Francesco RIZZOTTO

Francesco Rizzotto


Food safety is a major public health concern and its control is a priority for the food supply chain. My PhD project, whose final goal is to provide new tools for food safety, can be divided in two axes:  the development of apta- and peptide-sensors for detection of Campylobacter spp. and B. cereus spores and vegetative cells in milk and chicken meat; the investigation of an innovative active packaging implemented with metal oxide nanoparticles with antioxidant and antimicrobial properties. The work is under supervision of Jasmina Vidic and aims to provide a portable electrochemical device for food safety analysis. I obtained bachelor’s degree in “Food Science and Technology” in 2017 at the University of Padova, Italy. I moved at the University of Udine and I obtained a master degree in “Food Science and Technology” in 2020, with the thesis entitled “Detection of B. cereus spores in milk using an electrochemical apta-sensor” under an international mobility for thesis program at Micalis Institute (INRAe), under supervision of Marisa Manzano and Jasmina Vidic. From July 2020 to May 2021 I’ve worked as research assistant at Micalis Institute on the development of new detection methods for food pathogens.


F. Rizzotto, M. Khalife, Y. Hou, C. Chaix, F. Lagarde, N. Scaramozzino, J. Vidic (2023) Recent Advances in Electrochemical Biosensors for Food Control. Micromachines, in press. 

F. Rizzotto, M. Marin, C. Péchoux, S. Auger, J. Vidic (2023) Colorimetric aptasensor for detection of Bacillus cytotoxicus spores in milk and ready-to-use food. Heliyon, in press.

I. Podunavac, M. Kukkar, V. Léguillier, F. Rizzotto, Z. Pavlovic, L. Janjušević, V. Costache, V. Radonic, J. Vidic (2023) Low-cost gold-leaf electrode as a platform for Escherichia coli immunodetection, Talanta, in press.

J. Vidic, S. Auger, M. Marin, F. Rizzotto, N. Haddad, S. Guillou, M. Guyard-Nicodème, P. Vizzini, A. Cossettini, M. Manzano, Z. Kotsiri, E. Panteleli, A. Vantarakis (2022) Role of real-time DNA analyses, biomarkers, resistance measurement, and ecosystem management in Campylobacter risk analysis. Present Knowledge in Food Safety, Academic Press, p. 752-776.

M. Marin, F. Rizzotto, V. Léguillier, C. Péchoux, E. Borezee-Durant, J. Vidic (2022) Naked-eye detection of Staphylococcus aureus in powdered milk and infant formula using gold nanoparticles. J. Microbiol. Methods, 201, 106578.

F. Rizzotto, Z.Z. Vasiljevic, G. Stanojevic, M.P. Dojcinovic, I. Jankovic-Castvan, J.D. Vujancevic, N.B. Tadic, G.O. Brankovic, A. Magniez, J. Vidic, M.V. Nikolic (2022) Antioxidant and Cell-friendly Fe2TiO5 Nanoparticles for Food Packaging Application. Food Chem., 390:133198. 

Bobrinetskiy I., Radovic M., Rizzotto F., Vizzini P., Jaric S.,  Pavlovic Z., Radonic V., Nikolic M.V., Vidic J. (2021) Advances in Nanomaterials-Based Electrochemical Biosensors for Foodborne Pathogen Detection. 11, 2700.  

Kotsiri Z., Vantarakis A., Rizzotto F., Kavanaugh D., Ramarao N., Vidic J. (2019). Sensitive detection of E. coli in artificial seawater by aptamer-coated magnetic beads and direct PCR. Applied science.

Cormontagne D., Rigourd V., Vidic J., Rizzotto F., Bille E., Ramarao N. 2021. Bacillus cereus induces severe infections in preterm neonates: implication at the hospital and human milk bank level. Toxins, 2021, 13,123. 

Modification date: 14 September 2023 | Publication date: 05 October 2021 | By: JV