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Associate Professor of Food Chemistry,
National Kapodistrian University of Athens

✉ valdram[at]uoa[dot]gr

☎ +30 210 7274489 (office)

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- Academic education - Degrees -

  • Doctoral degree in Engineering: Modelling the performance of thermal processes with respect to microbial inactivation phenomena occurring in food (model) systems. Department of Chemical Engineering, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium, January 5, 2006. 189 p. Promoter: Prof. J. Van Impe, co-promoter: Prof. A. H. Geeraerd.
  • Graduate degree in School of Agriculture, Direction: Agriculture Industries, Science and Food technology, Aristotle University, Thessaloniki, Greece, July 2001. Total grade: GO. Thesis title : Gelation of kappa-carrageenan in presence of low viscosity alginate. Promotor: Prof. Costas G. Biliaderis.

- Appointments -

  • 2022: Associate Professor, Chemistry Dept., UoA
  • 2015 – 2022: Associate Professor, Department of Food Sciences and Nutrition, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Malta, Malta.
  • 2011 – 2015: Senior Lecturer. Department of Food Sciences and Nutrition, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Malta, Malta.
  • 2010-2011: Research and Teaching fellow. UCD Biosystems Engineering, School of Agriculture, Food Science & Veterinary Medicine, University College Dublin, Ireland.

- Teaching Activities -

Undergraduate courses

  • Food Microbiology
  • Food Technology
  • An Introduction to Mathematical Techniques in Food Science

Postgraduate courses

  • Food microbiology (Chemistry Dept.)
  • Food Technology (Chemistry Dept.)

- Research Interests/Activities -

  • Predictive microbiology
  • Model process optimization
  • Non-thermal food processing technologies
  • Applied food microbiology/mycology

- Scientific Publications/Citations -

  • >80 publications in refereed journals
  • >4000 citations (H-index = 32)

- Top five publications -

  • GInaFiT, a freeware tool to assess non-log-linear microbial survivor curves. Geeraerd, A.H., Valdramidis, V.P., Van Impe, J.F. International Journal of Food Microbiology, 2005, 102(1), pp. 95–105
  • Assisted ultrasound applications for the production of safe foods. Sango, D.M., Abela, D., Mcelhatton, A., Valdramidis, V.P.Journal of Applied Microbiology, 2014, 116(5), pp. 1067–1083
  • Quantitative modelling approaches for ascorbic acid degradation and non-enzymatic browning of orange juice during ultrasound processing. Valdramidis, V.P., Cullen, P.J., Tiwari, B.K., O'Donnell, C.P. Journal of Food Engineering, 2010, 96(3), pp. 449–454
  • Microbial dynamics versus mathematical model dynamics: The case of microbial heat resistance induction. Valdramidis, V.P., Geeraerd, A.H., Bernaerts, K., Van Impe, J.F. Innovative Food Science and Emerging Technologies, 2006, 7(1-2), pp. 80–87
  • Defining the stability interfaces of apple juice: Implications on the optimisation and design of High Hydrostatic Pressure treatment. Valdramidis, V.P., Graham, W.D., Beattie, A., Linton, M., McKay, A., Fearon, A.M., Patterson, M.F. Innovative Food Science and Emerging Technologies, 2009, 10(4), pp. 396–404

- Selected Distinctions -

  • W. H. Pierce Prize. The W. H. Pierce prize is awarded to young microbiologists who have made a substantial contribution to bacteriology and is kindly sponsored by the Directors of Thermo Fisher Scientific. SfAM-MVNA Summer Conference, July 2, 2014, Brighton, UK. £3,000
  • First award in the Environmental category for the work entitled Ozone as an environmentally friendly treatment for the production of medicated bedding straw. The Festival of Research & Inno- vation, University College Dublin, 8th December 2010.
  • Researcher Exchange Programme (RXP) Award. Postdoctoral award by the British Council, Agri-Food and Biosciences Institute, Belfast (U.K.), January to April 2008.
  • Doctoral scholarship DB/03/071 by the Research Council of the Katholieke Universiteit Leu- ven, January to December 2004.

- Projects and Academic Activities -

  • Associate Editor: Food Research International (since 2017), Member of Editorial boards: Journal of Food Protection (since 2018), International Journal of Food Microbiology (since 2016), Journal of Applied Microbiology (since 2009)
  • Innovative Training Networks (ITN- Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions) Call: H2020-MSCA- ITN-2020 (TRANSIT, PROTECT, E-MUSE). Training Network of Sustainable Technologies (2021-2024).
  • Evaluator of European and National Programmes FET-OPEN, EIC Pathfinder, FWO, Estonian Research Council (ETAG), ALMA - Alberta Livestock and Meat Agency Ltd., Canada.