Our Labs

Our Labs

The group can rely on a variety of laboratories, equipped with an array of instruments including HPLC-MSn, NMR, GC-MS. Most universities have similar capacities, our advantage is that we work together. Actually.

Food Chemistry Lab.

The Food Chemistry Lab has two main research lines: the study of any aspect related to mycotoxins in foods, feeds and plant material and the phytochemical and sensorial evaluation of  raw plant materials and processed foods. The lab has access to all the equipments available at the Department, including: one single quadrupole and one triple quadrupole ESI/APCI mass spectrometer, one spectrophotometer, one spectrofluorimeter, four HPLC modules for analytical separations with various detectors (UV, fluorescence, API-MS), one preparative HPLC module for purification, one capillary electrophoresis, equipment for gel electrophoresis, two GC and two GC-MS modules. We have also access to the equipments available at the Interdepartmental Center for Measurements (CIM), including: four NMR instruments (two 300 MHz, one 400 MHz equipped with a MAS probe for performing investigations of solid state samples, one 600 MHz), a LTQ-Orbitrap mass spectrometer, a MALDI-TOF/TOF mass spectrometer, a high-troughput 2D-electrophoretic automatic instrument for proteomic analyses, a spectropolarimeter for circular dichroism measurements, an AFM microscopy.

Human Nutrition Lab

The Human Nutrition Lab that joined the LS9 Interlab group has a main research focus: the study of the effects of phytochemical compounds in human physiology. We use UHPLC separations and tandem mass spectrometry to identify human and microbial metabolites of polyphenolic substances and try to investigate the mechanisms of action underlying their putatively beneficial effects by applying several in vitro experimental models.
The main facilities are:
Analytical
UHPLC-Linear Ion Trap MS system LTQ XL, Thermo.
2 HPLC line with DAD detectors
Basic spectrophotometric and spectrofluorimetric instrumentation.
Bioactivity
Full human colonic micro biome fermentation system.
Simulated digestion system.
Cell lab.
The available services go from the mere analytical characterization of phytochemicals in food and food and food extracts to the study of the bioavailability in vivo of specific compounds. We are also able to evaluate the bioactivity of phytohemical metabolites in a wide array of cell and cell free experimental models, in collaboration with several labs in Parma and abroad.

Applied Botany Lab

The interplay between botany, pharmacognosy, phytochemistry, pharmaceutical biology and molecular biology is the specialty of the Applied Botany Laboratory within LS9. At present time we have a specific focus on the development of DNA-based methods for the authentication and quality control of dried herbs and spices. We investigate also the properties of chemically-characterised plant phytocomplexes in a wide range of bioactivities including antibacterial, antifungal, antioxidant, antinflammatory, chemopreventive, mutageno-protective, antiproliferative and phytotoxic, in collaboration with several other laboratories in Italy.