Valeria Turfani was awarded a master’s degree in Biological Sciences from La Sapienza University of Rome and a second-level professional master’s programme in Safety and Quality of Food from Production to Consumption from the same University.
She is presently a researcher at the Research Centre for Food and Nutrition of the Council for Agricultural Research and Economics (CREA) in Rome, Italy. She has over 20 years experience in the fields of agriculture, food and human nutrition, which she has gained by taking part in many successful research projects involving Institutions both within Italy and abroad (Italian Ministries, EU, FAO).
In particular, her main research interests are: chemical characterisation of cereal components and study of their functional properties and interactions; study of the interrelationships between biochemical properties of cereal components and the technological properties of food raw materials and derived products; development of new cereal based products. Presently, her research activity mainly focuses on food quality and nutrition, in order to protect consumers and to improve the agro-food productions.
She is co-author of 33 international scientific publications, of which 18 are in peer-reviewed journals indexed in Scopus (278 citations; h-index 9) or ISI Web of Knowledge database. In the national context, she is co-author of more than 40 papers including publications in journals, book chapters and technical reports.