She got her Master’s degree in biotechnologies for the quality and safety of human nutrition with a thesis regarding the development of an high-efficiency transformation procedure for functional genomics in red raspberry (Rubus idaeus). During her Ph.D., Valentina identified and characterized volatile organic compounds (VOCs) synthesized by plants and microorganisms against plant pathogens. Then, she contributed to develop and analyze VOCs and amino acids of white wines to preserve their quality using CG-TOF-MS and HPLC-QqQ-MS methods.
The aim of her research will be the characterization of the role of VOCs produced by plants and microorganisms to develop sustainable control methods against plant pathogens.
Her main research interest will be in the field of plant physiology, particularly the study and the deepening understanding of the role of VOCs in plant-microbe interaction to control plant pathogens.
- Since 01/07/2019 Post-doctoral research at Foundation Edmund Mach.
- 2017-2019 Post-doctoral research at Laimburg Research Centre.
- Mar 2018 Ph.D. in Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Diploma program: Food Chemistry and Biotechnology at University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences (BOKU), Vienna and Foundation Edmund Mach
- Oct 2013 Master degree in Biotechnologies for the quality and safety of human nutrition, University of Bari “A. Moro”
- Dec 2009: Bachelor degree in Biotechnologies for Agricultural and food production, University of Bari “A. Moro”.