Carla has graduated with honour in Nutritional Biology at the University of Rome Tor Vergata in 2016 and she is also registered as a Biologist in the Italian system.
In 2020, she obtained her PhD in Translational Medicine and Food: Innovation, Safety and Management at the University of Foggia while research activities were performed at the Institute of Science of Food Production, National Research Council in Bari.
During her PhD she had the opportunity to work in the Mycology area with a project about the effect of a possible climate change scenario on the ecophysiological behaviour of Aspergillus carbonarius in the South Italy wine production chain. As a PhD researcher she joined the Applied Mycology Group at Cranfield University in 2018 where she had to opportunity to complete her investigation by performing mycotoxin and molecular analyses.
In 2020, she joined the Applied Mycology Group at Cranfield University where she is currently working as a Research Fellow.
Her main ongoing project is "NutriNuts - mitigation of aflatoxin occurrence in Ethiopian peanuts used in therapeutic food products to reduce malnutrition in Africa" funded by UKRI.
Articles In Journals
- Mohammed A, Seid A, Terefe H, Cervini C & Verheecke-Vaessen C (2022) Harvest and post-harvest handling practices associated with Fumonisin B1 Contamination in maize (Zea mays L.): Dietary exposure and risk characterization in Eastern Ethiopia, Mycotoxin Research, 38 275-287.
- Cervini C, Verheecke-Vaessen C, He T, Mohammed A, Magan N & Medina A (2022) Improvements within the peanut production chain to minimize aflatoxins contamination: an Ethiopian case study, Food Control, 136 (June) Article No. 108622.
- Ferrara M, Gallo A, Cervini C, Gambacorta L, Solfrizzo M, Baker SE & Perrone G (2021) Evidence of the involvement of a cyclase gene in the biosynthesis of ochratoxin A in Aspergillus carbonarius, Toxins, 13 (12) Article No. 892.
- Cervini C, Verheecke-Vaessen C, Ferrara M, García-Celac E, Magistà D, Medina A, Gallo A, Magan N & Perrone G (2021) Interacting climate change factors (CO2 and temperature cycles) effects on growth, secondary metabolite gene expression and phenotypic ochratoxin A production by Aspergillus carbonarius strains on a grape-based matrix, Fungal Biology, 125 (February) 115-122.
- Cervini C, Gallo A, Piemontese L, Magistà D, Logrieco AF, Ferrara M, Solfrizzo M & Perrone G (2020) Effects of temperature and water activity change on ecophysiology of ochratoxigenic Aspergillus carbonarius in field-simulating conditions, International Journal of Food Microbiology, 315 Article No. 108420.