Areas of expertise

  • Agrifood Systems
  • Food Safety


Carla graduated in Nutritional Biology at the University of Camerino (Italy) and then studied for an MSc in Human Nutrition at the University of Rome Tor Vergata (Italy). In March 2020 she obtained her PhD in Translational Medicine and Food: Innovation, Safety and Management at the Institute of Science of Food Production of the National Research Council in Bari (Italy) while registered at the University of Foggia (Italy). During her PhD she worked on understanding the effect of possible climate change scenarios on the ecophysiological behaviour of Aspergillus carbonarius in the South Italy wine production chain. In 2018 she joined the Applied Mycology Group at Cranfield University as a visiting PhD student gaining additional skills on fungal growth and incubation in in vitro system to simulate climate change scenarios. In 2020 she joined the Applied Mycology Group to work as a Research Fellow.

Research opportunities

Food safety


Current activities

Carla's current core project is "EWA-Belt: linking East and West African farming systems experience into a BELT of sustainable intensification” funded by EU Horizon 2020 in which she is working as a Research Fellow managing multiple partners towards developing effective pre- and post-harvest mitigation strategies to avoid mycotoxin contamination in stored food and feed products.

In 2024, she won a Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) project aiming at defining pre- and post-harvest measures to control aflatoxin occurrence in Ethiopian peanuts.

Carla is contributing to the development of the short-courses as part of the Mycotoxin Training Hub and she is also collaborating with senior colleagues to the creation of the Magan Centre of Applied Mycology (MCAM).


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