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María Lavilla Researcher AZTI - Food Quality, Safety and IdentityFood Safety, Food Control, Food Processing Technologies. Website: Publications Tel: + 34 688 618 928 Direction:Astondo Bidea, Edificio 609 Parque Tecnológico de Bizkaia Derio Bizkaia 48160 Spain Latitude: 43.29685Longitude: -2.869331

PhD in Food Science and Technology, specialized on development, validation and application of analytical methods for the characterization and testing of biomolecules: allergens/proteins, DNA and spoilage microorganisms in foods (Biomagnetic separation, ELISA, flow cytometry-FACS, phage display, antibody production and conjugation, etc).
She is currently involved in the study of the impact of novel technologies in food, mainly focused in two fields: Impact in allergen detection (IgG), allergenicity (IgE, human sera) and structure, and the effect of emerging technologies in other proteins (including enzymes) and microbial reduction (spores and pathogens).
She also works in the development of new food products and concepts (e.g. new textures) through novel processing technologies (High Pressure Processing, Pressure assisted thermal sterilization, High pressure homogenization).

Keywords: Food allergens, Microbial spore inactivation, Emerging technologies.