The “OMICS” program activities cross-cut the research interests of the Institute and offers an advanced analytical platform, open to national and international collaborations with academic institutions, research institutes and industries.
The scientists participating to this program have consolidated expertise in omics sciences, including:
1) Analytical methodologies based on mass spectrometry for proteomics and metabolomics, for the structural characterization of proteins, peptides, antioxidants, lipids, volatile molecules and other classes of biomolecules.
2) Informatics, bioinformatics, computational biology, data analysis and management, molecular modeling and docking.
3) Development of advanced optical biochips for specific detection of traces of compounds of interest for food safety, homeland security and Health.
4) Protein Purification and characterization.
5) Protein Fluorescence.
Research activities are focused on topics strategically relevant in food and life sciences, such as the complex relationship between food composition and human health, transformation and metabolic fate of food, characterization of components with beneficial or adverse biological activity, control of food authenticity, safety, and homeland security and environmental issues. These studies are also aimed to provide the biological and molecular bases to the development of new food, functional food and nutraceuticals.