italy”. He was also involved in the research MycoKey project that has been funded by European Commission under Horizon 2020.