Prof. Lorenzo Morelli

Catholic University of the Sacred Heart, Italy

Prof. Dr. Lorenzo Morelli is Dean Faculty of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences at the Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Director Department DiSTAS – Department for Sustainable food process, teaching several courses in food microbiology.
Research activities have been focused on the biology and genetics of food related bacteria, with a focus on lactic acid bacteria and bifidobacteria.

Since 1982, when he published the first paper on the presence of drug resistance plasmids in Lactobacillus acidophilus and Lactobacillus reuteri, he has followed the evolution of the presence of antibiotic resistance in non-pathogenic bacteria.

Prof. Morelli was the co-ordinator of the first EU (1991) funded project devoted to probiotics (FLAIR project AGRF 0053 «Selection and characterisation of human probiotic strain «) and since that time he has a track record of research activity in the field of molecular biology applied lactic acid bacteria. Many EU research projects have followed (Deprohealth, Infabio, Ace-art,…). Molecular taxonomy of lactic acid bacteria is another field of interest, with a focus on molecular identification of bacteria from the microbiota of newborn infants.

In October 2001 Prof. Morelli was appointed by FAO/WHO as one out the international experts to prepare the report of the meeting held in Cordoba (Argentina) on the assessment of “Health and Nutritional Properties of Probiotics in Food including Powder Milk with Live Lactic Acid Bacteria”, leading further in 2002 in an FAO/WHO international consultation aimed at establishing the “Guidelines for the Evaluation of Probiotics in Food” (London, Ontario, Canada, April 30 and May 1, 2002).