Antonella Bertazzo


Department of Pharmaceutical and Pharmacological Sciences, University of Padova
via F. Marzolo 5, 35131 Padova - Italy

PositionAssociate Professor of  Food Chemistry (SSD CHIM-10)

Phone: +39-049-827-5377
Fax:  +39-049-827-5366

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Born in Padova

1985: Degree in Pharmaceutical Chemistry and Technologies,UniversityofPadova

1985-1988 Researcher fellow at the Pharmacological Department of Milano (Supervisor Prof. C.Galli)

1986-1988 Specialization Diploma ofSchoolofPharmacologyat theUniversityofMilano

1989-1991: PhD in Pharmaceutical Sciences, Dept of Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of Padova

1991-1993: Post-Doc Dept of Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of Padova  

1993-2002: Assistant Professor of Pharmaceutical Chemistry (SSD CHIM-08)

2002-2006: Associate Professor of  Pharmaceutical Chemistry (SSD CHIM-08)

2006-present: Associate Professor of Food Chemistry (SSD CHIM-10)


  Office hours

Wednesday  10 -12 

  Availability for Thesis Projects

Food chemistry, Nutritional sciences, Bioactive constituents, metabolites and functions, Omics technologies applied to food derivatives


  Scientific Activities

Research projects are mainly focused on the study of tryptophan metabolism; this amino acid plays an important role in several physiological and energetic processes. Enzymatic activities, i.e. indoleamino 2,3-dioxygenase IDO, tryptophan 2,3-dioxygenase TDO, will be assessed in various pathological conditions concerning SNC, as well as cancer, diabetes and metabolic syndrome. The aim of the research is to identify metabolic alterations, involved and/or associated with pathology induction, and possible diagnostic markers.

Other research lines are related to the analysis of metabolomic and proteomic variations in foods and nutraceutical derivatives in order to characterize their nutritional value and health influence. 


Monoamine oxidase A gene promoter methylation and transcriptional downregulation in an offender population with antisocial personality disorder
Checknita D, Maussion G, Labonté B, Comai S, Tremblay RE, Vitaro F, Turecki N, Bertazzo A, Gobbi G, Côté G, Turecki G.
Br J Psychiatry. 2015 Mar;206(3):216-22  IF 7,99 Q1 

Assessment of standardised parenteral nutrition in paediatrics
Bigioni F, Verlato G, De Lorenzi L, Frigo AC, Gaio P, Di Lenardo E, Bertazzo A, Chiandetti L.
Eur J Clin Nutr. 2014 Apr;68(4):535-6. IF 2,70 Q2 

The protein profile of Theobroma cacao L. seeds as obtained by matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization mass spectrometry
A. Bertazzo, F. Agnolin, S. Comai, M. Zancato, C.V. Costa, R. Seraglia, P. Traldi.
Rapid Communication Mass Spectrometry, 25(14), 2035-42, 2011. IF 2,798 Q2 

Effects of PEG-interferon alpha plus ribavirin on tryptophan metabolism in patients with chronic hepatitis C.
Comai S, Cavalletto L, Chemello L, Bernardinello E, Ragazzi E, Costa CV, Bertazzo A
Pharmacol Res. 2011 Jan;63(1):85-92. IF 4,43  Q1

The content of protein and non-protein (free and protein-bound) tryptophan in Theobroma cacao beans.
Bertazzo A., S. Comai, I. Brunato, M. Zancato, C.V.L. Costa.
Food Chemistry, 124, 93–96, 2011. IF 3,85   Q1 

  Research projects and Funds

2004-2006: PRIN-2004, MIUR - Italian Ministry of Scientific Research, - P.
Bioactive polypeptides and nanostructures: molecular structure, biological activity and innovative synthesis. 

2009-2011 Researcher fellow grant for the project:
Influence of the antiviral therapy in hepatitis C on tryptophan and its metabolites and proteomic studies, Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences,University ofPadova. PI 

2000 - 2015: Ex 60% Projects,UniversityofPadova, - PI
Tryptophan metabolism in pathological conditions; metabolomic in food derivatives