Stefano Sforza was born in Parma (Italy) in 1969. In 1993, he obtained the M.s. degree in chemistry (cum laude) from the University of Parma. In 1998, he obtained the Ph.D. degree in chemical sciences from the same University, after having done part of his doctorate studies at the University of Copenhagen. From 1998 to 2000, he was a Postdoc at the Department of Organic and Industrial Chemistry at the University of Parma, where, in 2001, he became a Research Associate for the Faculty of Sciences. In 2005, he was appointed Associate Professor of organic chemistry at the Faculty of Agriculture. His current research fields involve the synthesis of peptide nucleic acids (PNAs) and the study of their binding properties to DNA and RNA, their use as highly specific genetic probes, to be used both in the biomedical field and in foods. He also studies the role of oligopeptides in complex food matrices by LC/ESI-MS and developed advanced mass spectrometric techniques (LTQ-OrbiTrap, MALDI Imaging) for the structural and functional characterization of food allergens. He has been an Invited Speaker at the 5th International Symposium on Nucleic Acids Chemistry in Tokyo (2007), at the 2nd Euchems Chemistry Congress in Torino (2008), at the 5th Interdisciplinary Symposium on Biological Chirality in Brescia (2009), and at the 239th Symposium of the American Chemical Society in San Francisco (2010). He received the “Best Poster Award” at EuroFoodChem X (Budapest, 1999) and EuroFoodChem XIV (Paris, 2007). In 2010, he received from the Ajinomoto company a grant in the framework of the “Ajinomoto Amino Acids Research Program” for investigating the role of lactic acid bacteria in producing unusual aminoacyl derivatives in cheeses. He is a Member of the Italian Chemical Society and of the American Chemical Society.
Biography Updated on 31 July 2011